Posts Tagged ‘Great Lakes’

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Where am I living?

March 26, 2014

Earlier today I was looking for news about development plans for the lakefront of Lake Erie and I found this cool site . . .

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. . . for Lake Erie Floating Homes  – what fun!

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Last year we were able to take a February vacation to Florida.  One of our stops was on Marathon Key where we stayed overnight in a houseboat.  Granted, it was tied to the dock, but it had comfy chairs on the deck and we watched the moon and stars on the water.  Altogether a delightful experience.

These Lake Erie homes are closer to home, but I would guess are definitely seasonal.

Here are a couple of shots of the lake taken earlier this month.

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Yes, that is the frozen lake.

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This is by the marina in Rocky River.

Actually I have a terrific idea for a future lakefront park.  I think it would be super to have a model of the Great Lakes done up as ponds with their outline and contour visible.  Both educational and fun!

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Why am I shivering?

February 22, 2014

This has been a cold, cold winter for us in the old Western Reserve, and elsewhere along the Great Lakes.  This story is from New Scientist.

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Look out below! These people appear doomed by a gigantic overhead explosion. But they’re safe. The firework-like formations are actually icicles formed by huge waves that batter the Apostle Islands sea caves in the south-west corner of Lake Superior, just off the coast of Wisconsin.

The caves are normally inaccessible. But the exceptionally cold weather in the US this year has led to almost record coverage of ice over the Great Lakes, creating a safe route to the caves for the first time since 2009.

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(Image: NOAA)

An estimated 10,000 visitors have trekked over since the route was declared safe by the US National Parks Service on 15 January.

The Parks Service says that access could remain until as late as March, but warns visitors to take no chances with creaky ice on the lake, and to beware falling ice if they do make it to the caves.

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Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

August 23, 2012

We have met the enemy, and they are ours.

Oliver Hazard Perry – who, symmetrically, was born and died on August 23 – 1785 and 1819, respectively.

Born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with a history of accomplished Naval officers on both sides of the family, Oliver served in the War of 1812, initially supervising the construction of naval vessels and the training of their crews for battling the British on Lake Erie.  In 1813 he engaged the British fleet off Put-in-Bay.

The British anticipated an easy victory and the early fighting went in their favor.  After losing his flag ship, Perry sailed for the ship Niagara and was able to ram the lead British ship while firing rifles on the crew.The Battle of Lake Erie became a decisive victory for the Americans.  As a result, Perry became a popular hero and is memorialized throughout the area.

Perry Monument, Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio

References

Ohio History Central

Midwest Connection

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Who discovered what today?

June 9, 2012

On this day in 1534, Jacques Cartier is purported to be the first European explorer to set eyes on the St. Lawrence River.

I thought this depiction of the locks and ports along the St. Lawrence Seaway was interesting.   I read that before the lock system was built, the St. Lawrence was navigable only as far as the Lachine Rapids near Montreal.  The St. Lawrence Seaway system was actually not completed (for use by modern ocean-going vessels) until 1959.  So up to this point, people could not leave the Great Lakes! ; )

This text is from History.com:

French navigator Jacques Cartier becomes the first European explorer to discover the St. Lawrence River in present-day Quebec, Canada.

In 1534, Cartier was commissioned by King Francis I of France to explore the northern American lands in search of riches and the rumored Northwest Passage to Asia. That year, Cartier entered the Gulf of St. Lawrence by the Strait of Belle Isle, explored its barren north coast for a distance, and then traveled down the west shore of Newfoundland to Cape Anguille. From there, he discovered Magdalen and Prince Edward islands, explored Chaleur Bay, and claimed Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula for France. He then discovered the inlet of the St. Lawrence River, sailed north to Anticosti Island, and then returned to Europe.

Previously thought to be a barren and inhospitable region, Cartier’s discoveries of the warm and fertile lands around the Gulf of St. Lawrence inspired Francis I to dispatch him on a second expedition in 1535. On this voyage, he ascended the St. Lawrence to the native village of Hochelaga, site of the modern-day city of Montreal. On his return voyage to France, he explored Cabot Strait along the southern coast of Newfoundland. Cartier led a final expedition to the region in 1541, as part of an unsuccessful colonization effort. His extensive geographical discoveries formed the basis of France’s claims to the rich St. Lawrence Valley in the 17th century.

This photo is of Vieux Montreal.  It is really quite a sight to see a freighter traversing the canal from the vantage point of Montreal.  Like a building moving sideways.

I put in this satellite photo of currents on an ice-covered St. Lawrence because it was so beautiful graphically.