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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Michigan Trip | Soo Locks and Tahquamenon Falls

We spent the 4th of July doing very un-fourth things.  We got as close to out-of-the-country as you can get, watching a ship come through the locks at Sault Ste Marie, then took a scenic byway along the Superior coastline to get to Tahquamenon (rhymes with phenomenon) Falls. 

The ship coming through the docks. We were almost certain it was going to hit the building...

but somehow it was able to go around it and into the docks. The boat was 1000 feet long (picture 3 football fields) and carries iron ore. It had to be raised 21 feet to go out the other side.

After the locks, we chose to take the scenic route along Lake Superior, which to our surprise actually was a scenic byway. We stopped at this lighthouse, where we were able to climb to the top of the tower.

Shortly after stopping by the lighthouse, we stopped by a picnic spot and had some PB&H(oney) sandwiches. 
The picnic spot was on the shore of Lake Superior, which by far was a better beach than those at Sleeping Bear. Ian had to search for a rock to throw in. It was the sandy beaches we had envisioned (but e coli was high, so we didn't get in).

I did write our name and Darrin obliged by snapping this picture.

We made our way to Tahquamenon Falls. Darrin rowed us out to the center island in the middle of the lower falls. 

One of the falls making up the lower falls.

Tried to get them all looking at the camera... failed.

Playing with my shutter speed at one of the lower falls (same fall as pictured above).

Turns out it was okay to get in the water (which looked like root beer thanks to something seeping into the water from the trees are rooted in the swamps that feed into the river).  We didn't partake, but LOTS of people did. Some stood right in the falls.

Annaliese helped us row back to shore.

Her main form of travel, unless she was running to chase after Ian.  Darrin was such a good daddy, carrying her up all 94 steps at the upper falls.

The upper falls, the 3rd largest fall east of the Mississippi (according to wiki).  I was surprised we couldn't feel the spray where we were standing.. 

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

You headed north as we headed south! The falls and Lake Superior are on my "someday soon" list, they both look lovely.