First, I'd like to welcome a few new followers:
- Sherry at MTWaggin Photos & Blog. Her home is Great Falls, Montana, where they've had their first snowfall of the season. She loves photography, her dogs, kayaking, and flowing water. Thanks for stopping by, Sherry.
- Leslie Alpen. I did not see a blog listed. If you'd like recognition for your blog, please let me know what it is and I'll be glad to add it.
- Cheeseheads4theroad: Donna who has no blog listed as I don't think she's writing one yet. Her interests include travel, camping, reading, quilting, crocheting, scrap-booking and spending time with her grandkids.
- Marie and Ivan of ExtendingOurHappilyEverAfter. Full-time RVing intrigues them and they have looked at 5th wheels. They consider themselves science nerds, love music, theater, lecture series and photography.
|Tower of History Museum|
|Museum Ship Valley Camp|
|Did someone say something about camp?|
|Taconite = iron ore pellets (makes it easy to ship)|
|Inside the ship|
|Emergency safety block|
|Ladder on a chain|
|Dials and gauges|
|Huge steel door to outside|
|Where we've been hanging out.|
|I.D. of different types of ships on the Great Lakes|
|250 HP Kahlenberg engine out of the tug Owen Frederick|
|Hydraulic cylinder used to open and close |
St. Marys Falls Canal (Soo Locks)
|36' motor lifeboat|
|Edmund Fitzgerald lifeboat No. 2|
|Severely damaged heavy-duty sea buoy|
|History of the Edmund Fitzgerald|
|A portion of the shipwrecks on Lake Superior before 1975|
|The upper deck, looking at cargo holds for taconite or grain|
|Bob on the deck to the left.|
|Looking over the deck from the pilothouse|
|The Valley Camp superstructure.|
|Dining hall for officers and guests|
|Mess hall for crew is small so they had to eat in shifts|
|The St. Lawrence River from the Atlantic to Lake Ontario|
|Colorful poster of lighthouses|
Below are gates that can be lowered into the Power Canal to stop the flow of water to the canal in case they need to work on the power plant.
When we finished our explorations we ate at Taco Bell for a late lunch, filled up one tank of propane, and put diesel in the Ford. All tanks were full.
Bob dropped me off at the 5th wheel, then he went to the Soo Locks again to watch three more ships go through. At the locks, Bob talked (or should I say listened) to a man who goes out to the locks all the time. The guy was a wealth of information about the locks.
Bob snapped a photo of one of the ships coming through the locks with a rainbow behind it. [Looks like a window reflection caused part of the ship to be a different color.]
Gina, Bob was very grateful for the scarf you made for him. It was frickin' cold out there in the exposed wind watching the ships!
When Bob returned from the locks, we had a date to eat dinner at the Casino's deli, then see the free comedians they have on Thursday nights. Dinner was good. The two comedians sucked big time.
We each had $10 of casino credits to play because we joined their rewards program. I didn't win anything. Bob won about $50. Almost every machine he touched gave him money. LOL. It was his lucky night.
The RV sites at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino are $10 per night for an electric-only hookup. We made out pretty well.
All for tonight.
Travel Bug out.