Today was the last day of school for the year. Now I don't have school-aged kids, but I help out one of my associates by picking up her daughter on most days and bringing her home. This type of trip is often enlightening as I get a glimpse into the expectations and observations of a teenager. I must admit, it has been a while since my youngest was that age. (And she never wanted to talk to me at that point anyway! Lol!) So I felt completely disabled when my young rider began to whine about how boring the summer was going to be and how there was never anything to do. No, I didn't rail against her, listing opportunity after opportunity. No, I didn't encourage her with the different places we were traveling past. No . . . I just sat there . . . in the same stunned silence that used to enfold me when my daughter would start in. I just sat and let this sweet, but short-sighted young lady slam my favorite city.
So I must respond, if not to her, then to whomever has the good fortune to read it.
From the edge of town in the east to where it collides with beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall has activities available for anyone! Lakeside living offers all sorts of boating, including sailing and yachting club races. They're exciting to join and lovely to watch, especially during the evening sunset hours! I've been informed that Lake Ray Hubbard is now the #1 bass lake in Texas. If fishing boats are a measure...it must be true.
If hiking or biking is more to your liking, there are several nature trails in the area, also in nearby Rowlett, and of course at White Rock Lake in the heart of Dallas. There are public parks in luxurious condition, and nature preserves to make your outings both relaxing or exciting - whichever you happen to be in the mood for. And Rockwall is the edge of the metroplex, so land is an ample commodity. Horse stables, pastures, stock tanks and lovely country lanes are spotted throughout the area.
Rockwall also offers many Civic Clubs, including the Exchange Club, Lions Club, Rotary, Kiwanis and many others. Churches are numerous. Lakepointe Church is probably the largest, with over 12,000 people. There are others of various denominations which range in various sizes, warm and friendly. In fact, friendly is a great definition for this town!
You won't ever need to drive into Dallas for a restaurant or entertainment venue. There are leisure restaurants overlooking the lake, various hamburger spots and fast food chains throughout the city, and a brand new movie and outdoor mall at the "Harbor" at the water's edge.
Seriously, Rockwall has it all!