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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Lake Superior


I never had seen it.  Just wanted to. 


 I planned on driving down the eastern Minnesota shoreline but there was nowhere to camp without having to pay a lot of money at some RV park.  More than I had ever paid before.  
They must want to keep the rift-raft the likes of us out of there.  So we came in at Duluth.
Nice town from what I saw of it. 


Once at the lake the water was the color of a cafe latte.  I went into the small tourist information booth.  The lady told me they had had a lot of rain (6 inches) a few weeks earlier and this was all run off from the rivers.  Otherwise the lake is very blue and quite clear.  One can see the bottom at various depths and because of that fact it is popular with the kayakers.  More facts:  It is the largest fresh water lake in the world by surface area, third largest by volume.  It is 350 miles long by 160 miles wide at its greatest points.  The average depth is 483 feet with 1333 feet the deepest point, more than the other Great Lakes.  Surface temperatures vary of course but you can count on it being around 45 degrees.  Not your swimming lake.  Annual storms can whip of the water into 20 feet high waves.  Can you imagine that?  Another lady told me a few weeks back it was 89 degrees in town.  Then the wind shifted and came in off of the lake.  In a matter of 20 minutes the temperature dropped 40 degrees!  Now that would have been great to experience.



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