Looking at a map, I see that from where I am staying in Ohio, I am only 12 miles from Lake Erie – one of the 5 Great Lakes located in the northeastern part of the United States. Combined, the five lakes form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by surface.
Lake Erie covers almost 10,000 square miles and quite honestly, I didn’t know what to expect until I saw it with my own eyes. When I think lake, I think “calm” and “still” and this body of water was anything but. Waves crashing against the shore gave me the instant impression of being at the ocean without the salt. I visited it from two different locations and was pleasantly surprised to find sandy beaches and beautiful water-worn pebbles along its edge.