“By the shores of Gitche Gumee, by the shining Big-Sea-Water, Stood the wigwam of Nokomis, daughter of the Moon, Nokomis. Dark behind it rose the forest, rose the black and gloomy pine-trees, Rose the firs with cones upon them; bright before it beat the clear and sunny water, beat the shining Big-Sea-Water. There the wrinkled old Nokomis nursed the little Hiawatha.”
Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Ojibwe called the lake superior Gichigami, meaning “big water.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the name as “Gitche Gumee” in The Song of Hiawatha. Either way that big water was a beautiful place to cycle and swim. The unusual extended period of warm weather this summer meant that Lake Superior reached a temperature that was tolerable for swimming…well lets make that dipping.
So enjoy these shots of the great Gitche Gumee….