Milwaukee is one of the many beautiful cities along North America’s freshwater coast. But despite the relatively narrow passages compared with, say, an ocean, the Great Lakes can be dangerous and unpredictable to navigate, and commercial passenger vessels are rare and increasingly cost prohibitive where they do exist. As a result, we’ve rarely entered the waters of Lake Michigan any further than we can swim. That is, until earlier this month. Some friends of ours moved back to Milwaukee and to welcome them home, we took a Milwaukee Duffy Boat out beyond the harbor and puttered around inside the breakwater wall for about 90 minutes before taking a brief voyage up the Milwaukee river.
To see the city from the lake was a real treat, and a vantage we don’t often see except in photos. The Calatrava designed art museum’s wings were out, the skies were clear, and the lake was buzzing with birds, sailors, and occasional larger tour vessels. Here are some photos. Welcome back to the Giovannetti’s!