It is a straight drive up to the Locks. Beautiful farm country with hundreds of acres of hay that had been baled.
We stopped at a country inn and I ordered a veggie omelet. The thing covered my plate along with home-made wheat toast. We have half of in the refer now. Back on I-75 N we came to Sault St. Marie.
Funny how life's little quirks change things. I came close to getting orders to Sault St. Marie while in the USAF, but instead got orders to Kirksville, Mo. where we met life long friends. Those Missouri Farmers are great folk, Sault is nice but I wouldn't trade the Conrad's friendships for the Locks.
Anyway here we went directly to the dock for the Lock tours. Looking across St. Mary's river you see the Canadian City of Sault St. Marie.
The Tug is now going to pass us. We are a pleasure boat, they are going to work.
My girl looking out as we head back to the dock.
I'm so good looking I insist that she take my picture. I love being around ships, amazing this is fresh water, but the bodies of water are so big you would think they are salt water.
Note this big gal, she is 730 feet long and headed for the locks. YOu will see her in again.
Our skipper is a lady and did a great job.
Looking at the shore line (USA side) there is an RV park if we had known about thsi ploace we could have made this home for a few days.
Okay we have now walked over to the locks and
the gates are closed. This is out of sequence.
They were closing. so the water could come to the level of the photo above. (OUT of sequence)
The Superior end opened and the tugs came in bringing someone's floating house that is built on a small barge. A two story house. Note how high they sit.
Now with the water drained from the tank into the Lake Huron side they are barely visable.
There they go leaving the dock. They have came from Lake Superior which is 21 feet higher than they are now. The Lock was drained into Huron in less than 12 minutes and they are on their way. Pretty house huh?
Now take a look at the next photo. It is the ship I referred to a few pictures above that was headed for the locks. It is 730 feet long. She is there you just can make her out.
Now about 18 minutes later there she sits, 21 feet higher and you can't miss her now. She is headed out into St. Mary's river and headed for Superior.
This was an amazing trip for us, we have seen smaller locks but this was a great day trip. The locks pass More than 11,000 vessels a year.