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Jul 29, 2018 - Do We Go or Do We Stay?

We're back on the grid somewhat so I'll begin to post what's been going on over the last 4 or 5 days although there may not be any pictures because of slooooooow internet connection. We arrived in Paradise, MI on Saturday. We planed to stay in Tahquamenon Falls State Park for several days to visit Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point Lighthouse. As we’ve found over the years, travel plans need to change based on circumstances. We were scheduled to move from Site 10 to Site 6 on Sunday. Before parking at the site, I drove to the dump...

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Jul 4, 2016 - The Fourth of July Celebrations in Sault St. Marie

Last year we were in Polson in Northern Montana for the 4th of July. At that point we were just one stop from Glacier National Park. I remember there wasn't much going on for the 4th in the small town except for fireworks which we could see from our motorhome. I remember that I was too sleepy to enjoy them! Sault St. Marie had more going on. There was a really nice civic pride kind of parade that started at 7:00 p.m. We got to the street where the parade was to be and sat in the nice chairs we brought from our RV. Police vehicles of all...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Sault St. Marie

We are back in civilization again with television, wifi and telephone service. Sault St. Marie is a town of 14,000 that sits on St. Mary's River across from Sault St. Marie in Ontario, Canada. Our campground is right on the river so we had fun watching big freighters go by as soon as we arrived. After lunch we went to the visitors' center and viewing areas. It was really fun to see these 700 feet or more ships pull into a lock with maybe 10 feet to spare on the sides. Lake Superior is 21 feet higher than Lake Huron so locks raise and...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Lower Falls Rowboat Ride

“What are we going to do this afternoon?” Jerry asked. I am the social director and I had no idea what we were going to do. We had done what was on my list for this area and we are not leaving till tomorrow morning. “We have all afternoon to read”, I said. Then I got the bright idea of renting a row boat and rowing to an island from which you can see the Lower Falls much closer than we had seen them yesterday. For $14 we had a rowboat for our use for as long as we wanted. It was great fun. We rowed around the lake that is at the end of the...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Shipwreck Museum, Paradise

It’s another beautiful day. We drove up to Whitefish Point which is at the beginning of Whitefish Bay where there have been many shipwrecks over the years because of ships running into each other and bad weather. The Edmund Fitzgerald that was lost in 1975 to a huge storm went down not that far from this point. Not only did we learn more about shipwrecks on Lake Superior, we also got to see a restored light station and lifeboat station. I always admire the people who worked so hard to keep people safe on the seas by keeping a lighthouse in...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Taquamenon Falls State Park – First Day

How in the world do you pronounce the name of the state park where we are this weekend, I wondered. I heard a couple of people pronounce it, but I couldn’t repeat what they said. It wasn’t until we got into this area that signs told us that it rhymes with “phenomenon”. That’s not so hard after all! We are now near the eastern end of Lake Superior. We will be in Sault St. Marie next which will be the last stop on our tour from West to East of the southern shore of the big lake. Then it’s on to Lakes Michigan and Huron. The weather has been...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Tahquamenon Falls

The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are located near Lake Superior in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We took a train and then a ferry boat to the path that led us to the falls. I love waterfalls, so I thought they were delightful! For those with a literary bent, the Tahquamenon is noted as being the land of Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha - "by the rushing Tahquamenaw" where Hiawatha built his canoe.

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Jun 22, 2013 - On our way to Shipwreck Museum via Tahquamenon Falls

This morning after breakfast at the motel, we packed up, ready to head for the Shipwreck Museum. It was a nice, pleasant drive. On the way we passed Tahquamenon Falls, which Berta had recommended, so we decided to stop. The pathways are very well laid out and marked with interesting facts. The first descent was 94 steps which we braved. As always, down was easier than up! But it does give you a great view of the falls. On the way up, I hit a "brick wall"....got sweaty and shaky. That's what happens when I fail to eat protein with my...

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May 21, 2013 - Mackinaw City to Paradise, MI

Our sausage and vegetable soup last night was terrific. Too bad I really don’t know all that I did to make it! We watched an old Denzel Washington movie, Man on Fire, and I managed to stay up until after 10:00 to see then end which is very unusual. Rained all night and was windy. What we did not realize was the horrible tornado in Moore, NE. Once we look at the news in the morning we don’t realize what else in the world is going on other than perhaps some yahoo news when we check email on the PC. Bob noticed a crack in the hitch so we are...

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Jun 20, 2012 - Shipwreck Museum and Cranberry Farm, Whitefish Point, MI

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – We got up and started early. Well at least early for us. It was sprinkling most of the way. I have decided that there are lots of woods between the towns in Michigan. We stopped at the Tahquamenon Falls and they wanted $29 for an annual fee plus $21 a night for camping. We decided not to see the falls and we were glad we did not after some other tourists say they expected a nice flow of water and there was not. We stopped, ate lunch and then on to the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. We learned over 6,000 ships...

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Sep 12, 2011 - More Sightseeing in the UP

This is actually part two to the Soo Lock post. After we got off the tour boat, the day really changed, it brightened up, the sun came out and eventually the clouds cleared! So, as long as we were this far north, we decided why not go and see the three lighthouses up here in this area by driving westward. And it ended up being FOUR! So, off we headed! Our first destination was to the small town of Brimley and to the Point Iroquois Lighthouse. But before reaching this lighthouse, we stopped and took a few pics of an unusual Indian Burial...

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Aug 23, 2011 - Tahquamenon Falls

August 23, 2011 – Tahquamenon We took a trip to Tahquamenon (rhymes with phenomenon) Falls today; the second highest/largest falls east of the Mississippi – second only to Niagara. There are two sets of falls; upper and naturally, lower. The Lower Falls consist of three distinct falls separated by an island. Over 55,000 gallons of water fall over these falls each second. It is amazing and the water is that tannic acid color common in the pine barrens of New Jersey and other dense pine/cedar forests. The upper falls are really reminiscent of...

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