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Welcome to the Big Lake: A Tomten Named Ole

If a garden gnome is named Ole, do you think that means he’s really a tomten?

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Lake Superior Journal: Setting Life’s Course on the Ship Corsair

Oh is a letter and zero is a number. If you don’t say them correctly and clearly, things might go wrong for your shipmates and your ship. more

May 10, 2012 5:23 PM Superior Notes 3 Comments

Welcome to the Big Lake: Born to Be Mild

My old Red Flash came out of the basement in honor of our story about “Looping the Lake” on the back of a motorcycle. The trike looks pretty worse for wear - a torn seat and rust spots. I expect that I’d look similar after 40 years in our basement. more

Mar 15, 2012 10:24 PM Superior Notes

Welcome to the Big Lake: Breaking Up Is Nice to Do

Welcome to the Lake - Prevailing sentiment is that Up North we love spring so much because winter seems endless. Not really. Here, spring, like all seven or eight of our individual seasons, has special charms. Water makes it so. more

Mar 15, 2011 11:10 AM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Journal: Heading into a Good Wind

There is a 3- to 5-foot sea out here today. The northeast wind is holding steady, for now. But I don’t want to be out here in another hour or two. The seas will probably be over 6-foot by then. more

Mar 24, 2012 5:55 PM Superior Notes 1 Comments

Welcome to the Big Lake: The Good Harvest

Even here in the Northland’s short growing season, fall is the time to enjoy the harvest and to reflect on the seasons that brought us here. more

Sep 22, 2011 12:34 AM Superior Notes

Welcome to the Big Lake: Living in a Weather Wonderland

Two big reasons why Lake Superior is not a good location for fair-weather friends: you’re going to spend a lot of the year friendless. and you’re going to miss some spectacular atmospheric disturbances. more

Jan 20, 2012 11:14 AM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Journal: Our Cloud Bay

We weren’t looking for a vacation home, but were curious enough to call the owners and arrange to see this coastal inlet in Ontario about which we knew nothing. more

Jul 15, 2008 12:00 AM Superior Notes 2 Comments

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Lake Superior Journal: Perk's Floating Forest

An avid birder, Captain J.P. "Perk" Perkins decided not to let his career as a ship captain interfere with his passion for viewing birds. From the early 1930s through the early 1970s, Perk created his own on-deck forests. more

Jan 18, 2011 8:09 PM Superior Notes 1 Comments

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