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Sep 16, 2014 - Point Iroquois Lighthouse

We picked up another lighthouse stamp today, the Point Iroquois Lighthouse on Whitefish Bay, in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. We also got to go inside and see where the lighthouse keepers lived with their family. This was one of the lighthouses in Michigan where the light keepers could have their families live with them while on duty. The Hiawatha National Forest maintains Point Iroquois Lighthouse as a historic structure. It is located a few miles north of Bay Mills in Brimley, on the lakeshore drive. The point is the site of a historic...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Brimley, MI

When we left the campground in Mackinaw, we crossed that beautiful 5 mile Mackinac Bridge which opened in 1957. It is the third longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. We stayed in Brimley, MI at the Bay Mills Campground that is across the street from their Casino and is right on the bay of Lake Superior. We stayed here for three nights. While we were here we went to the Shipwreck Museum of the Great Lakes in Whitefish Point. It was a very interesting museum telling stories of...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Brimley, MI

On July 23 we headed over the 5 mile Mackinaw Bridge. On the other side you enter the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The "U P" has over 40 lighthouses and the locals are called "Da Yuppers"...pronounced YOUper. We stayed at Bay Mills Casino. The advantage to that was we had $45 free money to gamble with. Clarence spent his and left with $1.90 and I spent mine and left with $204. The following day we took a drive to The Shipwreck Museum of the Great Lakes . Of the 6,000 shipwrecks, the most famous was the Edmund Fitzgerald. They featured a...

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Aug 25, 2013 - Day trip to Paradise...

Today we headed to Paradise, MI about 45 min from our campground. It is close to here that we found the Point Iroquois Lighthouse. This lighthouse shone its light over one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world - the entrance to the St. Mary's River and the Soo Locks. As you can imagine, there are many lighthouses on Lake Superior, most of them no longer in service. This part of St. Mary's River (off of Lake Superior) is known for its graveyard of old shipwrecks caused by the treacherous waters. We were surprised to see the sandy...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Traveling to the UP of Michigan

The text for this day has changed. It only took us a couple of hours to get to Brimley, so after we checked in we went to Sault Ste. Marie to have lunch and spend the afternoon. The highlight of this trip was to see the Soo Locks that allow the huge freighters to go from St. Mary's River (off of Lake Huron) to Lake Superior (or vise versa). The water changes 21ft., St. Mary's being the lower. Many of the freighters that travel through the locks are huge. The one pictured was 1,000 ft. long and over 100ft. wide. It goes into the Lock and...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Visited Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Visited Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. It is larger then the USA side but more industrial. Essar Steel Algoma (formerly Algoma Steel) is located on the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada and is the very significant employer in this community. From Wikipedia, “sault either means "jump" or "rapids" in French, and thus the entire name translates to "Saint Mary's Rapids" or "Saint Mary's Falls". Although the word sault is pronounced like "so" in French, it is pronounced like "soo" in English.” Thus the St Mary River locks have...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Sault Ste. Marie - SS Valley Camp - Museum

While in Sault Ste. Marie we also visited a cargo ship museum located at the south end of downtown. The SS Valley Camp was commissioned in 1917 and was converted to a museum after 67 years of shipping iron oar across the Great Lakes. The museum included a memorial to the 29 souls, the entire crew, lost during the wreck of the SS Edward Fitzgerald. There were also many other interesting Great Lake maritime artifacts. The ship it self was set up so visitors could walk the ship’s passages and view the bridge, the crews quarters, the galley...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Visited Sault Ste. Marie

On Saturday, July 7, 2012, we drove the 8 miles east from Brimley and visited Sault (pronounced sue) Ste. Marie, Michigan’s oldest city, and the Soo Locks (also pronounces sue). Construction on these locks started in 1853. Since that time the locks have been expanded and replaced in order to accommodate the needs of the shipping industry. During our visit there were five large cargo ships that moved through the locks. The ships are either raised or lowered 21 feet as Lake Huron is 579 feet above sea level and Lake Superior is 600 feet above...

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Jul 6, 2012 - Visiting St Iroquois Light Station, MI

On the return trip to the campground we drove the very lonely Bay View Drive whose Whitefish Bay view was mostly blocked by tress. Along this road, at 8:00 PM, we stopped at the St Iroquois Light Station. The lighthouse museum was closed but when you are so far north it does not get dark until 10:15 so there was plenty of light to take photos. As you can see from the photo, it was a Lighthouse looking lighthouse with an overall height of 65 feet. This lighthouse guards the turbulent waters where Lake Superior waters rush into St. Mary’s...

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Jul 6, 2012 - Brilmley, MI: Visiting Whitefish Point Lighthouse

From Tahquamenon we drove north to Whitefish Point where the Whitefish Point Lighthouse resides. Although the Lighthouse, constructed in 1861, was decommissioned in 1970, an automated Light was installed and this is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. The Great Wrecks Museum is also located on this site. Over the decades there have been over 200 ship wrecks in these narrow straits. One of those ships which sunk during heavy winds and seas in waves of thirty feet was the very well know 800 foot Edmund Fitzgerald. She sank,...

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Jul 6, 2012 - Brimely, MI: We visited Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Whitefish Point and St Iroquois Light Station

On Friday, July 6, 2012, we drove the RV from St Ignace about 60 miles north to Brimley State Park located in the small village of Brimley. It is a nice park sitting on Whitefish Bay with 50 amp power but no water or sewer connections. At departure from St Ignace we again filled our water tank to maximum at ninety gallons and headed north to Brimley, MI. Brimley State Park’s 237 sites are filled. Our site is huge and in most campgrounds they would put two of us on this site. There are one gazillon kids here with four gazillion pieces of...

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Jul 29, 2011 - Counting Down

Let me introduce my grand adventure to you. I will be going to Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. for my athletic training internship starting August 8, 2011. Gallaudet University is a school for the Deaf and Hard of hearing. The school is located on Florida Avenue about a mile and a half east of the capital. I will be going to D.C. with Chelsea Yehl who is also from Central. At this time Chelsea and I are waiting to find out if we will be rooming together and what are living arrangements are going to be.

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