Fun Fact Friday

 

Did you know that there is a pink lake in Senegal? 

Well, there is and here are some pictures of it!

Lake Retba – Senegal, Africa

Senegalese men collecting salt from the lake.

Salt collector’s boats

So Why is Lake Retba Pink?

The pink color of Lake Retba is the effect of high density of  Dunaliella Salina algae in the lake. You might think that this makes this lake dangerous and you cannot go near it. Quite the contrary, a sizeable population of people in the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal make a living out of Lake Retba. The lake has a high concentration of  salt  in its water and the locals  harvest it for a living.

Lake Retba is Therapeutic!

The pink water might not be enticing to swim in, but the Dunaliella Salina algae and salt rich water  has anti-oxidant properties. A quick swim in these waters is not all that bad an idea, especially since floating in the highly salty water is rather effortless (simple principle of buoyancy). More importantly mineral deposits from the Lake Retba are used in the cosmetics industry for various product. The food industry also uses the salt extracted for special purposes. Though the minerals themselves are widely sought out, the locals who collect the salt deposits from within the lake floor have to apply a coat of protective butter to prevent excessive dryness and skin reaction from over exposure to salt.

Facts about Lake Retba found here.

For more information and pictures check out the following website…http://www.lakeretba.com/

Isn’t God amazing? He is always giving us something new to learn and beauty upon beauty to satisfy our souls!!  I’m looking forward to the chance to visit Lac Rose for myself someday…who knows maybe I’ll be able to rent a kayak and paddle around!  

Canoeing the Crow Wing River

One of my most favorite outdoor activities is kayaking and if kayaking is not an option canoeing comes in at a close second. Earlier this week I got to spend three day out canoeing on the Crow Wing river with my church youth group. The weather was perfect and it was great to spend some time getting to know the students better!

If you have never been to Minnesota…sit back enjoy a glimpse of the beauty of my state!

If you live in Minnesota and haven’t found time recently to get out and enjoy our beautiful state, hopefully these picture will inspire you!  If we have to deal with ridiculously cold winters we should really make time to enjoy our amazing summers!

 

I spent 3 days on this lovely river with 20 amazing teenagers!

I spent 3 days on this lovely river with 20 amazing teenagers!

Taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of God's creation!

Taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation!

A glimpse of whimsy...

A glimpse of whimsy…

We had perfect weather for our trip, sunny and low 80's!

We had perfect weather for our trip, sunny and low 80’s!

Sorry this picture is a little blurry...but it was the best one I took.  We saw quite a few eagles along the way!

Sorry this picture is a little blurry…but it was the best one I took. We saw quite a few eagles along the way!

I love the site of canoes and a river.

I love the site of canoes and a river.

Over the course of two days I counted close to 200 turtles...I also saw 2 of these huge snapping turtles!  A few of the guys decided to catch this one!

Over the course of two days I counted close to 200 turtles…I also saw 2 of these huge snapping turtles! A few of the guys decided to catch this one!

Here I am drifting along...the river had a nice current so we didn't have to work too hard!

Here I am drifting along…the river had a nice current so we didn’t have to work too hard!