Small town, USA
Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
253Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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Since the Corps is responsible for building & maintaining dams, levees and locks almost all of their parks are located on or near the water. I like it here and am always my happiest in these type of campgrounds. I will gladly give up fullhookups any day for the opportunity to be 'in nature', so to speak!
As I mentioned, it has been raining. Quite a bit actually. We feel like we haven't really experienced a summer yet. We also seem to have missed Spring. It has been unusually wet every where we have gone these past few months. Not typical weather, we have been assured.
Because of the weather our first days sightseeing involved indoor sights.
After our tour we spent some time visiting with our tour guides - both long time employees who retired from the company years ago. Seems their wifes had signed them up to be tour guides to get them out of the house!! Nice guys, one of them actually stopped off at the coach later in the day to drop off a couple of trees....
By Saturday the sun had finally decided to come out. We didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to do some outdoor sightseeing and headed down the road to Hill Annex Mine State Park. Located just a short 16 miles from Grand Rapids this was one of the largest and most productive steel mines in the country.
The mine opened in 1907 and closed in 1978. The mines most productive years coincided with WWII in which they supplied the ore for armaments from ships to tanks. There is still iron ore here, they just don't have the ability to mine it in a cost effective way. Rest, assured someone will figure out a way to do it, probably in the near future. The park contains a museum as well as a guided 1 1/2 hour bus tour. Both very interesting and worthwhile if you should ever find yourself in the area.
One last thing. Travelpod allows us to attach websites to entries - yet another plus to our new choice of blog. If you want to learn more about Grand Rapids and the sites we've visited, as well as the ones we haven't you can click on this link: www.visitgrandrapids.com It's the one I used to learn about the area.
Where I stayed
Pokegama Dam Corp of Engineers Campgound - $24 a nite for 50 amp only