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Soo Locks

I mentioned in my post about our time in Mackinaw City that I became somewhat obsessed with ships sailing around the Great Lakes. Well the best place to see ships up close and personal is at Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie.

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Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City

I’m not sure when I learned the correct pronunciation of Mackinac, but at one time I pronounced it like it looks. However, for those of you who may not know, it’s pronounced like Mackinaw which is the name of the city where we stayed while visiting the area.

We stayed at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground in Mackinaw City which is now one of my new favorite campgrounds. It is just over the Mackinac Bridge on the lower peninsula of Michigan, on beautiful Lake Huron.

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Manistique, Michigan

Our first stop in Michigan was at beautiful Manistique Lakeshore Campground on Lake Michigan. This campsite was definitely in our list of top 5 best sites we’ve ever had. This was our yard for 2 weeks and it was heavenly!

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The North Shore of Minnesota

After driveway surfing in Wisconsin we headed back into Minnesota up to the North Shore.  We stayed at Burlington Bay Campground in Two Harbors right on Lake Superior.  Do you see a Fat Cat on the fence?


She’s easier to see close up.


Lake Superior is amazing!  I swear this seems so much more like the ocean to me than a lake.  It’s enormous and on windy days the waves were just as big as ocean waves.




One evening we went to visit beautiful Gooseberry Falls State Park, and enjoyed riding the bike trails.







We heard that when you’re in Two Harbors you must stop and try Betty’s Pies.  So after walking and biking around Gooseberry Falls we stopped there for dinner and dessert.  Delicious!


Another evening we checked out Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.  Wow, this was absolutely gorgeous!





We also enjoyed walking the trail across the street from our campground.  I loved watching the waves crash against the rocks!


That’s our home back there, parked in between several other homes with a view.


We found a nice playground down the street for my little monkey.


On Saturday my boss and his wife and daughter came up to visit us for the day.  We went back to Gooseberry Falls with them.  It was a lot colder that day than when we went earlier in the week, but lots of fun to enjoy this with Mike and his family.  They have been here many times before and were able to show us around to other areas of the park that we missed when we went the first time.  It’s always nice to have locals to show us around!





We got to see an eagle on the trail!


I’m so glad we took this trip up to the North Shore.  It was a little out of our way since we were on a tight timeline to get to North Carolina by mid-October, but it was worth it.  Such a beautiful area and definitely a place I would like to go back to again when we have more time.

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