Our Overnight Waterfall Trip

We took off for an overnight trip to see a few of the larger more spectacular waterfalls of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. One of the first stops we made on our way up was an old fashion drive-up dinner (which I honestly didn’t were still around). When we pulled up it was a little confusing, much like attempting to remember how to use an old rotary pay phone. The awkwardness of do I get out and go up to the counter or wait for this caffeine buzzed teenager to scurry over to take our order made the visit seem a little surreal at first. Ultimately, it was a cool experience. The food came out with a window tray and we were able to steal a couple of moments that had almost been forgotten with time.

A Sunset to Behold

Our journey took us to the edge of Lake Superior just outside of Marquette. There are tons of scenic turn offs but since the sun was just about to set we looked for an abandoned beach with hopes of catching some magnificent sunset colors. Sunset glowed in an incredible fashion as it reflected off Lake Superior. Several lonely pieces of driftwood allowed us to get some great set photos.

Michigan Waterfalls

We got up the next morning with high hopes and lots of energy. First stop, Canyon Falls. We were not disappointed. The short 10 minute walk to the deafening echoes of the falls from the canyon walls is well worth the trip. We spent the next ½ hour exploring the rest of the canyon. There were some hair raising drops and great views that allowed us to feel the awe of just how incredible the Upper Peninsula of Michigan really is. All in all we hiked about 2 miles and it was relatively leisurely.

We had planned to stop at Miner Falls and Munising Falls but decided to head straight to Sable Falls. The water was high and while the view was great the adventure was worth the stair climb. We made it down to one of the first side paths along the river and built a few stone towers. We then continued to adventure to the beach front. This is a Rock Collectors dream. The beach was alive with magnificent colors and all sorts of different type of rocks. We even found some petrified wood, which was  a unique find.

We made our way to Tahquamenon Falls. This engineering marvel shows how powerful a force water is. The water is a orangy brown from the amount of mineral deposit found throughout the Upper Michigan. The lower falls is where you will want to take a few moments to allow you to just take in all the sites. The stopping points allow for some incredible nature shots and if you have the time to sneak across to the island you will have an up close and personal experience with the mighty Tahquamenon Falls.

Show off your pride for Michigan and lake living with our fun Great Lakes Girl varsity sweater.

from LIVNFRESH http://blog.livnfresh.com/overnight-waterfall-trip/

from Livnfresh Share Your State Pride. http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/post/165519984952
via http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/
from Tumblr http://annchumleigh.tumblr.com/post/165523445770

Advertisements

Underwater Marvels: Shipwrecks in Lake Huron

The Great Lakes of North America have played a significant role in forming communities in both Canada and the United States. The lakes’ roles extend from establishing towns along their shores to shipping important goods to and from major trading posts.

Like all bodies of water, the Five Great Lakes have their own charms and temperaments. Over time, these bodies of water have claimed from 6,000 to 25,000 sea vessels and thousands of lives.  Most of these wrecks were either lost at sea or left to decay in their waters.  Each of these shipwrecks has a heartbreaking yet fascinating story behind the sinking.

Lake Huron is no exception. One deadly storm in particular that passed over the Great Lakes hit Huron the hardest. Starting on November 9, 1913, 16 hours of relentless extreme weather conditions ripped over Lake Huron.  Ten ships were lost at sea and 235 people lost their lives.

Some of the most notable shipwrecks that took place at Lake Huron include many from that fateful day. While that wasn’t the only time the lake had dangerous waters, most of the following wrecks come from the great storm of 1913:

Charles S. Price

One of the casualties of the 1913, storm was a huge steel freighter named Charles S. Price. Most people considered Charles S. Price an especially fascinating Great Lakes wreck and is located near Lexington Harbor in Michigan. Discovered in the 1960s, the vessel was found upside down; the stern dipped so far down it’s difficult to determine the true full length of the vessel.

The Charles S. Price wreckage is a famous dive spot in the Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserves.  Her bow is visible at 30 feet and its propeller is reachable at about 47 feet. Her hull is immersed at 64 feet under water.  In its early discovery, the wreck was believed to the SS Regina but was later correctly identified as the Price.

SS Regina

For more than 50 years, the SS Regina was lost in Lake Huron’s deep waters. She was also a victim of the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 and was left undiscovered for decades until found in 1986. The SS Regina was discovered upside-down at a depth of 80 feet. To this day, the wreck remains intact and is a popular destination for divers of all skill levels.

The SS Regina was heading toward Port Huron in Michigan after encountering that raging storm near Pointe aux Barques. Unfortunately, she ripped her sides on shoal and began sinking.  Upon reaching Lexington, the crew anchored the vessel and then evacuated but the captain remained on board. A mere 35 minutes after dropping anchor, the SS Regina succumbed to the raging water and capsized.  Tragically, the crew was not able to escape the devastating storm after they abandoned ship.

Mary Alice B.

Mary Alice B is perhaps the most controversial shipwreck in Lake Huron.  Found in 1992, this Depression-era tugboat rests 92 feet under water in the Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve and it immediately become a favorite diving spot because of its good condition. Many parts of the Mary Alice B are still intact and divers can still access most of the ship.

In 1962, another private owner took charge of the Mary Alice B and continued to sail until September 5, 1975.  The boat was being tugged when it sank for seemingly no reason. When located several years later, explorers found open valves, which suggests the ship was sunk on purpose. However, the owner refuted all accusations.

SS John A. McGean

The American Ship Building Company constructed the SS John A. McGean in 1908 at their shipyard in Lorain, Ohio. It was one of the finest steamships to sail the Great Lakes with a length of 432 feet, its beam measuring 52 feet across, and had a draft of 28 feet. Still, even with a massive weight of 5,100 tons, the ship was no match for the Great Lakes Storm of 1913.

She was last seen off Tawas Point Lighthouse on November 7, 1913, and a few days later sank in Lake Huron along with her 23 crew members. The wreck was discovered in 1985 near Port Hope Michigan where it was determined she suffered damage from large waves that led to her sinking.

PS Waubuno

Melancthon Simpson built the PS Waubuno in 1865 at Port Robinson; it was a side-wheel paddle steamer.  Waubuno came from Algonquin word which means “Sorcerer” or “Black Magician”. The J & W Beatty and Company owned the steamer which carried passengers and freight between Collingwood and Parry Soundin for 10 years from 1860 to 1870.

On the night of November 22, 1879, it sank during a ferocious gale but the exact reason why remains unknown. Nevertheless, much of this shipwreck’s popularity stems from the fact that accessing it is a relatively easy dive. 

If you have an interest in all things Lake Huron, the Great Lakes and everything Michigan has to offer, our Lake Life t-shirt is just for you!

from LIVNFRESH http://blog.livnfresh.com/underwater-marvels-shipwrecks-lake-huron/

from Livnfresh Share Your State Pride. http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/post/165370666222
via http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/
from Tumblr http://annchumleigh.tumblr.com/post/165370670030

The ‘Ghost Ships’ of Lake Superior that Still Sail its Waters

On Lake Superior, known for its massive size, sea vessels can easily succumb to treacherous waters brought on by a vicious storm. Here are some of the most memorable shipwrecks in this greatest of great lakes.

SS Henry B. Smith

This massive steel-hulled freighter measures about 525 feet long, 55 feet wide and 31 feet high. The SS Henry B. Smith was built specifically to withstand strong storms in the Great Lakes. However, the massive freighter was no match for the ‘Great Lake Storm’ on November 9, 1913. Carrying a cargo of iron ore, she was lost near Marquette, Michigan and all 25 people aboard the ship perished with her.

Even though SS Henry B. Smith does not have any chilling stories behind it, it hunted explorers for more than a century. After her disappearance, the SS Henry B. Smith was the most sought after ‘ghost wreck’ for more than 100 years. She was finally found in 2013 at a depth of 535 feet and near Marquette.

The Hudson

Built in 1888 in Detroit, The Hudson was a propeller ship measuring 288 feet and was one of the finest vessels on the Great Lakes at the time. While crossing Lake Superior from Duluth on September 16, 1901, the ship sank near Keweenaw Point. The Hudson probably succumbed to a vicious storm while carrying a flax and wheat cargo and was never seen again. Her haul was prone to shifting in big waves which likely caused it to lose balance and sink.   

However, that’s not the end of her story, for The Hudson made her own legend.

According to hearsay, a tugboat captain and his mate were traveling Lake Superior on September 16, 1940. As they approached Keweenaw Point, they saw a rusty ship covered with mud and heading towards their direction. The tug captain was able to avoid collision with the ship. As instinct dictated him, he boarded the muddy ship to see if it was in distress but was only ‘greeted’ with the ghost of The Hudson’s captain and crew. The ghost allegedly told the tug captain they relive the sinking of the ship every year on September 16th. Frightened, the captain jumped overboard and swam back towards his tugboat in icy cold waters.

SS Western Reserve

The SS Western Reserve was one of the first steel freighters to set sail on the Great Lakes.  The ship is 41 feet wide and measures 301 feet long. On August 30, 1892, SS Western Reserve was to get a load of iron ore but broke in half and sank in a fairly mild storm. The sinking occurred offshore Deer Park, Michigan.

After the incident, a report surfaced about the improper construction of the Western Reserve. The ship was allegedly built with weak steel that was contaminated with sulfur and phosphorus. This led to the creation of new laws and testing regulations for steel used in shipbuilding.

Out of the crew of 27, which included the owner and the famous banker Peter Minch and his family, only one man survived the disaster: the wheelsman named Harry Stewart. Another strange thing about the sinking of Western Reserve tells about a dream of Captain Truedell of the Great Lakes Life-Saving Service. In his dream, he reportedly visualized every detail of the disaster. In fact, the dream was so realistic he even recognized the body of Minch when they found it on shore.

Today, some urban legends claim the Western Reserve still appears as a ghostly apparition near Deer Park. It’s said that during good weather, especially on calm nights, the voices and laughter of those aboard the ship linger from the lake’s water.

SS Bannockburn a.k.a. “The Flying Dutchman of Lake Superior”

This massive ship has an unusual profile as a vessel, measuring 245 feet long and 40 feet wide, many seamen at the time would recognize her from afar. During her service, she became a familiar sight on the Great Lakes while hauling grain for the Montreal Transportation Company.  However, on the night of November 21, 1902, while carrying a load of wheat on her war to Soo Lock from Port Arthur she disappeared without a trace.

Its disappearance is considered one of the biggest mysteries of sea vessels lost at sea on Lake Superior. All 21 people vanished along with her and no bodies were ever recovered. Aside from a life preserver, no other items were seen from the Bannockburn.

Before her disappearance, the Bannockburn had 2 major incidents. In April 1897, she ran aground near Snake Island. The following October, she struck Welland Canal and was submerged in 9 feet of water. During these two incidents, no one was hurt and no major damage was reported.

On the same day of her disappearance, she ran aground again after leaving Fort William and turned back to port. After assessing that the Bannockburn didn’t suffer any damage, she set sail on her final voyage, never to return.

However, the Bannockburn still apparently continues to sail Lake Superior to this day. One particular story can attest to the urban legend – the crew of the freighter Walter A. Hutchison claimed they saw the Bannockburn a few hundred yards away from them. The captain tried to avoid the Bannockburn and headed northeast. They all saw the Bannockburn sail past them only to run aground before disappearing again. If the Walter A. Hutchison’s captain had not changed its course, the rocks would have destroyed the ship.

Enjoy spooky things like this? These ships offer some great fodder for ghost stories when camping around the Great Lakes. Head out there with some friends and a have few cold ones that stay cold with a Michigan D Koozie.

from LIVNFRESH http://blog.livnfresh.com/ghost-ships-lake-superior-still-sail-waters/

from Livnfresh Share Your State Pride. http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/post/165264662592
via http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/
from Tumblr http://annchumleigh.tumblr.com/post/165264892695

All About the Rocks Found Around the Great Lakes

Beaches are teeming with rocks and collecting them can be fun. As a matter of fact, kids enjoy scouting the shores for rocks to bring home as a souvenir. It is also a nice way to keep them busy on the beach while having a great Michigan vacation. Children notice these tiny stones and appreciate their shapes and colors.

In each tide that comes in, the shores are renewed with pebbles, stone, and sand. Every moment in the beach offers different things to enjoy and collect.  

Beach rocks are usually clean, fresh out of the sea and from their grinding in the shore.  This makes beach rocks harder like igneous and metamorphic. Because waves carry rocks from shoreline to another, it is not always easy to tell where a beach rock came from. It can originate from cliffs or mountains along the beach. It may come from fragments of corals or some fossilized creature submerge somewhere in the middle of the sea. Some may have come from a far-away river or to a distant land in which the waves carried to the shore.

With all this in mind, here is a list of beach rocks and fossilized creatures you can find around the Great Lakes:

Concrete

Even in beaches, man-made concrete exist. Concrete rocks have been eroded and washed into shores from nearby islands. Grinding waves polished this type of rocks and often confused with the conglomerate rocks. Conglomerate rocks are sedimentary rocks composed of rounded gravel. It often consists of gravel combined with iron oxide, silica or hardened clay.

Crinoids

Million years ago, crinoids belong to graceful creatures of the phylum Echinodermata like starfish, sand dollars, and sea urchins.  Crinoids bear similarities of underwater flowers. Crinoids used its long stalk to anchor to the sea floor. Today, you can find the disc like stones on the beach that may look like small donuts.

Granite

Granite is the best-known igneous rock on earth. It is a light colored rock with grain accents just enough to be distinguished with the naked eye. It came from below earth’s surface from slow crystallization of magma. Some volcanic eruptions might expel this type of rocks and wash ashore. Granite usually comes in colors of red, pink, gray or white with dark grain specks. Some of the best places to hunt for this rock are in the Upper Michigan Peninsula, Ontario, and Wisconsin.

Honeycomb Coral

Honeycomb coral is a type of extinct favosite coral. Known for its honeycomb patterning, it is a preserved sedimentary claystone.  Coral polyps used to live in its hollow surface millions of years ago. And like most corals, this type of rocks thrived in warm and shallow parts of the sea where sunlight can penetrate the waters. Honeycomb corals predominate the Silurian and Devonian era, in which they can be found where you can find Petoskey Stones and Charlevoix Stones.  

Jasper

Jasper, an opaque impure type of silica is an aggregate micro angular quart. Usually, it comes in colors of red, brown, green or yellow, in rare occasion blue.  Iron deposits make Jasper predominantly red in color. When fully polished, Jasper is treated as gemstones and used in seals, vases, and as ornaments.

Petoskey Stones

Petoskey Stones are the most sought after beach rock along the shores of Lake Michigan.  It is believed to flourish around 350 million years ago during the Devonian age. The biggest influx of Petoskey Stones is found in Little Traverse Bay, in where else, in Petoskey town. Each year, melted ice and wind push new supplies of Petoskey Stone along the shore during spring time. The best time to hunt for this type of rock start in summer of after a wind storm. However, finding it is more of a challenge since many visitors and beachcombers also search for this precious fossil rock.

Slag

Slags are glass-like shiny by-product separated from its raw ore. It composes of a mixture of metal oxides and silicon dioxide. In some cases, it may contain metal sulfides and elemental metals.  Slags are often times produced from smelting iron and from burning coal on ships. Since steam engine boats commonly roam the Great Lakes, it may come from there.

Stromatoporoids

Stromatoporoids are organisms known for their fossilized record. Based on its structure, some considered this organism to be related to marine sponges. In fact, stromatoporoids are reef builders which are extinct stony sponges dominant in the Silurian Period 430 million years ago. Soon after they died out and went into complete extinction in the Mesozoic era.

Syringoporoids

Another extinct coral type known as syringoporoids can be found in some areas of the beach. They are described as organ pipe coral, cup coral, and crinoid columnals mostly found in upper Paleozoic rocks. Their characteristics helped distinguish formation of limestone in the Devonian era.

Zebra Mussels

Termed after their stripes pattern on the outer shells, zebra mussels are native to southern Russia and Ukraine. However, zebra mussels were accidentally introduced to many countries in the world and were considered as invasive species.  In the US, it invaded the Great Lakes and Hudson River in the 1980s. Today, scientists try to control their population but some may wash ashore in beaches.

While you’re out and about on the hunt for these intriguing rocks around Michigan, show off your state pride with a cool Michigan t-shirt that also showcases your love of hanging out outdoors

from LIVNFRESH http://blog.livnfresh.com/rocks-found-around-great-lakes/

from Livnfresh Share Your State Pride. http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/post/165120360967
via http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/
from Tumblr http://annchumleigh.tumblr.com/post/165121265165

Rip Currents: Lake Michigan’s Deadly Grasps

What are rip currents?

A rip current or rip is a kind of water current which occurs in shore or near beaches with breaking waves. It is described as a strong and narrow current of water which is hard to see due to an absence of breaking waves.

It moves directly away from the shore and can be recognized only by a ripple on the surface of the water. Experts define it as a ‘river’ flowing out to the sea which has the strongest current near the surface. Some people often confusef rip currents with rip tides, which is a different type of current. A rip tide is a rapid movement of tidal water across the entryway of estuaries, inlets, and harbors.

Mostly seen in the Gulf, East, and West Coasts as well as in shores of the Great Lakes, rip currents are so powerful they can reach top speeds of eight feet per second. They can even move faster than the strongest Olympic swimmers.

One Dangerous Grasp

Rip currents are dangerous to people trapped in their grasp. People often who get caught in its deadly embrace instinctively attempt to swim straight back to shore. However, that’s a wasted effort and puts people at risk of drowning from exhaustion while fighting against the water’s movement. Panic and exhaustion are the leading cause of death for people trapped in rip currents.

Every year lifeguards rescue hundreds of thousands of beach goers from rip currents in the US alone. According to the US Lifesaving Association (USLA), an estimated 100 people die at the hands of rip currents worldwide, with almost half of all those being recorded in the US.

Based on USLA data, almost half of all lifeguard rescues are related to rip currents. Meanwhile, sharks only kill about 6 people annually around the world.

Rip currents in Lake Michigan

Behind Lake Michigan, serene beauty and picturesque beaches hide a deadly secret. Local authorities in Michigan claim that rip currents are the most dangerous occurrence when swimming the lake’s waters. Today, officials urge beach goers to enter the water with caution.

How Rip Currents Work

When rip currents occur, they form a narrow, strong tide that flows away from the shores. Nonetheless, there are different types of rip currents that form in a variety ways. They occur in places where there are breaks in a sandbar where water is funneled out to the sea. However, the strongest rip currents form in tight spots like jetties, piers, and groins.

Factors That Form Rip Currents

Factors that help form rip currents include the tide, weather, how the waves break from the shore, and the shape of the beach. Most rip currents form in certain beaches while others almost never see these dangerous currents.

The unpredictability of rip currents can carry unwary swimmers out to sea without warning. These strong currents usually move one to two feet per second with stronger rip currents reaching 8 feet per second. At that rate, even the fastest swimmer’s (Michael Phelps) stroke is about 6.6 feet/second and can’t contend with this natural phenomena.

How to Recognize Rip Currents

Local authorities keep reminding swimmers to enter the water cautiously. Avoidance is the key to prevent any accidents in the beach. It is important for swimmers to test the water before heading to deeper areas. Looking up weather updates and talking to lifeguards about the water conditions can further help prevent accidents.

Scientists have been observing and studying rip currents for over a century. Today, modern technology helps track rip current movement and speed. Still, even with the advancement of technology, no one can predict when rip currents will appear.

Rip currents often hide in deep sandbars that may look like calm spaces in the water. Turbulent breaking waves often appear along the sides of this calmer water. According to USLA look for the following signs for rip currents in the lake:

  • Water with different color from the rest of the sea
  • An area of uneven water
  • A short and interval break in the incoming waves
  • Debris, seaweed or a line of foam moving out to sea

Lifesaving Tips

If you ever find yourself in an unfortunate event and you get caught in a rip current remember not to fight with the waves. Instead swim parallel to the shore and, once out of the water’s pull, swim back to land at an angle.  Do not panic and if you can’t escape the current try to float or tread water until help can get to you.

If you’re heading to the beach, make sure to stay alert. And look great doing so while carrying your beach gear with this Great Lakes Girl sling bag.

from LIVNFRESH http://blog.livnfresh.com/rip-currents-lake-michigans-deadly-grasps/

from Livnfresh Share Your State Pride. http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/post/165008763192
via http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/
from Tumblr http://annchumleigh.tumblr.com/post/165008804135

History and Information About Lake Superior

Lake Superior is the largest of the five Great Lakes in North America. Two countries share its borders: Canada and the United States. The province of Ontario sits on the northern part of the lake and the state of Minnesota is on its western area and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin can be found to the south.

Key cities around the lake include Minnesota, Superior, Wisconsin, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Michigan, Marquette, the two ports of Duluth and the two cities of Sault Ste. Marie.

Still, there is more to Lake Superior than meets the eye;

Did you know that…?

  •    Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world when it comes to the surface area. With an average depth of 147 meters, the lake is the third deepest freshwater lake in the world.
  •    The lake covers about 82,000 square km and has a depth of 405 meters or 1,333 feet. If you stretched the shorelines of Lake Superior into one straight line, it could run from Duluth, Minnesota to the Bahamas.
  •    Because of the unpredictability of the weather in Lake Superior, its waters have claimed 350 shipwrecks and over 10,000 lives forever lost .
  •    It contains almost 10% of the world’s fresh water.
  •    Even with all the other Great Lakes combined, Lake Superior still surpasses their water volume. In fact, there’s enough water in Lake Superior to flood both North and South America one foot deep!
  •    More than 300 streams and rivers empty into the lake, Nipigon River in Ontario is its largest water source.
  •    Lake Superior drains into St. Mary’s River and has the highest elevation in North America.

How Lake Superior Formed

  •    The North American Mid-Continent Rift about 1.1 to 1.2 billion years ago formed Lake Superior. The rift created a huge trail of hot mantle where Lake Superior lies today. The crust ripped apart, leaving a massive depression in the earth’s crust stretching from Minnesota to Michigan.
  •    Due to this ancient phenomenon, some of the world’s oldest accessible rocks from 2.7 billion years ago can be found on Lake Superior’s shore, particularly in Ontario.
  •    The ripping of the continent created Lake Superior’s unique land structure; the lake has both the thickest and thinnest crust in North America.
  •    The lake houses the largest exposure of Precambrian rock at its southern part of the Canadian border.
  •    Lake Superior is known for its vastness, and correspondingly its waves are massive as well. The highest wave recorded in the lake reached 9.45 meters or 31 feet high. The lake even has its own tide.
  •    The lake’s water is so clear that the underwater visibility is around 8 meters or 27 feet. In some spots, it can reach up to 30 meters. This makes Lake Superior the cleanest of all the Great Lakes.
  •   The lake also has its own temperament. After a big storm, Lake Superior regularly churns up debris from the past which ends up on its shores. The debris found on the shore includes old lumber, pop cans, coal used in ancient factories, and lake glass.

The inhabitants of Lake Superior

  •    A total of 78 different species of fish resides in Lake Superior.
  •    After Florida, Lake Superior has the most number of floras. It boasts of 58 native orchids in its basin.
  •    When Europeans first explored the lake in the 1600s, they reported massive sturgeons measuring up to 9 feet in length and pikes reaching up to 7 feet in length.
  •    As many as 100,000 migrating birds of prey take refuge at the northern shore of Lake Superior each fall at Duluth’s Hawk Ridge.
  •    Nipigon River in Ontario boasts the world’s biggest brook trout in the 1880s. Anglers once caught brook trout weighing 14.5 pounds.

The Lake’s Weather Conditions

  •    During the cold season, Lake Superior generates the greatest snow effect on earth. Extending from 20 to 30 miles it primarily affects Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie to the southeast of Marathon reaching until Wisconsin and Michigan borders. The rare effect can even be felt from the east shore of Hudson Bay to the west coasts of Japanese Islands.
  •    How massive is its snow effects? The town of Keweenaw in Michigan exceeds 200 inches of snow in some places each year.
  •    Lake Superior has a colder temperature compared to other lakes. During summer it offers cool refreshment from the scorching sun with its temperature of 36°F or 2°C.  But even though the lake rarely freezes over, it can offer some cool frozen waves when it does:
  •    There have only been two recorded instances where Lake Superior completely froze over. Once in 1979, and, after almost four decades, again in 2014.

When visiting Michigan, make sure Lake Superior is on your list of things to see. And after you’ve fallen in love with our great state, show everyone how great it is in Michigan with some of our fun clothes.

from LIVNFRESH http://blog.livnfresh.com/history-information-lake-superior/

from Livnfresh Share Your State Pride. http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/post/164859629922
via http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/
from Tumblr http://annchumleigh.tumblr.com/post/164859823525

Lake Huron Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Of the five Great Lakes, Lake Huron is the second largest by surface area. With nearly 30,000 islands in its waters, Huron is also the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world. Green forest surrounds Lake Huron, which makes it one of the most picturesque places you will ever visit. Likewise, its beautiful scenery and rich natural resources help support the region economically.

Lake Huron receives water from both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The water from the lake drains through Lake Erie. The retention time of water in Lake Huron can last up to 22 years, one of the longest in the world. Two countries share its borders – the province of Ontario, Canada rests in the eastern part of the lake and the Michigan on US sits on its western end.

There are many interesting things about Lake Huron.

Here are some amazing facts about Lake Huron that may surprise you.

  •    The last Ice Age and melting of glaciers were the major factors in forming Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes.
  •    In the 1600s, European explorers first discovered Lake Huron from the rest of the Great Lakes. French explorers who found the lake named Huron after the people inhabiting the area. In 1615, Samuel de Champlain and Étienne Brûlé reached Georgian Bay.
  •    There are several huge sinkholes scattered in Lake Huron that contains high amounts of sulfur and low amount of oxygen. These sinkholes can duplicate earth’s ocean conditions about 3 million years ago.
  •    One of the deadliest storms in history to hit the Great Lakes struck Lake Huron the hardest. This devastating natural disaster happened on November 9, 1913. The storm sank ten ships and at least twenty vessels were pushed ashore, it lasted for 16 hours and killed 235 people.
  •    The largest underground salt mine in the world, Goderich Mine, operates underneath Lake Huron. It mines at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) below earth’s surface.
  •    Most significant cities around Lake Huron include Alpena, Bay City, Cheboygan, Goderich, Rogers City, Sarnia, Sauble Beach, Saugeen Shores, St. Ignace, Tobermory, and Port Huron.
  •    More than 1,000 shipwrecks scattered at the bottom of Lake Huron. Even when left to decay, these wrecks still serve as wonders in the lake because of their historical significance. Lake Huron has five underwater preserves in Michiganand Ontario has their own Fathom Five National Marine Park. Tours in the lake include a glass-bottomed boat rid to see 22 underwater shipwrecks.
  •    One of the most admired qualities of Lake Huron is its pristine and remarkably clear water.
  •    The total surface of Lake Huron is about 59,588 square kilometers, with a maximum depth of 229 meters. Averaging of 59 meters deep, and 332 kilometers long, Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes.
  •    Urban legend has it that a water monster named Mishebeshu or “giant lynx” dwells underwater near the mouth of Serpent River in the northern part of Lake Huron.
  •    Lake Huron houses 30,000 islands including the largest and the most famous freshwater island, Manitoulin Island.
  •    The lake is so big that it can accommodate Georgian Bay. The bay is about 80% of the size of Lake Ontario. Georgian Bay is so massive that it is itself the 20th largest lake in the world and is the sixth largest lake in the US.
  •    Lake Huron does not entirely freeze; it only freezes about once every decade. The last time it froze was in 2014, and about 95% of the lake was covered in ice.
  •    Flowerpot Island, well-known for its “sea stack” or “flowerpot” rock formations is located at Bruce Peninsula. The place is known for its peculiar limestone formations as a result of years of erosion, waves, and rain.
  •    Located at Georgian Bay and measuring 14 kilometers of white sand beach, Wasaga Beach is the world’s largest freshwater beach.
  •    Lake Huron even has a 7,000-year-old petrified forest near Lexington, Michigan.

If you love Lake Huron and the Great Lakes as much as we do, you ought to check out our great collection of Great Lakes Girl clothes and accessories.

from LIVNFRESH http://blog.livnfresh.com/lake-huron-facts-will-blow-mind/

from Livnfresh Share Your State Pride. http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/post/164747071167
via http://livnfresh.tumblr.com/
from Tumblr http://annchumleigh.tumblr.com/post/164747154435