|Fueling up in Ashland, WI|
|Ashland city park on Lake Superior|
|Americana through our windshield|
|Howard models for a photo by Lake Michigan|
It proved to be the perfect route. We passed through small towns on a two-lane lined with trees in varying stages of autumn colors. We happened upon a couple of vintage cars that we were destined to meet up with in a short time. We found the magnificent Taquahmenon Falls State Park, and were only too happy to part with the $8 day use fee, unprepared for what lie ahead.
|A couple of vintage cars, but there's more!|
|A touch of red and gold...|
And this is what greeted us after parking! A very impressive vintage car club from all over the country meeting up for a road trip. They are known as the FARTS…Friends of Ancient Road Transportation. There were classic Pierce Arrows, Rolls Royces, Cadillacs, Overlands, and Peugeots.
Much more awaited us on the half mile trail to the Upper Falls but we certainly weren't prepared for this:
|About 100 steps down...then up, but worth it!|
|Taken from a viewpoint on the trail above..|
|and up close!|
We finally continued on to our destination in Sault Ste. Marie and another marvelous parking site right on the banks of the St. Marys River. Thanks to Beth for encouraging us to go a bit out of our way (we have a way?) to see the Soo Locks! There are only 4 sites with water and electric for $25 but again it’s the location that counts. This is the view from our window of the working waterfront.
Looking across the St. Mary’s River at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
And we were just in time for a fine chicken dinner with all the trimmings. I’m sure we saw this freighter in Duluth!
|From our table (out the window) dining at the Elk's Lodge in Sault Ste. Marie|
- The MacArthur Lock is 800 feet long, 80 feet wide, and 29.5 feet deep.
- The Poe Lock is 1,200 feet long, 110 feet wide, and 32 feet deep
- The Davis Lock is 1,350 feet long, 80 feet wide, and 23.1 ft. deep.
- The Sabin Lock is 1,350 feet long, 80 feet wide, and 23.1 feet deep.
A single small lock is currently operated on the Canadian side of the Soo. Opened in 1998, it was built within a damaged older lock, and is 253 ft. long, 51 ft. wide, and 44 ft. deep. The Canadian lock is used for recreational and tour boats; major shipping traffic uses the U.S. locks.
The latter two are either used infrequently or placed in caretaker status.
We had heard while walking around that a large vessel was approaching. We went into the very impressive Corps of Engineers Visitor Center and this was confirmed. We had about 45 minutes to view and read all the exhibits then gathered on the viewing platform for the approach of a 1000’ freighter.
|The MacArthur lock looking toward the St. Marys River|
|Looking toward Lake Superior and the International Bridge with a 1000' freighter approaching the Poe Lock|
|Here the MacArthur Lock has raised 21' & now level with Lake Superior|
|A small tug enters the Lake as the large freighter (lock 2) is lowered to River level|
We are moving along pretty fast now to get to Niagara Falls, so keeping current on blog posts is replaced by days full of seeing the local areas that happen to be our home for a night or two, and quick Facebook check-ins. Please stay tuned, though, as I will eventually get you to where we are! Thanks for stopping by….