There is so much to do in the USA; I wasn't sure where to start. However, I decided to focus on one of my favorite areas---an area that is easily accessible for me living in Ohio---and that is The Great Lakes. One summer my husband and I spent a week in Michigan and ended up dipping our toes into four of the five lakes. Every summer when I was growing up, my family went to Lakeside, Ohio on Lake Erie for Northeast United Methodist Conference. I fell in love with Lake Erie then and it remains a favorite spot with many cherished memories.
Again, there is is so much to cover about this area, but I will just point out a few highlights along with a brief explanation.
The Great Lakes -- Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario -- and their connecting channels form the largest fresh surface water system on earth. If you stood on the moon, you could see the lakes and recognize the familiar wolf head shape of Lake Superior, or the mitten bounded by lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie. Covering more than 94,000 square miles and draining more than twice as much land, these Freshwater Seas hold an estimated 6 quadrillion gallons of water, about one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water supply and nine-tenths of the U.S. supply. Spread evenly across the contiguous 48 states, the lakes' water would be about 9.5 feet deep.
Lake Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. To some, those names might not mean much. What's a lake when you have the ocean, someone from California might say. They can't be much compared to the Gulf Coast, a Floridian might sneer.
But anyone who calls the Great Lakes home -- or a home away from home -- knows it's near impossible to beat the breathtaking surroundings of the five lakes that touch eight states and Canada. Below check out a few of the reasons why the Great Lakes just might be the greatest ever, and if you make it to the end without seeing your favorite spot, submit a photo or memory below.
|Great Lakes Map|
They’re home to more than 32,000 islands
You can stay in amazing accommodation's...Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island.
- The Great Lakes have it all: the big city...Getty Images
Thank you for this great visit! There are so many wonderful places. I swam in Lake Michigan (I was in Chicago) and Lake Erie (when I was in Cleveland) 15 years ago..... wow, so long... :(ReplyDelete
You know I love this post! I've been to most of those spots, but I would love to see the wreck of the Sweepstakes.ReplyDelete
Some beautiful photos and the one of the wreck of the Sweepstakes is really intriguing! I was up in NY State very close to Lake Ontario this past weekend. Very pretty country!ReplyDelete
I would so love to visit your country. It is a dream. Your pictures make me so much pleasure to travel to the U.S.ReplyDelete
A wonderful trip in a region I don't know, thanks for the opportunity, you indeed live in wonderful place!ReplyDelete
did anyone mention the word WOLF? gotta see that, but from space... mhmmmm, that's going to be difficult...ReplyDelete
what? that many shipwrecks? fabulous! that one wreck visible through the lake's surface is just so eerie! yikes!
but anyway... great views, wonderful water
shipwrecks and blue water? well, I've learned something - actually, a lot!ReplyDelete
thanks! that is very interesting.ReplyDelete
when i first saw a photo of one of the lakes, i thought it was the sea - so vast!
for us, who live in smaller places, such quantities of sweet water are incredible.
And I love the lakes, although haven't been far east. Mostly several sides of Lake Superior, including the northern part of Michigan, and also around Lake Michigan in Chicago, etc. So have many times put my feet in the lakes. AND Monday we will be at the North Shore [Duluth and north nearly to Canada] for a couple days. Love it. And I'll be posting about it when we get back. Often I use the photos taken at Lake Superior, add the Word, and use them gloriously. Miss you, again, BTW. Haven't heard enough from you for so long. You are way tooooo busy. But you are doing well. Think of you often, even if I don't follow through well enough on your blog. Bless you.ReplyDelete