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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday

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.


 
E was hard.  I can't wait to see what others came up with. I know there will be some exceptional, extraordinary E words. So, go check on Alphabe-Thursday at Jenny's http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2010/02/alphabe-thursday-e.html



32 comments:

Carol said...

Beautiful sunset!!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I thought the letter E was hard too. Wait until we get to X. We'll be looking at a bunch of X-rays that day.

I enjoyed learning about Lake Erie. And now I'm trying to name all the great lakes, but I'm going to have to cheat and look at a map.

Bits-n-Pieces said...

Very pretty! I love seeing what everyone chooses for the post each week. I would've never thought of "Erie". very cool!

Jo said...

Oh wow, E was hard for me as well ... here's to an easier time with F!

Prim2Pink said...

What a beautiful sunset!
I remember my Dad going to Lake Erie to catch Walleye!
I prefer to go boating on smaller lakes...ones where you can see land at all times. LOL
Judy

Riet said...

What great pictures. beautiful scenery

My name is PJ. said...

I was delighted to read about Lake Erie. It amazes me how creative we're all getting with the alphabet!

Lake Effect Snow until it freezes....that translates to a long winter, I bet! But it's lovely!

Maggie B said...

Excellent post, very entertaining.
Loved the sunset shot.
~Maggie~

5thsister said...

our local lake is being threatened by asian carp, too.

I love Lake Erie. I had the best fishing out on a pier in Marblehead. Awesome trip, great fish!

Julie Schuler said...

The lake is beautiful. I hope they can control the evil fish population.

Wanda said...

I don't care for boating either, something about being over deep water...disturbs me!

Cathryn said...

You did a great job with your E words! Love the photographs!

Amanda said...

Thanks for the informative post, and all the beautiful pictures! How lovely to live close to such an amazing lake!

Jenny said...

I haven't been to Lake Erie in a few years...but now I will have to go this summer when I go to Ohio!

I thought "E" was hard but I see all these E ngaging and E ntertaining posts you have been thinking of it!

A+ Miss Viki!

Sarah said...

Wonderful photos! I enjoyed learning about Lake Erie. It's such fun to see all the different ideas that are presented. Great job!!!

Anna said...

What a wonderful post! Nice way of mixing the text with the photos. What a story! I learned so much about Lake Erie. I thought you were going to write about the word "erie" and expected something else entirely! (Or maybe it's spelled differently. So many years of being away from the English language has taken its toll.)
You say that "E" was hard, but I think you have done very well; you must have spent a good deal of time writing this.

My post was done in a hurry in between watching the children and cleaning the kitchen because my husband decided he wanted to bake tonight. He wants to work in a spotless kitchen! So my post is fast but serves its purpose.

Best wishes
Anna

Becca said...

I grew up on Lake Huron and I miss the great Lakes something awful!!!

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful photos, the sunset shot is amazing. I haven't been to Lake Erie in years. And your boat story was hysterical. Kathy

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Your Lake ERIE post is perfect for the letter E. I'm so enjoying Jenny's Alphabet Thursday! FUN!!! Thanks for visiting! Coralie

Amy said...

Beautiful! Does the lake actually freeze?! Wow!

easternsparkle said...

I agree - that sunset is amazing!

laterg8r said...

your spider bite freaked me out!

beautiful sunset :D

Debbie said...

Well being from WNY I know Lake Erie well!!~ When I was a kid I used to think it was the Ocean,we went to the beach so what did I know, big water waves, you know it is a huge Lake!!~ Thanks for stopping by, I love your pics and your story!

lissa said...

wonderful pics especially the sunset

thanks for your visit to my alphabe-thursday

Mumsy said...

Beautiful photos of lake Erie! The carp has been on the news these last few months, and I do hope that they will find a way to prevent them from coming in to the lakes..

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Thanks for sharing your photos of Lake Erie. When I was a kid every summer by parents took us to Erie for vacation. We always had a great time and I always got sunburned! Oh and thanks for visiting my Shabby Cottage today please stop again. Warm hugs, Esther

mrs. c said...

On my blog I said I want to learn something new each day and I just learned a whole lot about Lake Erie...thanks!

Brenda said...

I had a hard time thinking of an E word also. Here I set in the middle of all the Great Lakes and I did not once think of Lake Erie. Great job pretty pictures! Thanks for coming by!

mub said...

That sunset photo is gorgeous.

I can't blame you for being turned off of boating after that experience!

There are a lot of wind turbines in the North Sea and it does take away a bit of the scenery but it also adds something completely different. I think if it won't cause problems for the wildlife it's a good thing to do!

Catherine said...

Lovely E photos!
Thanks for sharing :) .

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the sunset over the water....I never realized how big the lake was until I saw it in person....I am glad it has gotten cleaned up because it really is beautiful.....

GardenofDaisies said...

LOL! I Posted a lake post for E too! Yucky about the spider bite!