Day 12 - Escanaba, MI to Iron Bridge, ON- Canada

Trip Start Jul 09, 2009
Trip End Sep 29, 2009

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Well we left Escanaba and headed for the Canadian border !! A man on the way said to definitely check out the American Sault St. Marie locks as they handle the huge freighters and it is impressive to see locks rise 30 feet with massive tankers in them. He was right ! We were so fascinated and stayed for a long time watching them go up and down and through !! Our side is mostly for pleasure craft and so they are smaller and not so frequent ! What is up with 2 Sault St. Marie's - one American and one Canadian ?? I am thinking couldn't we be more original - it is the same at Niagara Falls ! Anyway, There is and must be a reason - I just do not know what it is yet ! As we left OUR Sault St Marie we got our first glimpse of the Canadian shield. It is a lot of trees. Not huge ones - 20 ft tall perhaps - just forever trees and LOTS of mosquitoes !! The lakes are the kind that have that dark thick fluid look. You could imagine the voyageurs paddling their canoes up these lakes and rivers. They have a mysterious look to them. You know the saying "Never let a good crisis go to waste". Well outside of Iron Bridge ON we had our first crisis. Both belts blew up in the engine ! I say blew up because it sounded like a tire blown and there was hardly a strip left of them ! We were driving along a long stretch of unpopulated highway but as per usual we were taken care of ! Bob pulled over to the side and there was a driveway ! By the way, there was no shoulder to this highway ! I called AAA (NEVER leave home without that !) and the nice man from the house came out and let us park across his drive beside the ditch. The tow truck guy came out and said he would be out the next day if we could sit tight for the night and an elderly man across the road pulled up and told Bob to have the kids walk down his little dirt road and he had a cottage on the lake. Well, as we couldn't go anywhere - I thought why not ? The kids and I hoofed in down this tiny, murky 1/4 mile drive to come upon the most delightful sparkling lake and shore with the cutest elderly couple ever ! Her name was Isabelle and I liked her immediately and she reminded me of my great aunt who was also Isabelle ! The man was so sweet and took the kids out canoeing and they swam and layed on the dock ! It was truly making the best of a bad situation and the kids had been begging for canoeing ! We went back in time for dark to the minnie winnie and had a late supper. It is hardly a bad deal when you are laid up in your RV - In fact it was better than Walmart ! 
posted by Tracy 
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