Weather forecast was 40% chance of rain. The rain found us for sure. We had rain showers off and on from Germfask all the way to Tahquamenon State Park. Because it was cold and windy, I wanted to eat lunch before we walked to the falls so there would be warmth and energy in my body. We had a very good lunch at the pub. I had their burger with fries and Bob had a whitefish fish and chips. Both of us had their home-brewed root beer. It was excellent and came with free refills!
|Tahquamenon Falls Brew Pub moose|
|Upper Tahquamenon Falls with a very high flow|
|Stippled leaf colors|
|Massive staircase to lower views and boardwalk|
|Upper Tahquamenon Falls from lower viewing area.|
|Easy parking at Upper Tahquamenon Falls|
|Peak of fall color season.|
|Left side of Lower Tahquamenon Falls|
|Right side of Lower Tahquamenon Falls|
|Falls on both sides of the island|
|Rapids and falls.|
|All about "rippling"|
|Downstream from Lower Falls|
|Don't forget to look up.|
|Lower Falls RV parking - we were the only RV.|
Bundled up tight, we walked across the parking lot to the casino registration desk to check in. On the way to registration, we stopped at a desk to get the casino rewards card. That gave each of us $10 Kewadin cash to spend in the casino and a coupon for free hotdogs at the deli. Plus every Thursday night they have a comedian in their theater, so we will go to that show tomorrow night. Once registered, we walked around and checked out the casino. It's beautiful. I'll take some pics of it tomorrow.
The time was 6:45 p.m. We drove into Sault Ste. Marie, found out the Visitor Center at the Soo Locks is open until 9 p.m., parked the truck, and wandered in. Our timing was spot on. Two big ships were just coming into the locks.
Braving the cold once again, we climbed up to the second level of the viewing platform to watch the ships go through the locks. The elevation change at the locks is 21'. Over 22 million gallons of water move through the Poe Lock every time a ship is raised or lowered!
The distance a ship travels from Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean is 2,342 miles. Duluth, Minnesota is the western most Atlantic seaport. The ships travel through four of the five Great Lakes and a series of rivers and locks on their journey. Just to go from Lake Huron to Lake Superior takes nine hours on the St. Marys River where they must navigate a series of tight turns. Can you believe it is still much, much cheaper to ship by boat than it is to use railroads or semi trucks?
|You can see the ship to the left of the building - low in the lock.|
|Superstructure of the ship in the second lock over.|
|Here is the ship in the lock closest to us|
|Army Corps of Engineers workers on the ground.|
|The ship entering the lock - about 432' long|
|The ship in the farthest lock rising rapidly|
|The ship next to us just about up|
|Up through the lock and on its way|
Iron ore is the main product shipped through the Great Lakes with a value of $500.4 billion per year. The second biggest product is coal. Other items shipped through the Great Lakes are salt, wheat, oats, etc.
When we finished at the Soo Locks Visitor Center it was pouring rain so we ran to the truck. We then drove up and down the street to find a place for dinner and decided on Moloney's Alley Irish Pub. Very nice place with good food.
Now we are back at the 5er warming up. Time for some sleep. Tomorrow we plan to visit a maritime museum that is inside an old freighter.
'Til then, nighty night.
Travel Bug out. (Can you believe it? I'm all caught up!)