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Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco Skyline as seen from the Marin Headlands - California

Friday, May 30, 2014

The SOO Locks–Sault Ste. Marie–Michigan and Ontario Canada

The Soo Locks raise and lower ships 21 feet between

Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and are located on the St Mary’s River

between Sault Ste Marie Michigan, and Sault Ste Marie Ontario

International Bridge as viewed from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada

with the International Bridge spanning the St Mary’s River between the two. . .

The Canadian border crossing was the typical. . .

so. . .you’re from Texas. . .why are you here. . .

do you have guns. . where are your guns. . .don’t you travel with  guns?

hand back the passports. . .have a nice day. . .off we go!

Canadian Coast Guard Cutter - we had lunch at the Galaxy Mall in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

I had researched TripAdvisor before we headed over. . .

nothing extremely captivating. . .but we did explore this boardwalk,

located at the park across the street from the mall. . .

Dave caught this fortuitous shot of the Canadian Coast Guard

with the Boardwalk and the Mall in the background. . .nice!

Soo Locks, Sault Ste Marie MI, Michigan, Ontario, Canada (46)

another thing on the TripAdvisor List. . .

Coast Guard Cutter in the Soo Locks

my favorite thing of the day was watching this

Coast Guard Cutter go through the locks

viewing platform located at the Soo Locks Visitor Center

from this observation tower at the Soo Locks Visitor Center. . .

located on the American Side of the Locks.

Soo Locks Visitor Center

and being able to see this aerial view of the locks,

also at the Visitor Center. . .

the four locks on the left are the American Soo Locks

Soo Locks, Michigan

with the Original Canadian Lock, completed in 1895. . .

closed in 1987, rebuilt and reopened in 1997

 

We learned a lot in the Soo Visitor Center. . .

if you go to the locks I recommend it more than

I recommend the Boat Tour. . .

For those of you interested here’s the album

Soo Locks Boat Tours

the Soo Canal Boat Tour. . .what can I tell you?

entering the lock

we went in the American Lock. . .

approaching the International Bridge from the water

they raised us up 21 feet to the level of Lake Superior. . .

inside the lock - the ship in the next lock over. . .almost raised to the River Level

there was a ship in the lock next to us. . .

that was interesting!

International Marker

we rode around Lake Superior for a bit. . .not much to see over there

the International Border Marker

Coke and Steel Plant. . .some of these rolls of steel weigh 40,000 lbs which is the same weight as our motorhome. . .

I found it interesting that some of these rolls of steel weigh 40,000 lbs,

which is approximately the same weight as our entire motorhome. . .unloaded, of course!

the Canadian Lock - water will be lowered 21 feet to get us to the same level as the St Mary River

back through the Canadian lock,

the Canadian Lock - water will be lowered 21 feet to get us to the same level as the St Mary River

which was rebuilt inside the frame of the original lock. . .

an original gate from 1895. . .no longer in operation

the Canadian Lock - water will be lowered 21 feet to get us to the same level as the St Mary River

a beautiful park alongside the Canadian Lock. . .

baby Canada Geesethe Canadian Lock - water will be lowered 21 feet to get us to the same level as the St Mary River

Canadian Lock entertainment. . .

the Canadian Lock - water will be lowered 21 feet to get us to the same level as the St Mary Riverthe Canadian Lock - water will be lowered 21 feet to get us to the same level as the St Mary River

they lowered us back down 21 feet to the level of the St Mary’s River

we went back to the boat dock. . .

DONE!

 

That’s what Dave and I decided. . .one and done. . .

we are horrible tourists. . .right?

 

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the locks in Seattle. . .

walking down along them, and reading all the signs. . .

and we enjoyed the locks on the Erie Canal in Ohio. . .

walking along them,

watching the boat traffic. . .reading the signs. . .

 

taking a boat tour through the locks. . .mmmm. . .not so much,

but if you think it’s something you would enjoy,

then by all means. . .please. . .you must. . .absolutely!

 

til next time,

Janice and Dave