May 27, 2009

Pink Baby stops for a snooze on the Sleeping Giant

Kylie's Pink Baby finally arrived in Thunder Bay. She left Tennessee on the 18th, traveled to Miami and hopped a ship to Thunder Bay. On her way she heard the Legend of the Sleeping Giant. She thought she would try to wake him up. No luck, so she snoozed instead. A friendly lake freighter captain brought her to shore. You can see the freighter going to get her in the picture.

Pink Baby snoozing on The Sleeping Giant.

The Sleeping Giant.

The Sleeping Giant.

Pink Baby sitting near the cannon at Hillcrest Park. You can see The Sleeping Giant in the background.

The Legend of the Sleeping Giant

Standing on the shores of Thunder Bay at the head of the great Lake Superior, one can perceive, on looking out across the waters of Thunder Bay, a great land formation situated directly in the mouth of the Bay.
It requires no imagination whatever to see that this form resembles the sleeping body of a giant, arms folded across his massive chest as in the majesty of death.
Mystery and legend surround the origin of this strange phenomenon of nature and down through the ages the following story seems to have survived.
On an island just outside Thunder Bay, now known as "Isle Royale", once lived a great tribe of Ojibway Natives.
Because of their loyalty to their Gods, and their peaceful and industrious mode of living, Nanabijou, the Spirit of the Deep Sea Water, decided to reward them.
One day he called their Chief to his great Thunder Temple on the mountain and warned him that if he told the secret to the white man, that he, Nanabijou would be turned to stone and the Ojibway tribe perish.
The Chief gave his promise, and Nanabijou told him of the rich silver mine, now known as "Silver Islet". The Great Spirit told him to go to the highest point on Thunder Cape, and here he would find the entrance to a tunnel that would lead him to the centre of the mine.
Apparently the Chief and his people found the mine, for the Ojibway became famous for their beautiful silver ornaments. So beautiful indeed were they, that the Sioux warriors on seeing them upon their wounded enemies, strove to wrest their secret from them.
However, torture and even death failed to make the gallant Ojibway divulge their secret and the Sioux chieftains had to devise another scheme to find the source of the Ojibway silver.
One day they summoned their most cunning scout to a pow-wow and a plan was formed. The scout was to enter the Ojibway camp disguised as one of them. This he did and in a few days succeeded in learning the secret of the island of silver.
Going to the mine at night he took several large pieces of the precious metal in order to prove to his chieftain that he had fulfilled his mission.
The scout however never returned to his camp, for on his way back he stopped at a white traders post to purchase some food. Having no furs or money with which to pay for the goods, he used a piece of the silver.
Upon seeing such a large piece of the gleaming metal, two white men sought to obtain the whereabouts of its source, in order to make themselves fabulously rich. After filling the Sioux scout with liquor they persuaded him to show them the way to the mine.
When almost in sight of "Silver Islet" a terrific storm broke over the Cape. The white men were drowned and the Native was found in a crazed condition floating aimlessly in his canoe, but the most extraordinary thing that had happened during the storm, was that where once was a wide opening to the bay, now lay what appeared to be a great sleeping figure of a man. The Great Spirit's warning had been fulfilled and he had been turned to stone.
On a little island at the foot of the Sleeping Giant, can still be seen the partly submerged shafts of what was once the richest silver mine in the northwest. White men have tried again and again to pump out the water that keeps flooding it from Lake Superior but without success. Is it still under the curse of Nanabijou, Spirit of the Deep Sea Water... perhaps...who can tell?

Our first meeting with Pink Baby. She smells real good.

We both really like her.

Tonight Pink Baby is off to obedience class with Ruby. She attended Penny's class last night.

Love Ruby, Penny & Pink Baby


The 'splorin' Wolfies May 27, 2009 at 10:54 AM  

WOW!!! the sleeping giant is AMAZING!!! you are right! you can clearly make him out in his perpetual slumber

Charlotte May 27, 2009 at 11:17 AM  

Breathtaking pics od the sleeping giant! Such an interesting tale!

((hugs)) your friends
Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

Checkers & Chess May 27, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

So glad Pink Baby finally made it on that slow boat to the frozen north! I hope she enjoys obedience school - I think she might prefer the country music bars and a little Jack Daniels tho.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! May 27, 2009 at 11:41 AM  


I soooo wish I khould have khome along with PB - I mean, woo probably still have SNOW!

Tank woo fur sharing The Sleeping Giant with us!

Have fun with PB!


Anonymous May 27, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

OH WOW! I can't believe Pink Baby was that brave! I would be scared of a giant that big!!

Have fun with her! I can't wait to see what new things you all do!


Anonymous May 27, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

Is PB going to obedience class just to keep you company or has she developed some behavioral problems?? ... I do hope she's okay. Interesting story about the sleeping giant! Woof, Tank

Yogui May 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM  

My mustache have been bristling with your history, I love it.
Many Thankpaws

Arran, Arthur and Mum May 27, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

She having such good adventures already. Take care of her girls!

JD and Max May 27, 2009 at 4:27 PM  

Hi Ruby and Penny - we love the photos of the sleeping giant, really cool! Thanks for telling us about the history of it too - very interesting. Baby Pink is having a great adventure - very brave of her to have a snooze on that giant's chest too! Tail wags - JD and Max.

Frankie Furter and Ernie May 27, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

Hi Girrrls, That is a scary giant story. I like the Pink Baby. Licks & Wags X's 2

Frankie Furter and Ernie May 27, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

Hi Girrrls, That is a scary giant story. I like the Pink Baby. Licks & Wags X's 2

Oskar May 27, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

What a wonderful adventure Pink Baby had. I liked the story about the sleeping giant. My mom person loves stories like those!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ May 27, 2009 at 9:05 PM  

That's a great story about the Sleeping Giant. This is one of the best parts about Pink Baby's travels. We all get to learn so much about other parts of our world.

She looks quite content with the two of you darlings.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Lorenza May 27, 2009 at 9:54 PM  

Thanks for sharing the story of the Sleeping Giant! It is pawesome!
I am sure you two are having fun with Pink Baby! Is she enjoying your training classes??
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Taffy May 27, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

Wow! What a tail of the sleeping giant. Very interesting...thanks for sharing. I'm glad I found you 2 and I will be following along on your adventures. ~Twix

DoMoFi May 28, 2009 at 12:12 AM  

DoMo wishes to go Miami and see the sleeping giant! :)

Molly the Airedale May 28, 2009 at 5:14 AM  

Your Sleeping Giant looks so different from ours! Yours sleeps next to a huge body of water and he looks taller!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Tee May 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

We love stories like that! We have a mountain here that resembles a profile of a woman. They call the mountain Santubong - after the name of the fallen princess.

Sometimes we wonder if there's some truth to all the stories ...

Licks and Wags

TUffy and the Dog WOods Pack

Anonymous May 28, 2009 at 12:45 PM  

I hope Pink Baby was on her best behavior at your classes!! :)


Fred May 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM  

Very interesting! By the way, I'm Fred, and I just stopped in to say hello!

Thoughts May 28, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

That's a neat story, and cool pics! We think the pink baby is a keeper!

The 'splorin' Wolfies May 29, 2009 at 7:29 AM  

i did not get the job because then i had to fill out a form and one of the questions was "are you a visible minority" and i checked yes--because i thought it was that i wore glasses. she thought i was nuts...

Rowdy and Bette May 30, 2009 at 3:49 PM  

Never even heard of the sleeping giant before, thanks!

And who WOULDN'T like the Pink Baby?

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