June 7, 2008
Beaches open; boy, how we've missed the sun
MY EYES! MY EYES! Racine's beaches opened for the summer today, and the display of pasty white flesh was too much to bear.
By 11 this morning, there were a few dozen families enjoying North Beach. Well, the kids seemed to be enjoying the sand and the water. Mothers mostly sat wrapped in towels while alternately complaining about the cold or warning about the need for sunscreen. Or hoping for some peace and quiet as she cracked the spine on her first summer beach novel, James Patterson's Along Came The Spider, a Hannibal Lecter kidnapping ripoff if ever there was one.
The kids, as you'd expect, were oblivious to all that ... running into the water, splashing, playing with toy boats, building the first sand castle of the season.
Off shore, a lone kite surfer was trying out his new kite, skimming the surface as he went back and forth, under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards.
Meanwhile, down the road a bit in Kenosha, the seventh annual Outta Sight Kite Festival was taking place at Kennedy Park, alongside the lake. Scores of kids and adults launched their kites simultaneously at noon for a spectacular display. The kite festival continues today until 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 to 5.