We can see the water from our rig and have enjoyed the reflected color of sunset on its mirror-like surface.
The ducks are all done raising their families, and seem to be just hanging out and enjoying the summer too. Speaking of the season, the weather has been delightful, 70s in the afternoons and "sleeping cool" at night.
I have never noticed this kind of water flowers before, but they made an interesting design in the sunset reflection.
Amazingly, this was the actual color of the water, in the opposite direction from the sunset.
Going back a few days, we rounded the top of Lake Superior, and returned to the USA at Sault Sainte Marie. We stayed at the Soo Locks RV park for four nights.
The above picture was taken from a boat on the Saint Mary's River. Although we were not backed up against the river, we had a clear view of it from our dining table windows. We also took our chairs riverside, and joined the other campers watching the giant lake freighters and ocean-going ships go by, as they made their way between Lake Huron and Lake Superior using the Soo Locks.
There is a great observation deck next to the Visitor Center that overlooks the two American Locks. Lake Superior is 21 feet higher than Lake Huron, and before the locks were built, the river boiled over a massive rapids as it went from one lake to the other. Now the water is controlled by the locks, leaving only smaller rapids on one side. We watched as a very long freighter entered from the Lake Superior side, then was then lowered to the Lake Huron level by letting water out of the lock.
[From Craig] The neat thing about locks is that they never have to pump water. If the water in the lock is low and they want it to be high, they just let water in from the high side. If the water in the lock is high and they want it to be low, they just let water out on the low side.
In addition to watching the ships from the RV Park and the Visitor Center, we took the Soo Locks Boat Tour.
It is aways interesting to hear about the history and the various buildings along a water front.
The Cloverland Hydroelectric building was fascinating.
The repeated images of lighthouses in the stonework were great.
One of the smaller boats we saw was this little red tug. Craig and I remembered a children's book we had both enjoyed as children.
Our tour included a trip through the locks. We went upriver through one of the American locks.
No toll or other charge is made to any boat going through the locks.
After coming through the lock the tour went a little way upriver, under the International Bridge, and into Canadian waters.
The three main ingredients for steel production are limestone (the large white pile), coal, and taconite (a pellet of refined iron ore) are all brought in by ships to this Canadian steel mill and to other mills in Michigan and Indiana.
I would love to see the inside workings of one of these mills, but this trip was just included a short view from the river.
The urban areas on both sides of the river are called Sault Sainte Marie. The population on the Canadian side is 75K. The population on the American side is around 13K. The difference is due to the lack of business and industry on the American side. We observed numerous empty buildings.
All of the large freighters come through the American locks because the older Canadian lock is too small. It are used by pleasure boats and smaller commercial vessels.
Our tour came through the Canadian locks on the return to the Lake Huron side where we started.
As with the picture of the ship in the lock taken when we were at the Visitor Center, it was difficult to get a picture of the really long ships as they passed our campground.
This was one of the much smaller ones. More than 20 ships, large and small, go through the locks every day. When camping riverside, you don't have to wait very long for the next one to glide by. We will be returning to Sault Sainte Marie after going down to see Mackinaw Island, and I'm sure I will be taking more ship pictures then.
We saw some Cranes in a field on Wednesday. I am including a picture of this one in memory of a dear friend and fellow blogger, Judy Bell.
I am feeling very sad.
Tuesday I learned she had passed away over the weekend. Judy hung up her RV keys a few years back and has been living full time at Jojoba Hills. I do not know the details of her passing, but I do know she had some health issues in the last few years.
Judy was an inspiration to me. She traveled solo, and volunteered at wildlife reserves throughout the country. She was an honest and down-to-earth lady, and a wonderful photographer.
I will never take a bird picture without thoughts of Judy's excellent work which she posted on her blog Travels with Emma.
May her spirit roam free and soar with the birds she so loved.
I will miss you Judy.