Lake Erie

This website's Main Pages (click to go there)   Home 主页    Current Update 当前更新    Resources 学习资源    Photos 影集 

  Links 友情链接    Things We've Written 我的文集   Special Features 本站特色    Site Map 本站导航    Real World 英语写作 

I've stopped updating this website, though it's pages will remain for a while. See "current update" for details.

Visit instead: and

Lake Erie, Ohio, USA

("Up" takes you to the USA page; click here for the Photo Album index)

Sister-pages:   Home Up Trip to US--2004 Colorado South Carolina--USA Ohio Lake Erie Akron University Pennsylvania Florida Georgia Washington Mt Rainier, Washington Alaska-1

(▲ Links to the pages at the same level as this page. If you can't see the label, put your mouse over a button and look at the bottom of your browser.)

The northern border of Ohio is one of the Great Lakes: Lake Erie. In 2011, Michael and Vivian spent two days visiting America's beautiful "northern coast."

Our destination was Lakeside, a quiet, historic community on Lake Erie, near Sandusky. This montage of photos gives a wide view of the lake from in front of the Lakeside hotel. It was early summer, so the beach was empty, but many canoes are lined up on the far left, waiting the busy summer season.

Here is the view from the end of the Lakeside dock, looking back at the pavilion and hotel (to the right).

Michael looks out over Lake Erie at sunset, gazing over a small boat at Lakeside's beach.


I like the contrasts shown in these photos. Lakeside has many beautiful flowers, giving the area a delicate look, but Lake Erie is also a major waterway, where large ships carry important cargo to and from all over the world. And the lake can be a dangerous place, for many ships have sunk in terrible weather. The lake is also frozen solid in the winter. Finally, lighthouses like this Huron Light have long been important to guide ships to safe harbor. A lot of the work previously done by lighthouses is now done electronically (GPS, radio, radar), but we enjoyed seeing the remaining lighthouses on our sightseeing adventure.

This pretty scene of canal-front homes was in Vermillion, Ohio. I can't imagine the high costs of these homes and yachts, but I know it is more than we will ever have! This photo was taken a short walk from the lighthouse.

The Vermillion lighthouse (actually a reconstruction of the 1877 lighthouse) is attached to the Inland Seas Maritime Museum. We enjoyed visiting the museum, but were told that it would soon relocate to another city.


(Left) Vivian and Michael pose in front of the Marblehead lighthouse, which is surrounded by a small park, the lighthouse keeper's house (museum), and a picnic ground (middle photo). Behind the picnic tables, the onion domes of an Orthodox Christian church remind us of the international heritage of America. When people moved here from various countries in Europe, they brought different sects or denominations of the Christian faith, such as Greek and Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, German Lutheran, and British Methodism. By emphasizing different aspects of their strong faith, their new country developed a culture of mutual respect that was very different from the "fighting" between countries in Europe, often (falsely) in the name of religion. Working together, these immigrants built the foundation for America's international success.

(Right) I liked the light on this American flag, flapping in Lakeside's strong winds. Below this, the Vermillion lighthouse looks out over Lake Erie. To me, the flag was a reminder of the bright promise that has risen from common hopes and dreams that reshaped people from many shores into "Americans."

The Lorain lighthouse is rather far from the shore, so it is hard to get a good photo. But this shot turned out nice, looking through busy bird houses on a public beach.

Finally, I'll close with another photo of the Marblehead lighthouse, proudly overlooking beautiful Lake Erie.

In the summer of 2013, we got to see these Tall Ships in Cleveland. They were sailing from port to port in the Great Lakes in commemoration of the anniversary of the War of 1812.

 Click here for a US map

Click in the boxes below to go to some of our most popular pages. If you get lost, just click "Home."

(There is a "search" box on the home page)


Site map (To search within any page, type "ctrl + f")

Current Update

& how to contact us

Resources  for students & teachers

Links for English Learners

EFL Movie Study Guides

Better Writing Study Guide

Our Students photos

Photo Index

South Carolina & USA photos

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Favorite Links

Things We've Written (articles)

Introduction to China

Life in China photos

Music Page & mp3 downloads

Archive Index

Real World Writing (my textbook)

See our Policy regarding the use of materials available at or