For the letter E I decided to go with Erie as in Lake Erie. Pictures courtesy of husband's fishing buddy.
It was named for the Erie tribe of Native Americans.
Lake Erie is surrounded by Ontario, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.
We get lake effect snow until Erie freezes.
It's had its share of pollution in the water but over the years it's been cleaned up quite a bit.
During the summer, a lot of people go to Lake Erie for boating. There are all kinds of boats on the lake. My husband goes fishing there with his buddy. There are all kinds of fish but he fishes for Walleye and Perch. He's probably one of the few fisherman that when he doesn't catch fish he doesn't mind. He is entertained and enjoys just being on the water. Quite a few years ago, he bought a small boat but has only used it a handful of times. Circumstances always seem to prevent him from taking it out.
We live about twenty minutes to a half hour from Lake Erie. When I was a kid, we spent many a day there having picnics and swimming. I don't have any pictures from then but we do have old movies of us being there with family and friends and we looked very enthusiastic.
While I love that we have the lake, I'm not much for boating. I went once when I was young. My aunt and uncle (who weren't really but they were my parents friends) had a recreation boat that we went on. Then when my husband and I were dating his friend had a boat that we went on and stayed overnight.
When I woke up in the morning from sleeping on the boat, my eye was enormously swollen and closed up. We had to hitchhike to a hospital and they said I had a spider bite. Yuck!! It was quite embarrassing. One of the rides we hitched was with two guys in a truck. We noticed there were no keys in the ignition just wires. They said they couldn't find the key. I have a feeling we may have been riding in a stolen vehicle LOL. Anyhow, I didn't do so well and got seasick. That pretty much ruined me from having any kind of love for boating.
Right now there is a big concern that Asian Carp might filter into Erie. From what I've read about them, it wouldn't be good. They are trying to figure out a way to avoid allowing this evil carp not to get into the lake because it would be very damaging. Also, I've seen where they are jumping carp. They can jump into a fishing boat or recreation boat and hit a person and hurt them. Sounds nasty LOL.
Also, there is talk about putting wind turbines in Lake Erie. Right now I think they are going to be doing a study to see if it would have an adverse affect on the wild life. I've read too that some think it would ruin the beauty of the lake. So who knows. I think it would be excellent though for the City of Cleveland.