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Soo Locks – Sault Ste. Marie

We stayed at the Soo Locks Campground in Sault Ste. Marie. A well-run campground right on the river. We had a great site.

While there, we visited the Locks and saw many boats go through them. There are 2 active locks on the USA side and 1 on the Canadian. There were 4 on the American side, but they are currently removing locks 3&4 and replacing them with another huge lock capable of handling the 1,000 foot ships.

We had lunch at the Antlers Restaurant. The name is an understatement. There were hundreds of animal mounts and antlers. The food was very good.

We took the Famous Locks Boat Tour to go through the locks. We first went through the smaller MacAurther lock on the USA side then went to the Algoma Steel Works on the Canadian side to come back. On the tour, we passed the

Famous Soo Locks Boat Tour

We visited the Tower of History, a tall, concrete tower with great views. We also went to the Museum Ship Valley Camp which is a cargo ship converted into a 20,000 square foot museum.

We also watched a 1,000 x 105 foot ship go through the Poe lock. The lock is only 110 feet wide, so the ship had to go very slow.

1,000-foot ship through the Poe Lock
780-foot ship passes while we enjoy a campfire.

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Pictured Rocks

We stayed at Pictured Rocks RV Park in Christmas, Michigan for 4 nights. A very new campground with great amenities and very well run. While there, we enjoy our first Pasties. They are very good. We had a flight of beer at By George Brewery.

We took the Pictured Rocks Cruise. This was a 32-mile round trip. We viewed brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves and many rock formations. The trip took 3 hours and traveled 32 miles round trip.

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Camp Site Upgrades

Over the week, Barry and I made some major upgrades to the site.

We built one tank of an 8 foot picnic table. it is built out of 2×6 green treat boards; it must weigh 350 pounds. We needed to use the skidster to move it!

Then we built a retaining wall because the hill is so slopped. We also wanted a nice place to sit; it is the perfect height.

Finally, we built a fire ring below the wall, and finished the area with some edging and stone.

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Heading West to Illinois

After the caravan ended, Pam and I started to head back west to Illinois where we will spend about a week before heading to Milwaukee for an Airstream rally.

On our first day of travel, we drove through West Virginia and made it to Gallia County Jr. Fair Campground (293 Miles). This is a typical fair ground camping in a large grass field (with hookups) for $30. A big storm rolled in, so we were grateful there were no trees.

On our second day of travel, drove to Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette, Indiana (322 miles). This is a very new campground, and the sites were great for with full hookups in site 164. A bit expensive for a state park $30 + $9.60 in taxes + $10 for a 1-time entrance fee = $50.60 for 1 night.

On our third day, we stopped by Airstream of Chicago to look at a trailer they have. While there, we met the GM of travel trailer for Airstream – Bryan Melton. How cool is that.

We stayed at Sycamore RV Resort in Sycamore, IL for a few nights. This was a good find. It is run by Dale and Anita. It has 2 manmade lakes from an old gravel pit. The sites are nice and the walks around the lakes are great.

Finally, we made it to Lowden Memorial State Park in Oregon, IL. We are here for 4 nights and will meet up with Carolyn and Jeff (Pam’s Sister and Brother in-law). This park is cut into the woods and our site (64) is huge. Oregon is a cute down, where Pam bought soap at Oregon Soap Shoppe and we had lunch at Ogle County Brewery and stopped by the Oregon Dam Park.

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