You may have noticed that I made some changes in the left column of this blog recently. A few spots for ads have been added - and some "buttons" that link to other blogs. (By the way, although Google AdSense allows me some control over ads/ad categories, I'm sure I won't necessarily endorse every ad that may appear on my blog.)
The most interesting thing I added to the blog's left column is a live map showing the marine traffic on Lake Superior (via MarineTraffic.com). It's an interactive map. You can zoom in or zoom out. You can move the map - up or down - left or right - by clicking and holding as you move your mouse in any direction. You can also hover over the symbol of a ship and see the name, speed and destination. If you click on the symbol, you can see even more information - including a photo of the larger ships.
When we have a good storm up here with lots of wind and dangerous waves on the big lake, you'll notice how ships are sometimes huddled in Bete Grise Bay just off the Eastern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
MarineTraffic.com also has a Mobile App available if you would like to download it to your smartphone or other device. That would be a cool feature to have when you're traveling up and down the coast of the Keweenaw. If you spot a big lake freighter off the coast, you could immediately check the app to see the name and destination of the ship.
If you live closer to a different large body of water, you can use MarineTraffic.com to look at what's in your area, too.
Check it out!
All is well in the Keweenaw.
P.S. Happy Birthday to Steven II today!