Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Lake Superior: A Writer's Road Trip Series

     The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an afternoon, weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!

   The Objibwe tribe's name for Lake Superior is gichigami, or 'great sea'. As the largest freshwater lake in the world, in terms of area, that is an apt description. And it's cold, too. Really cold. According to legend, Lake Superior 'rarely gives up its dead' because it's so cold. In fact, the water is so cold that when bodies sink into its depths, they rarely resurface. That's because the fungi which feed on decaying flesh, create a gas which builds inside the body, causing it to rise to the surface. Since the fungi cannot survive at such cold temperatures, the bodies usually are not recovered.
     We stayed in Grand Marais, MN for a week last summer, on the north shore of the lake. For a small town (population 1344 in 2012), Grand Marais was big on fun. Luckily our visit coincided with the annual Arts Festival, located on a street right along the lake. Of special interest to writers is the 25-year-old library on Village Green, a vibrant center of community activity. It's a gorgeous building; and had an ample amount of tables and comfy chair space for people looking for internet access (like us!). Grand Marais also has a lovely independent bookstore, Drury Lane Books. The diminutive white clapboard building with the blue steel roof sits on the banks of the lake as well. There are regular author readings, book groups, and plenty of titles to choose from. The Grand Marais Arts Colony also offers writing classes throughout the year, as well as workshops on painting, fiber arts, glass, and pottery.


  1. I'm making a huge bucketlist for a U.S. roadtrip from your posts... thank you so much! :D

    Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.

    1. Happy to hear you are finding value in the posts, Alex!

  2. Hi Dawn, I too will keep your posts for when I next visit the US. Thank you, I really enjoy them - the photos are great as well.
    Garden of Eden Blog

  3. I attempted to swim in Lake Superior a couple years ago while on vacation, but it was too cold even in August. I'll stick with Lake Michigan. It's not quite as chilly.

  4. Oh, that gorgeous blue water! It boggles my mind how large these lakes are. I saw Lake Michigan from an airplane once, and there was no end in sight, even from up that high.

  5. Susan: Thank you! So are you back home from your trip here?
    Jean: Oh geez! I can imagine how cold it was. We were there in July of last year, and it was uncomfortably cold. No one was in the water.
    Leandra: I've never seen them from a plane. I bet they are beautiful!


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