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...
We went to Chummy's Grill...a popular spot on the Batchewana First Nations Reservation that Lisa and Dave go to often.
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...