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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Where does all the water go??!!


Here, join us as we review our visit to the great lakes!! We have been following the largest freshwater system of lakes for quite some time now.... it started with an 8 hour drive with the Jacobs clan under lake Superior...






To a lovely dip with the Caversons in Lake Michigan......









And the next day in Huron....








And to top off our 12 day blaze across the northern part of America, we ended up in Lake Erie, just like most of the water does!






Now, do you know where all that water goes next? It all drains out of Erie into the Niagara River, and eventually pours over the amazing Niagara Falls.


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It then moves down the Niagara gorge and makes some class 6 rapids. Greg used to be a white water raft guide and he said these look pretty fun, but class 6 is "impassable" and these are supposed to be some of the most dangerous rapids in the world.

These are the Whirlpool rapids, where the water curves around a bend and makes a great big eddy. We came down here one day to do some art and learn more about erosion, and listened to all the tours passing by. At the point of that V, the water is basicly plummeting straight down. Then it pops up and around through the lower Niagara gorge and ends up in....
Lake Ontario!!!
The kids were so happy to finally be at the fifth great lake, they busted out in spontaneous affection!! We have been camped out here for the last few days, enjoying Hamlin State Park (and no internet signal.) We've had the park practically to ourselves and the weather has been amazing. We've seen deer, woodpeckers, and so many big fat ground hogs we had to study them for science! Lake Ontario is so huge it feels like the ocean, and when the wind picks up it can get some very almost boogie-boarding waves. The kids tried their poles in with the big fish, Shayna learned how to bike ride, and now we are now off to a few more attractions in NY and making our way south....

Unlike the water, which actually continues its way up north. It empties into the St. Lawrence river up through Canada and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean... right up there by Prince Edward Island.
Ta da!!

2 comments:

The Links said...

Loved reading this about the lakes. We're headed to Niagara Falls right now. Well, we're on I-80 in Nebraska, but hoping to get to NY buy Wednesday night. Where should we stay? Looks like we're just going to be following y'all south.

The Links said...

Loved reading this about the lakes. We're headed to Niagara Falls right now. Well, we're on I-80 in Nebraska, but hoping to get to NY buy Wednesday night. Where should we stay? Looks like we're just going to be following y'all south.