Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (Glenview Cottages and Campground, Sault Ste Marie, ON)

Not a very exciting day today I'm afraid...it was chore day. I did laundry and baked some mini-muffins while Steve drained the tanks then flushed the black tank. Then he finished up editing pictures and researched our trip down to Michigan next week. We are going down to visit friends in Northport and on the way back, we're going to spend a couple of days exploring Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island.

After lunch, with the laundry done, we headed into town to get one of our propane tanks topped up...just wanting to ensure there is plenty of propane for the fridge for the week. Once back, I got to work on updating our blog posts while Steve put the propane tank away. We also decided to hitch up to the truck...one less thing to do in the morning.

While I was working on the blog, Steve headed out for a walk to explore the campground. The hot tub...
...sauna...
 ...and the pool...
Horseshoe pits and volley ball court...
Never got a chance to explore the trail ...
 There are 2 streets with cabins...
 At the far end of the campground there are more cabins...

The campground sits between both sets of cabins...a playground for the kids...
Most of the sites appear to be about 100' long...
Surprisingly it's not very busy here.

Well...that's it for now. We will be dropping the fifth-wheel off at Christies RV in the morning and then heading south into Michigan. It's been a couple of years since we last saw Dennis and Charlene. We used to visit them a couple of times each winter at Midland LTVA just north of Blythe, California. Unfortunately for us, they don't go to Blythe anymore...so we're glad to have the opportunity to visit them.

Monday, July 9, 2018 (Glenview Cottages and Campground, Sault Ste Marie, ON)

We had a very lazy start to the day. Steve tried to find an RV dealer who stocked the thermister for our fridge...not one stocks it...but they will order one in for us if we want. Sheesh! That is when "plan b" formulated. The biggest and most popular dealer, Christies RV, said that the part would be in Wednesday, so Steve asked if we could leave the trailer there for a week while we take a trip down to Michigan to see friends. Turns out, they said yes...will install the termister when it comes in and monitor the fridge to see if that was the problem. If not, they will continue with diagnosis and (hopefully) it will be fixed upon our return next week.

After that, Steve sat with the laptop, editing pictures from the last 2 days of driving. I putzed around doing a little of this and that.

Dave and Lisa picked us around 3:30 to take us on a little tour of the city. They...and Lisa's sister, Leonie and husband, Armand, were the first folks we met as we headed east in our first year on the road (we only made it as far as Niagara Falls that year before heading south). That was 8  years ago (in September) and we all still stay in touch! We have seen Leonie and Armand in Arizona a couple of times and one year, all 4 of them came out to Quartzsite for a visit. We were hoping to be able to get together with all 4 of them this trip, but unfortunately we missed Armand and Leonie...they have gone to visit their granddaughter. Oh well...hopefully we can connect down in Arizona this winter.

We went to Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site where you can still see boats rise gently from Lake Huron to Lake Superior, bypassing the St. Marys River Rapids in the recreational lock.

The original Sault Ste. Marie Canal and lock opened in 1895. It was the world’s longest lock and the first to be powered by electricity. Though the historic lock closed more than two decades ago, the original lock gate machinery is still used in the new lock and interpreters/guides will be on hand to share its history. Built inside the original historic lock chamber, the recreational lock opened in 1998 and is available for all pleasure watercraft from kayaks and sailboats to tour boats and yachts.
1 Canal Drive building...
Inside the Visitors Centre...top of the photo the black lettering says "You are here" The locks on the Canadian side are no longer used by freighters. The bottom of the photo shows the locks on the US side in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan that can handle the 1000' freighters.
Model showing how the lock works...



Lisa, Dave and me...
Looking from the above walkway towards Lake Superior...
Looking from the walkway towards Lake Huron....
Back of the 1 Canal Drive building...Love the architecture. There's an old pulp mill nearby with much larger buildings built like this.
Looking towards downtown Sault Ste Marie and Lake Huron...25' below...
Looking at the lock doors from the Lake Huron side...
Above the lock doors looking towards downtown...
Where's that tour boat?
The tent in the distance is the Roberta Bondar Park, born here, she was Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space...
A tour boat was due to come through the locks...but it wouldn't be for another 45 minutes, so we all got back in the car and headed for a drive through the city and checked out another park...
The bridge to Sault Ste Marie, Michigan in the distance...
We were back 45 minutes later...and we had just missed it! Sheesh! Oh well, the fellows at the centre said there will be another one coming through at 7:00...okay, we'll be back. We'll go for dinner in the meantime.

We went to Chummy's Grill...a popular spot on the Batchewana First Nations Reservation that Lisa and Dave go to often.
There were very cool wood carvings everywhere inside...these are just a couple of them.

We had a great dinner...see the size of Steve's burger and fries?! My chef's salad was also huge! The food was excellent and the company great! Great pick Dave and Lisa!
With our tummies full, we headed back to the locks, arriving well before 7:00 for our third visit. Steve took more pictures of the historic site...


Wow, that's a big butterfly valve!


Steve went up on the roof top of one of the buildings and took 5 pictures, stitching them together...this is the result. No the canal does not curve like that!
While the rest of us wait patiently for any sign of a tour boat coming through the locks...
Nope...there doesn't appear to be a 7 pm boat like we were told...
By 7:15 we had given up hope of a boat coming through...3rd strike! Oh well, it is a beautiful area and we certainly got lots of information on the history of the canal and locks.

Before heading home, they drove us up to the top of a hill where you can get a view of the city and the steel mill...it is huge! The trees are really starting to block the views though...
The other half of the steel mill is out of view from the trees...
Back at the campground, Dave and Lisa came in and we continued our visit for a while longer. It was going on 9:00 when, with big hugs, they said goodbye. It was absolutely wonderful seeing you both again! Thanks for your hospitality...the tour and dinner were perfect!


Sunday, July 8, 2018 (Travel to Glenview Cottages and Campground, Sault Ste Marie, ON)

Day 2...and a much prettier and scenic drive as we were going around Lake Superior. After a noisy night with little sleep at the Husky Truck Stop, we were up bright and early and on the road shortly after 7:30...it was a cloudy day.

We weren't far out of Nipigon when we hit road construction...no big deal, it was Sunday...
Jackfish River....
Karma Point...quite a peninsula that juts out into Lake Superior...


Gravel River...







Steel River...


Little Pic River...


Just past Marathon, Steve saw this small black bear in the ditch ahead...I just managed to get a quick picture as we drove by...
Black River...
Rouse Lake...

Bridge over White Lake Narrows...
View to the right as we cross the bridge....
White River...
Home of Winnie The Pooh...
Depew River...

South White River...
Hammer Lake...
Fungus Lake (hmmm...don't think I'll swim in it!)...
Desolation Lake...

Black Trout Lake...
Magpie River...
Michipicoten River...
Lake Superior Provincial Park is one of the largest provincial parks in Ontario, covering about 1,550 square kilometres (600 sq mi) along the northeastern shores of Lake Superior between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa in Northeastern Ontario.
Nice beaches...
Old Woman River...

Sand River...



Speckled Trout Creek...


Montreal River...




Batchawana Bay...



Popular spot on a sunny Sunday afternoon...


Whitecaps on the lake...



Goulais River...


Sault (funny way of spelling "Soo") Ste Marie!
We had planned to split today's drive into 2 shorter travel days but being on the road so early, we decided just to carry on right though...although it made it a gruelling 7 hour drive for Steve.

We almost missed the entrance to Glenview Cottages and Campground...it sneaks up on you just past a curve in the road and there is not much signage visible from the road (this picture is taken later coming from the opposite direction)...

After registering...$42.30 + tax/night (with Good Sam Discount)...we made our way passed the cottages to the campground and site 48. The pull through sites are long (100') with water, sewer and 30 amp power....in a rustic setting. Nothing fancy here but it's nice...the only drawback is that the highway is close. It also has a good wifi connection (included), as well as laundry, a pool and sauna and hot tub.
We're looking forward to a few nights here, especially after 2 long travel days.