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Jun 18, 2019 - Sault St Marie - The Soo Locks

After Tahquamenon Falls we headed northeast to the shore or Lake Superior and drove to Sault St Marie, MI stopping to camp for free at the Kewadin Casino RV campground. After setting up camp we went to the Soo Locks. Called "The Linchpin of the Great lakes" by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Soo Locks are an engineering marvel with roots dating back to the 1800s. It's estimated that 500,000 people visit these locks that connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron. Lake Superior is 21 feet higher than Lake Huron so the locks were built so...

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Jul 14, 2018 - Sault St Marie

Sunday July 15 Sun morning, we’re moving from boondocking to E/W hookups. We were told yesterday the 4 campsites were reserved for the night. So we sat-up in boondocking for the night only to find I had a problem with my inverter and my batteries went dead in the middle of the night. Enough of that subject, we got moved in the morning set-up everything plugged in and all working again. So we’re off for our adventure for the day. We’re heading for the upper and lower Tahquamenon Falls. Got to the upper falls around 11- 11:30. Only to find...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI

We got here early enough to see a little bit of the city. We went to the visitors center which has so much information about the history of the Soo Locks. We are on the St Marys River which is part of the St Lawrence seaway. We are looking across the river at Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. Then next day, we enjoyed a ride on the Soo locks boat tour. There is a lot of industry in this small area. The locks have been enlarged several times over the past 130 years and will be enlarged again in the next few years to accommodate the ever...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Soo Locks

As gray and gloomy as yesterday was, today dawned sunny and crisp—a perfect day for the short drive to Sault Ste. Marie. The objective was to arrive in time to catch the 1:30 tour boat to travel through the Soo Locks and back. We found the perfectly-located campground and got a site that, headed in, allowed a picture window view of St. Mary’s River, which goes from Lake Superior to Lake Huron. The river straddles the US/Canadian border so our view out the front window looks across to Canada. We got to the tour boat in plenty of time and...

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Sep 4, 2017 - We Became Boat Nerds in the "Soo"

After our wonderful time in Petoskey, we traveled across the Mackinaw Bridge to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and temporarily became Yoopers. Yoopers are anyone who resides in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and they are very proud of that designation! Sault Ste. Marie, often referred to as “The Soo” is a town of 15,000 on the Michigan side and 75,000 on the Canadian side. Sault Ste. Marie was founded in 1668 and the translation from French means “The Rapids of St. Mary” and The International Bridge connects the two cities. Shipping traffic...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Sault Ste. Marie

They let me back into the country!!!! I see bill boards and businesses have big advertising signs - in english! Television is in english! I'm going to have to figure out what those signs mean that say '70' - 70km is pretty slow for one of these limited access divided highways! And fuel is sold in gallons? And when I see a sign that says "X" is a distance of 72 increments, I don't have to multiply by 6 and divide by 10 anymore? What is going on??

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Jun 27, 2017 - A Day at Soo Locks

Today was an exciting day. We went on the Soo Locks Boat Tour. We left the dock at 10:00am and headed up the St. Mary's River to the Locks. There are four U.S. Locks but only two of them are currently in use. We ended up at the first lock, MacArthur Lock. We entered the lock and moved to the front as another ship with a crane came in behind us. There is a difference of 21 feet between the St. Mary's River and Lake Superior. We were tied off and then the water was raised until we could see Lake Superior above the lock gate. The movement of...

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Jun 26, 2017 - A Rainy Day in Sault St. Marie

Woke up this morning to a ship passing near our campsite. Soon the rain began and we stayed inside watching ships go by for the rest of the day. The most exciting thing that happened (besides it being Parker's birthday) was that Mary Ellen's Volleyball team, who were playing in the AAU Junior Girl's National Championship in Florida, won first place and even better Mary Ellen was named MVP of the tournament. It was nice to have a restful day. Tomorrow we will take a boat tour through the locks.

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Jun 25, 2017 - On to Sault St. Marie

The trip from Essex, Ontario to Sault St. Marie Michigan was about 350 miles. Unfortunately, our GPS directed us to the Windsor/Detroit Tunnel which we were too tall to go through. Luckily there was a way out and the booth attendants were nice enough to direct us to the bridge. After that rocky start, the trip went well other than a few light rain storms. When we stopped for lunch about midway up Michigan, the temperature was 55 degrees - brr! We arrived at Aune Osborne campground at a little after 5:00 pm. We have a great campsite, right...

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Oct 7, 2016 - Soo-ee

Sault Ste Marie, MI The St. Marys River is the only water connection between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes. The water drops 21’ in a short ¾ mile long stretch. This rapids, or “sault”, made it impossible for trade vessels to pass. Vessels had to be unloaded and their contents portaged around. In 1797 the first lock on the St. Marys River was constructed to provide passage for trade canoes. Now about 10,000 ships pass through, some as long as 1,000 feet. The Soo Locks, Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway provide an unbroken water...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Stair crazy

Sault Ste Marie, MI Our journey today took us along the edge of Lake Superior. We stopped at a number of overlooks and parks before reaching Iroquois Point Lighthouse. There we had a very nice talk with the docent before climbing up the 54 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The day had started with some pretty heavy fog and we were still experiencing it so there wasn’t much of a view. We had to take it on faith that Canada was just a short distance across the water. Our next major stop was Whitefish Point to see another lighthouse with a...

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Oct 5, 2016 - Seney

Sault Ste Marie, MI Today was a rather strange day. Our credit card number was stolen so much of the day was spent taking care of the problems that caused. Since it was also a travel day, the only sight-seeing we did was at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge was established in 1935 for the protection and production of migratory birds and other wildlife. Nearly two-thirds of the Refuge is classified as wetland. They say there are over 200 bird species, 26 fish species and 50 mammals there. We saw nothing but a number of trumpeter...

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