Friday, July 3, 2009

Life over water

Jordan Walther, 16, knee boards across Harry Strunk Lake, Nebraska one last time before the sunlight fades into the west on July 1st, 2009.

Photos and story by Kyle Bruggeman

July 3rd, 2009, Enders Lake, Neb: The forth of July is tomorrow, and many Nebraskans plan to celebrate their independence near water. Whether you like to ski, fish, or just cool off from the summer sun, lakes and reservoirs are prime locations to spend the day with family.

For the Smith and Defield families it's a treat to drive east out of Colorado to Enders Lake, Nebraska to set up their camper right on the shore. Grilling hamburgers on the beach as kids play in the water is just part of adventure. "It don't get much better than this" says Jeff Smith, 44, when referring to spending time on the lake. "I can spend all day here and never get bored."

Casey Defield, 8, (near fire) made roasted marshmallows over a campfire for S'mores on July 2nd, 2009. Defield likes to use Rese's Peanut Butter Cups for her chocolate filling.

Meadow Gray, 14, discovered an abandoned duckling while swimming in Enders Lake with her friend Kayleigh-Dawn Baker, 15, on July 2nd, 2009. Gray plans to take care of the duck until she can find a safe place for it when she gets home.

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