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Upper Peninsula, Soo Locks, Canada eh? Back to USA, all today!

Today we headed north, over the Mackinaw bridge (5 miles long!) between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, up to Sault Saint Marie to see the Soo Locks. (We left the RV at a campground on the way.)
The locks connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron, so we saw 3 of the great lakes today! Having grown up in Ohio along what was the Erie Canal and hearing about locks, it was very cool to see some in action. We watched ships come in from Lake Superior, the lock locked, the water lowered 21 feet, the lock unlocked, and off they went into Lake Huron (safely avoiding the falls). The water fell and rose pretty quickly, but calmly (much to the kids’ dismay as they preferred the water rush in!). We read about it, watched a short movie about it, then saw it live. Nothing beats that kind of education!
Before and after. The boats are still there, just 21 feet down. :)You can still see these 2 a little easier, the top anyway. Then, simply because we could, we went over the International Bridge into Canada. Have passports, will travel - or at least have dinner so we can say we visited another country. The kids were surprised that it looked like the US and that everyone spoke English. :)
Then back to the RV for a movie and sleep, and we’ll be off again tomorrow. I’m not exactly sure where, but we’re finally once again headed WEST!! We’ll spend at least a few days in the upper peninsula of Michigan. I guess all the cool kids call it the UP. :)
Oh, we also stopped at a ranger station and the kids got some fun Smokey the Bear stuff. Remember, only YOU can prevent a forest fire. :)


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