I had the great privilege this year of being able to swim* in three out of the four Great Lakes. On Labor Day, my husband, Nevada and I walked across the Mackinac Bridge. Once a year, on Labor Day, they open the bridge for walkers and about 40,000-60,000 people walk across. It's pretty amazing actually.
The Mackinac Bridge is located where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet which gave me the opportunity to swim* in two of the lakes without much effort.
Here I am getting out of Lake Huron. It was shallow where we were and hard to get in (lots of muck). You'll have to take my word for it that I went under.
And here I am, in Lake Michigan. The beach access was great and we were able to get some decent pictures. The water was kind of dirty though -- lots of stuff floating around in it. Chilly, but not too cold.
It was probably in the 70s -- not great swimming weather, but not too horrible. That was on Sunday, August 31. Then on Wednesday, it was in the 80s here in Eagle Harbor so I took the plunge into Lake Superior. Three Great Lakes.
I think one year, I'll put on my list to swim in all five in the same trip .. take a trip around the lakes. might be fun.
*I use the term "swim" quite loosely - what it really means is that I got in the water and was completely submerged .. that's it. no swimming strokes. just getting wet (including my hair).