Have you even seen a storm on Lake Superior?
It is an awesome and fearsome spectacle.
Folk singer Gordon Lightfoot sang about one such storm in the song, The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early
I think about these storms and Nature itself as I scan the headlines of the latest news.
If you ever experience a storm on Lake Superior, then you know that there are things, forces, that are beyond our control.
I remember once in October of 1996 standing on the shore of Lake Superior just below Split Rock Lighthouse and watching 50 foot waves roll in and crash against the rocks.
The wind was so strong that I was barely able to stand up right and I knew that if I got too close to the shore I was risking my life.
Yes, it is a fearful thing when the lake becomes angry.