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Great Lakes Girl

May 10, 2011

I was looking through some design bookmarks today for work and went to visit ORK Posters! yet again. Jennifer creates amazing posters of city neighborhoods, including this Great Lakes poster.

Looking at this print today reminded me that I am indeed a “Great Lakes Girl”. I realized that Light Waters has lived most of our lives on the Great Lakes. We grew up between Lake Superior and Lake Huron on the channel. We lived our older childhood on the southern tip of Lake Michigan and our college years and current lives are now lived on Lake Ontario. With the exception of a 4 year hiatus to the Rockies we have lives built around this massive fresh water phenomenon.

So I’m sure you’re not surprised to find out that I LOVE living near water. There’s something about standing on the shore and gazing across this vast expanse of water – rain or shine. There’s nothing more inspiring to me than a day spent by the water. The constant equation of water and horizon somehow helps me to put everything in my life into perspective.

Did you know that:

  • The Great Lakes are one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water (only the polar ice caps and Lake Baikal in Siberia contain more).
  • The Great Lakes shoreline is equal to almost 44 percent of the circumference of the earth.
  • The Great Lakes support 25% of Canada’s agricultural capacity.
  • Lake Superior lives up to its name — it’s larger than all the other four combined.
  • The number of Canadians and Americans who call the Great Lakes basin home is 45 million (15 million and 30 million respectively).

I could go on and on about the drive around Lake Huron into Northern Ontario,  Lake Superior’s shores near Thunderbay, Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, rollerblading along the edges of Lake Ontario, and camping along Lake Huron. But I think the best way to describe what I get from living life on these lakes is to tell you to get out there and experience these shores for yourself.

~ Light

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