Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Help is on the way

Along the shores of Michigan it used to be common to see life saving stations. The stations were intended to help shipwreck victims struggling in the cold dark waters of the Great Lakes.  Volunteers would pull heavy, wooden boats down the shore, and desperately row out searching for survivors.

These days we don't have many shipwrecks around here, and we have greatly evolved our lifesaving skills.

But the more things change, the more they stay the same.  If you get in trouble in the water near Port Austin, Michigan, pray some kind-hearted volunteer sees you, can pull the boat into the water, and can row like crazy.  

Staying on land is just so much safer.


Cranberry Morning said...

Being a Lake Superior person myself, I'll have to say that I love the lake shore - and Lake Michigan's north shore, at the UP (which should be part of Wisconsin, don't you think?);-) is beautiful. One of the best trips we ever took with the kids was to Sault Ste Marie, then came back along the nw shore of Lake Michigan. It's beautiful. I think that people who haven't been to the Great Lakes have no concept of just how huge, cold, (and dangerous) Lake Superior and Lake Michigan are!

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Busy Bee Suz said...

Funny, I never think of ships wrecking in a lake...or even having ships in a lake.
I would be better off just swimming out to a needy person, that boat looks a bit heavy!

Kristin - The Goat said...

What a great idea! My parents only took us to Lake Michigan once when I was growing up (In Lansing, MI.) We just weren't lake kind of folks. How great that the rescue boat exists.