Welcome to Lakeside chat!! As I mentioned in the intro. I’m the founder and blogger at LakeZen.com – a lake based site to help you plan your next lake vacation or weekend getaway.
This new show is all about the lake life – what’s available at different lakes across the country, the joys of lake home ownership, having fun with your kids at the lake, creating traditions with your family, boat ownership, dock headaches, ski clubs and other lake topics. It’s a continuation of my website LakeAuthority.com. You may see some cross-over between the website and the podcast, but my intention is to have the podcast extend the content of the website.
My 3 Goals for the Blog and Podcast:
1st Goal: Help couples and families who enjoy traveling to different lakes, know what’s available at each lake so they can plan a fun and exciting trip before arriving at their destination.
2nd Goal: I also want to help lake lovers have a safer, more enjoyable trip each time they return to their favorite lake place.
3rd Goal: I want to help boat owners with boat ownership responsibilities based on my own personal experiences – things they should know to maintain their boat and their trailer, or some guidelines to follow while boating.
You will hear interviews from experts in many different areas – people who are very familiar with particular lakes, rental properties, real estate agents and lake business owners. You will also hear episodes where there is no interview – but I want to offer my assistance in what I’ve learned over the years of traveling to a lake with my family.
So Why me?
Lake life is my passion! I grew up on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri as a kid with my parents and family. I learned how to drive a boat before they had age restrictions on boating licenses. I love to swim in the lake, waterski, wakeboard, drive the boat and occasionally be a passenger. I love boat rides and I enjoy hanging out with my friends and my family while drinking a cold drink and floating on a tube.
We enjoy camping every weekend. We have a camper that we use and we enjoy camping with our lake friends. We like to combine meals at the end of the day and we all enjoy sitting around the camp fire at night, sharing stories of the day or prior ski days.
Once a year, my family heads back to the Lake of the Ozarks. We haul our ski boat and pull everyone skiing all week long. We are establishing traditions with our kids that were traditions we shared when we were young. Things like sunset boat rides, a trip to the ice cream store, driving to lakeside restaurants like Bear Bottom Resort so the kids can use the waterslides while the adults watch the boats and come and go in the cove, sipping on our favorite lake beverages and just daily fun times of skiing, wakeboarding and tubing.
Over the past 2 decades, I’ve been to many lakes across Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. I feel lucky that I’ve had so much fun at these lakes and I hope to travel to more lakes in the years to come.
My dream is to own a lake home of our own someday. I want to wake up every morning with the sun reflecting off the water and listening to the sounds of the water lap up on shore. I would love to have a boat dock with our ski boat, a larger boat made for the Lake of the Ozarks and a pair of wave runners.
I would also love to own a cigarette boat. There is nothing better than hearing the sound of those dual engines as you cruise down the lake. I rode in one years ago, even before I was an adult and was hooked!! I’d settle for a ride too, if you’re offering!
This show is meant to be a happy place – to take you to the lake as you listen and pull you away from the daily grind. I’m always up for suggestions on content so it meets the listeners needs, not mine.
As for LakeZen.com….
In the weeks and months ahead, I will be creating more content for LakeZen.com where I will be offering lake guides to help you plan your lake vacations this summer. I have a ton of content to share – I’ve just been hesitant to release it all. That’s going to change going forward. I want you to know what I’m up to – where I’m staying busy. I want to be the most helpful lake place on the internet!
If you’re looking for a fun community that is all about the lake life, head over to the LakeCrowd.com. This will automatically redirect you to the new Facebook group I created called LakeCrowd. Currently we have 1400 members and growing. We have different themes for each day to help you share your pictures and videos. Days like Monday Music and Memories, Tuesday Tumbles, Wednesday Wake and so on. Join the group and share pictures of your boat or lakes! I’m always interested in learning about the other lakes in our country. It will also give you the chance to meet other people in your area so you can plan hangouts this summer!
Also be sure to visit the newest Facebook group, LakeZen. You can easily find this group at LakeZenGroup.com. This group was specifically created for this website and podcast. If you are interested in vacationing at a lake, this group is for you.
To keep you up to date, you can sign up for my newsletter at LakeZen.com/Newsletter. Each week, I will be sending an update on what’s happening in the community, the podcast and the website.
You can also find me on twitter @lake_zen and pinterest at pinterest.com/lakezen. If you want to send me an email, my email address is S H E Y @ Lakezen.com.
I can’t wait to get this show in iTunes and fill a need that hasn’t been met before – podcasts about the lake life!
That’s all for episode 1 so until we chat again keep dreaming about your lake time and I’ll talk to you soon.