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Old 09-22-2011, 05:35 AM   #46
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Timmins. I've never actually been in town, but man you've got some beautiful, but extremely rugged countryside. I think Marqed97 is almost as north as you. Timmins is actually parallel with Thunder Bay isn't it?
Isn't it funny how after a long cold winter when the temp actually breaks 0, it feels positively balmy out. Yet, when summer is over and the temps drop below 10c everybodys freezing and freaking out. So for that reason I guess I understand why schools close in lucky Masters area. No coats, no central heat= lord forbid...no delicious grovestand oranges.

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Close I guess...I'm in the Duluth/Superior area (the Twin Ports). Funny, last week was 4 mornings of 25f or so, then 2 days almost at 80f, now today a high of 49f. I'm agreed on the cold temps, tho, I'd much rather have snowflakes than raindrops. Snow doesn't leak into my basement! At least not til spring.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:42 PM   #48
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Lake Superior is a monster!!

Any time you are near Lake Superior, the lake controls the weather. More water than the rest of the Great Lakes, 1500' deep and can be a monster depending on the wind direction and sweep. It very rarely freezes over.

I remember leaving MSP to go spring trout fishing when it was about 80F in the spring. Just before going down to Duluth, it was 75F. When I got down to the lake level, it was about 32F, snowing and sleeting and I and to buy an insulated parka with a hood to keep fishing because of the SE wind over the lake. - Got some great steelhead.

Grand Marais, MN is on the north shore of the lake and is often the warmest part of the state in the winter and the coolest in the summer because of the lake. In August, you may have 15 minutes to survive in the lake because of hypothermia. Get a mile or two away and up on the ridge, it is totally different and can be 40F higher or lower.

A group of explorers built a Viking ship and sailed from Duluth to Norway. By far, the biggest problem the boat had was getting across Lake Superior. The rest of the Great Lakes were a "piece of cake" and crossing the Atlantic Ocean was not a problem. I guess the reason is the drastic temperature differential between the lake and the surrounding area.

Things like that make traveling enjoyable.

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Old 09-22-2011, 02:48 PM   #49
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Have a listen to this for a shiver....one of the all time greats

http://youtu.be/hgl8bta-7aw The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot
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Yes, sir, creeper... One of my all time favorites. Took the kids to the maritime museum in Canal Park, Duluth this summer. Lots of pictures and relics from the Fitzgerald there. Growing up here you start to take it for granted, but I've taken a strong interest in the local history the last few years. My moms house was built and lived in by one of the founders of UW-Superior. It was built around the same time that the original main building (Old Main) was rebuilt after burning in the 1880's. Superior also has the (I think) largest natural freshwater sand bar in the world, also known as wisconsin point.
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The only American in our family, my mothers mom, grew up in Superior Wisconsin, which I belief is across from Duluth. Its typical yet shameful that we become of a more advanced age/maturity before we find our own/local histories interesting. That comment makes me sound old when really I was a young teen when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
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No kidding! Small world...yes, Duluth is right across the bay. I've always seen them as one city, kind of like Minneapolis/st Paul in a way. I like living here. Nice old houses, big ships, trains, lots of history. Not as much snow now as we got when I was growing up, now it just seems to get really cold.

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