2 fulltimers travel blog

 

from our camp

rocky bottom

rooster tails behind a ferry!!

carry your own transportation to Mackinac

our view

 

look at this campsite

1,000 ft vessel going east to Lake Huron

Internation Bridge to Canada & notice the level of the tour boat...

Check out the porch swing

 

 

Lock tender's control tower top right


This is day two of trying to remain on the Internet. The Verizon card either works well or less than desirable. When conditions are not PERFECT, the frustration mounts when trying to make an entry. You might say ,Johanna, just wait and make the entry at another time. This entry is dependent on my memory-get the point! Two days from now I may not recall accurately what we did-ha! Nevertheless, we'll cross our fingers. Uploading the photos is the major snag when the connection is slow. One of the especially bright points of Rving is changing real estate at will. Sure enough we traded NF campgrounds with minimal effort. Our location is on the small dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline. This offers us a lovely view, nice breeze, and significantly fewer bugs. Now we can enjoy the benefits of sitting outside. One of the first things we did was to take a walk up/down the beach. You'll be surprised to know the lake bottom at the shore line is pebbles. Today we visited Sault(Soo) Ste Marie, famous for the COE's "Soo Locks". Viewing can be done up close at the multi-level observation platforms. The grounds surrounding the locks contain many buildings, a spectacular fountain, a visitors' center with the locks history and how the locks work. There is a board, kept current by staff, which vessels are approaching, its size, nationality, tonnage,cargo, destination, and exit time from the locks. It's impressive, leaving one watching in awe as time passes by. The largest lock is 1,200 feet in length by 110 feet in width. The largest vessel we viewed was 1,000 feet by 105 - you do the math - VERY close!! The process requires lines on shore and on the vessel to maneuver safe passage. History told us the locks were built in 1855 secondary to St. Mary's Falls/rapids on the St Mary River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Since the beginning of civilization, these waters have been a major connection with EVERY water port on this continent. Imagine the labor involved in portaging a vessel over approximately a 21 foot drop. We think we are an intelligent society, and we are, but the clever engineering minds of those centuries prior to us were equally intelligent for their era. I, for one, take so much for granted. While traveling, my mind has broadened from thinking what I'm gonna wear tomorrow to marveling at the courage, creativity, labor involved in simply surviving from day to day in past times. Since Minnesota the French and Native American influence is seen. For example, dual flags fly, the spelling of words hint this, ie "Fudge de Locke". You knew it would evolve into talk of food, didn't you. Lake whitefish is a local favorite. Our chosen restaurant has been in operation since 1945. In the beginning the owner/chef began each day by fishing at the locks for lunch/dinner. Yes, I could not pass up the marble table with hot poured fudge being kneaded.



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