Thursday, November 12, 2009

"The Legend Lives On......

from the Chippewa on down, of the Big Lake they call Gitche Gumee."

Tuesday afternoon brought the 5th anniversary of the 'Gales of November' paddle by a group of kayaking friends in the Twin Cities. Rather than the stormy Lake Superior seas, we were on lovely Lake Minnetonka commemorating November 10, 1975 - the day the 'Fitz' went down with all hands near Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior.

Althought the spirit of the day this week was light (thanks to great weather and friends), the commemoration was relevant, since Veteran's Day followed. Additionally, those of us who frequent Lake Superior on skinny 16-17 foot boats are still trying to understand recent kayer deaths on the Big Lake. Maybe we are not meant to understand, but to remain ever vigilant about this lake that can dish out joy and terror within minutes of each other.

"....and all that remains is the faces and names of the wives, and the sons and the daughters...."
Gordon Lightfoot


  1. Great post! Thanks for the video...brings back memories...I re

  2. oops got cut off. I read Dave's post about your November Gales paddle

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