Gibbs Sheluk reporting in for duty. Judy (you know her as Judy Penz Sheluk) has assigned me with writing this post because, as she likes to put it, “she’s chilling out by the lake.” That lake is Lake Superior, and our camp (that’s what folks call waterfront homes and cottages up there, even though it’s not a camp with tents and stuff) is close to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The U.S. side is called the Upper Peninsula.
Even though there are bears, which, frankly, both Judy and I could both live without, we love it there. Judy reads and writes a lot, and I love to swim and go for hikes with her.
Here are five fun facts about Lake Superior you might not know (okay, Judy helped me with this part):
- Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes, shared by Ontario to the north, Minnesota to the west, and Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the south.
- The Ojibwe name for the lake is kitchi-gummi or gichi gami, meaning great sea or great water. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the name as “Gitche Gumee” in The Song of Hiawatha, as did Gordon Lightfoot in his song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
- The average depth of Superior is about 500 feet. The deepest point in Lake Superior (about 40 miles north of Munising, Michigan) is 1,300 feet (400 meters) below the surface.
- The surface area of Lake Superior (31,700 square miles or 82,170 square kilometers) is greater than the combined areas of Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
- In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge. And might I add that the sunsets are SPECTACULAR!
And now, I’m signing off to go swimming, but first, please check out Judy’s newest book, a multi-author anthology called The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense. It’s the first anthology published under her imprint, Superior Shores Press and it’s getting rave reviews. Find it on Kindle and in trade paperback at your favorite bookstore or ask your local library to order it in.