Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

"By The Shores of Gitche Gumee"


Sand, sun, gift shops, and bright Adirondacks.

Must be the beach.

And it is - - - but probably not the beach of your imagination. No, THIS is the shore of the Great Gitche Gumee of Longfellow lore.

Yesterday was HOT, even by "lower 48" standards and for the northwoods it was the kind of heat that only comes around once a decade or so. It was so hot mosquitoes were dehydrating in mid-flight and falling to the pavement where their bodies sizzled away like bacon in a frying pan.

It was too hot for fish to be lured up out of the cooler deep even by Fisherhubby's bait.

So, we decided to set off on an adventure. Our destination was the shore of Gitche Gumee, "Big Water", Lake Superior.

For those of you who have never been to the shore of one of the Great Lakes, you may not realize the joys of standing on the brink of a fresh water sea - - - - where sky meets water farther than the eye can see.

Unfortunately black biting flies were not sizzled away by the sun, and as I stood taking these photos my legs were getting covered by biting "raisins."

I took the pain in order to snap these photos for you, my bloggy public. You are worth a million raisin bites.

Fisherhubby, on the other hand, after one brief close encounter of the fly kind chose to stay in the car where he could laugh at my Saint Vitus dance through the parking lot in an effort to rid myself of the nasty critters rather than bring them in the car.

Of course, it did not help that no matter how far north we traversed along the shore, it did NOT get any cooler.

But never mind - - - we were on an adventure and adventures by their very definition have pitfalls of various kinds.

Along the way we found quaint villages filled with interesting shops, historic churches, and safe harbors.

We even found an Inn which has been accommodating guests for over 145 years. We settled into this little booth, tucked so far back in a corner that it is known to the establishment as "the forgotten table", to enjoy our evening repast before wending our way back to our own lake side cottage.

It was a day well spent.



Keri said...

How was the food? What an interesting place!!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The heat is everywhere. Sounds like a really nice day even with the heat and bugs!

Betty Jo said...

What a fun day, except for that heat. It has been hotter than Hades here too. ♥

Holly said...

Love it -- but sorry about your bites.

I grew up partially just south of Lake Michigan, and I have fond memories of going there.

Ann in the UP said...

Few people know this but Longfellow wrote Hiawatha sitting in that bright pink Adorondak (sp) chair.

Inquiring mind want to know where you were on the shore of Gitchee Gumee.

42N said...

I want to be there too!!!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love Lake Superior!
The water is so blue and the scenery is fabulous!
Hugs to you Miss Keetha!

Unknown said...

I'm enjoying my North Woods Virtual Vacation! Ever since I read Sterling North's Rascal, I have wanted to visit there.

Anonymous said...

what fun, did ditch gumee have a ton of yummee gumme bears to eat?

DaCraftyLady said...

what fun love the diner and sorry about those biting flies, I have got bitten by them while visiting Florida, they are a real pain...

Traci Marie Wolf said...

When I asked my husband what Gitche Gumee was he told me and then reenacted the poem by Longfellow. Drums, hand movements and everything, it was adorable.

Bugs. Ew. Don't like 'em. Especially ones that look like raisins.

Wow. An 145 year old Inn. Very cool. I'm sure it had character.

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Martin LaBar said...

It looks like fun.

My wife thinks mosquitoes (not black flies) are the state bird of Wisconsin.

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Kristin - The Goat said...

Did you happen to get into the water at Lake Superior? That lake never gets warm, so it should have cooled you for a brief moment.

What a great little vacation. Sounds like fun. Love that little bench FH is sitting in at the forgotten table. Cool!