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Old Cowbelle: Lake Superior, it is!
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While Husband lived, and we took short and long vacations; one of our favorite places was the shores of Lake Superior.

Way, way back, one of the first times we drove all around the lake, the road was just being constructed, no blacktop or scenic outlooks, just sandy rutted roads. There were no motels along the route, and residents opened their homes to tourists, and we stayed in one of those homes on our way.


It didn't take many years before there were smooth highways and motels and restaurants every few miles. Commercialism takes over, but it doesn't change the shoreline and the waves crashing on the sand when the wind is brisk. It is so beautiful. Husband used to have a lot of patience, walking with me and picking up smooth stones. (Back when I was in the "rock painting" mode.)

A recent e-mail (thanks, T.) brought a lot of information about Lake Superior that was news to me! I would like to share the whole list, but it is too long. But some of the interesting facts are:

--There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America with water one foot deep.

--Lake Superior was formed during the last glacial retreat, making it one of the earth's youngest major feature at only about 10,000 years old.

--The deepest point in the lake is 405 meters, or 1,333 feet.

--Lake Superior contains 10 percent of all the fresh water on planet earth.

--There are 78 different species of fish that call the big lake home.

--The maximum wave ever recorded on Lake Superior was 9.5 meters or 31 feet high.

--Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior and the largest source being the Nipigon River.

--If you stretch the shoreline of Lake Superior out to a straight line, it would be long enough to reach from Duluth to the Bahamas.

--Some of the world's oldest rocks, formed about 2.7 billion years ago, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior.

--There have been about 350 shipwrecks recorded in Lake Superior.

--It contains as much water as all the other Great Lakes combined, plus three extra Lake Eries.

I thought this was really interesting. I didn't look it up on Snopes for verification, so if there are doubters out there, you do it.

I have been privileged to walk on those shores again in my later years, with Bruce and family!

The last trip Husband and I enjoyed was, yup, Lake Superior to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, 25 years ago! There is humor about that incident, too. Our family had planned a surprise celebration, with reservations at the Coachman, flowers for the church, etc. But we were unaware of it, and just went. So the surprise was on them! We didn't know about it until we returned.