The drive begins
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Gitchigumi...the Native American name for Lake Superior. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It has a maximum length of 350 miles and maximum breadth of 160 miles. Its average depth is 483 feet with a maximum depth of 1,333 feet.
Lake Superior has been an important link in the Great Lakes Waterway, providing a route for the transportation of ironore and other mined and manufactured materials. Large cargo vessels called llake freighters, as well as smaller ocean-going freighters, transport these commodities across Lake Superior. The last major shipwreck on Lake Superior was that of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. In August 2007, wreckage was found of the Cyprus, a 420-foot (130 m) ore carrier which sank in 1907 during a Lake Superior storm in 460 feet (140 m) of water.
Although part of a single system, each of the Great Lakes is different. In volume, Lake Superior is the largest. It is also the deepest and coldest of the five. Superior could contain all the other Great Lakes and three more Lake Eries.
We were axious to walk along the shores of this mighty lake! We arrived in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Saturday May 17, 2008 and we check into our motel room then decide we want to go for drive to explore the beautiful shores of Superior. Our journey takes us south then west towards the southern shores of the Great Lake. As we drive along the shoreline, it is difficult to just drive by some of the beautiful spots along the way and we are compelled to stop and walk along the sandy beaches. Our first stop gives us an opportunity to walk along a section of the lake with sandbars extending vary far out into the lake. The kids, seemingly immune to the cold, take their shoes off, roll up their pant legs and walk out into the frigid waters and out to neighboring sandbars. Had it been warm out, I would have joined them too but I seemed to have outgrown my immunity to the cold. I was content watching them enjoy themselves. We collected some shells and walk a little ways down the beach before moving on to our next stop...