Maybe it's not as picturesque as Aruba, but the Lake Erie water is cleaner than ever, and the wildlife viewing is great.
It is October, however, and although North Carolina is still enjoying 85 degree days, the leaves are still bland green here. I'm hoping Erie trees will be very colorful. The weather looks a bit chilly, so I may have to shop for sweaters. I'll update you in a few days with pictures of leaves and shopping finds. I love vacations from school!