Friday, January 2, 2015

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Sault Ste. Marie # 3

There is a very nice park associated with the Soo Locks - It's a pleasure just to walk around and enjoy the cool weather and the green trees, grass and flowers.

This is the Corps of Engineers administration building.  The red flags are the Corps of Engineers flag.

This is a poor picture of the Poe Lock.  There are actually four U S locks and a Canadian Lock.  There are three hydroelectric plants.

This is a close up of one of the locks.  As a ship comes through the lock, from Lake Huron, it is raised 21 feet, straight up to the level of Lake Superior.

This is the Visitor's Center.

Uh Oh, Has Treky been naughty and put in jail?  It looks like he is behind bars.

No, I put in all the quarters that I had to keep Treky legal - He's OK.  Once again, I am pleased with Treky's size.  He's parked in a parallel parking place and he had less trouble getting in than some cars.

There are many nautical items on display inside the Visitor's Center.

Tippy says that you could buy a lot of dog food for that!

This is our last post for a while.  Treky has to go to the motor home doctor and the earliest appointment we could get is September 11th. His refrigerator AC power is downstream from a GFI connector that failed.  That connector must be replaced.  His generator must be serviced.  His toilet water intake valve must be replaced.  We consider all of these items to be necessities so we are delaying all trips until after September 11th. 

I'll try to document Treky's repairs at the shop - Until then, we will be "off the air".

Thanks for riding along with us this year.  We have been on the road longer than we have been at home - and enjoyed every minute.

Ron, Tippy & Treky

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sault Ste. Marie # 2

There's the Soo Movie Theater - named after the Soo lock here. Treky thinks this town looks like Mt Airy, North Carolina - Pretty and the type of place you would like to call home.  The people here are very friendly - many of them helped us find our way around.  Tippy says, "Ron is the one who got lost over and over - Tippy and I knew exactly where we were at all times".

We are looking for the Soo Locks - Some thoughtful soul included the direction on the highway sign.

Another Tattoo joint.  Tippy would like to get a tattoo. When he learned that a needle is involved, well you can imagine how quickly he changed his mind and acted like he never wanted a tattoo.  - Just part of our adventure.

The Soo Locks are on the right and Treky thinks that the bridge in the distance connects the United States and Canada.

Some of the loading equipment at the Soo Docks

This monument was erected during the 1940's and recognizes the Corps of Engineers (who control the locks) which was part of the "War Department", now known as the Defense Department.  The locks go through the Saint Mary's Falls Canal. In the next day or two, we'll write about the security provided by Homeland Security Department.

See yawl then

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Remember Sault Ste. Marie # 1...

This picture of our GPS will give you an idea of where we are.  You can see Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.  Our location is indicated by the yellow arrow with the red dot in the center.  The (more or less) horizontal black line is the U S and Canadian border...

The drive right up to the Sault Ste. Marie city limits is pleasant - nice and green - cool (65 degrees Farenheit) - Clean air - a good day to be alive.

As we arrived downtown, we didn't find a fudge shop or a moccasin store but if you want a tattoo, here is a shop that specialized in sports clothes and tattoos. 

It's Sunday morning - no traffic downtown

The sign on the bridge says, "Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie.  Treky loves all bridges - even those with three lanes.  Let's talk about pronunciation - Sault is pronounced "Sue".  Sault is a local Indian tribe with a nearby reservation.  We have visited the Sioux Indian tribe in the Southwest - also pronounced Sue.  Since I am from Alabama and Tippy and Treky are from South Carolina, we have no criticism of how people pronounce words - Ha Ha.

More in the next day after tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Michigan Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is large enough to be a separate state  We entered the Upper Peninsula when we crossed the Mackinaw bridge north bound.  It's beautiful country this time of year.

In a 10 mile stretch of I-75 north bound we saw only maybe 20 or 30 cars.

We were told that this is called Castle Rock.  It's the only attraction for a few miles so a business built up around it - there is a stairway up to the top of the rock and a convenience store/gas station is on the south bound side of I-75.

About 20 miles north of "the" bridge, I-75 was closed and we were rerouted onto a two lane detour.  We didn't mind - what a beautiful peaceful drive and what a contrast with driving through some big cities.

The temperature at noon is 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  Can't beat that for mid August weather.

Tomorrow, we will explore the land further north.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Father Marquette Memorial - St. Ignace, Michigan

I don't think the price of gas is too bad considering how this remote location is

This sign in St. Ignace, Michigan whetted our curiosity so we decided to investigate. St. Ignace is the town on the North side of the Mackinac Bridge.

 This is a memorial built to honor Father Marquette.

This explains the reason for the memorial.

Tippy was allowed to help explore the Father Marquette memorial grounds.  We like that.

This monument is so shinny that it reflected my image.  I don't remember what it said.  It was at Father Marquette's Memorial.

A little explanation about St. Ignace and Father Marquette.

One place I really liked in St. Ignace was the Big Boy restaurant.  I ate their breakfast buffet twice.  I think that in some parts of the United States, this restaurant is called Shoney's - at least they look the same and have the same menu.

I'll see you later - - - -

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mackinaw City Docks

Bell Tower at the dock

If you can't catch em, you can buy em already smoked - at the dock

U S Coast Guard ship at the dock

Lonesome seagull guarding the dock

Better picture of the bell tower

The seagulls are very aggressive - if you have food in your hand, they will fly down and take it.

Tippy and I could sit here at the Mackinaw City dock all day watching the boats and the people.