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We drove Highway 2 eastward along the "coast" of Lake Erie. We were on the quest for some national wildlife refuges.

The first was Cedar Point, but it was "walk-in" only, no roads or visitor centers. The second stop was at Cooley Canal,which is not a wildlife refuge, but worth of a stop. The canal serves as a route for boats to Lake Erie. There was a parking lot; we were able to get out and look at Lake Erie.

Lake Erie is a very shallow lake. The western basin has an average depth of only 25-30 feet; the central basin is 61 feet on average; and the eastern basin is 120 feet. The lake's shallow depth and lopsided basom account for the sudden and viloten storms for which Lake Erie is famous. The shallowness (is that a word?) contributes to the murky color as well as winds. It's not the "beautiful" clear lake that we saw at Lake Michigan.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was our last stop for the day. It has a great visitor's center, and a boardwalk. There are also lots of trails. As we walked the boardwalk we saw a few birds. Glen is favoring a pulled hip muscle so we didn't do any long walks today. A week from today the refuge will have roads open to the back part of the refuge. If we are still in the area we want to come back for the drive. While we were in the visitor's center a hiker/birder came in and reported a pair of Trumpeter Swans out in the pools of water away from the visitor's center.

We had a late breakfast, and no lunch. By 4:30 we were ready to find a good restaurant. "Oregon Inn on Bayshore" had been recommended by the neighbor in the campground. We found the restaurant, and were pleasantly surprised by the interior. The exterior didn't look as fancy as the inside!!!

There were lots of great choices on the menu but we both chose "senior" cut of prime rib: 6 oz. for $9.99 each. Our choice of sides were house salad with homemade dressing and twice baked potatoes. A great meal!!!! Oh, yes, there were hot rolls with the meal, also.

We are settled in for the evening, watching the sun set over the inland lake in front of us. If it is picture-worthy, you will see it tomorrow night!

Hope you are having a great week end.

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