I grew up near the Lake Erie shore, and I have always had this… how to describe it? It’s a sense of where the lake is. A lot of people I know who grew up in the area have it. For me, it kicks in once I get within about 10-15 miles of the lake — I can feel it, and if I can feel it, I know where north is.
I don’t know if people who grow up by any body of water have this, or if it’s something about lakes, or even the Great Lakes… I’m not sure, maybe I am just the weird one. But this past weekend, I went to Muskegon, MI, with my band to play at the Association of Concert Bands performance… and after a few hours there, my lakesense kicked in. I could feel Lake Michigan, except it was to the west instead of my usual feeling of Lake Erie being to the north.
This facilitated navigation, of course, combined with a basic knowledge of the layout of the town. It was quite handy, and at the time it was a passive feeling, meaning that I didn’t even realize that lakesense is what I was feeling. However, I’ve only been to Lake Michigan once before in my life, which makes me think that it’s something about large bodies of water and being acclimated to them in some way.
I didn’t pay attention to this when I was near any oceans, but I worry that if I try to pay attention to it, I’ll become too aware of it and either miss it entirely or unintentionally fabricate it.
Does anyone else experience this?