Monday, August 3, 2020

Soo Locks, the Mighty Mac, and a Lumberjack Show

We finished our tour through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with a boat tour of the Soo Locks in Sault St. Marie.

We went though the American locks and watched as the water level started out at Lake Huron levels.

The closed the gates on both ends.

Then they filled the lock at a rate of a million gallons a minute and rose the water 21 feet to Lake Superior levels.

On the way back, they went through the locks on the Canadian side. We took a photo to commemorate Kai entering a new country.

After we got back, we drove down to the Mackinac Bridge. Before crossing, we stopped to take a picture on the Upper Peninsula side.

And then after crossing took another photo on the Lower Peninsula side.

After we checked in to our motel, Kai took a short swim in Lake Huron. (Correction: I originally had that this was Lake Michigan). You can see the Mackinac Bridge in the background.

For dinner, we drove into Mackinaw City and had fish & chips again.

After dinner we went to the Jack Pine Lumberjack Show.

Two lumberjacks competed in a variety of events.

The log rolling competition was a crowd favorite.

Both lumberjacks were very talented to be able to do all of the different events.

After the show, we went back into town for dessert. Mackinac Island is known for their fudge so we had to try some.

Kai and I loved it but my wife thought it was too sweet and rich for her taste.

Back at the motel, we sat outside by a fire pit and enjoyed the aftermath of the sunset.

When we crossed the Mighty Mac, the Upper Peninsula portion of our trip had ended.

We had traveled from nearly the western end of Lake Superior to the eastern tip and enjoyed it immensely.

Now we have entered the final phase of our vacation.


  1. I used to watch lumberjack competitions on TV as a child. I didn't know they still did them.

    There you go...a beautiful sunset. What a way to enjoy one...a sit by the water next to a fire pit. There is no better way to end a day.

    1. I remember those lumberjack competitions on ABC's Wide World of Sports. It was fun to see one live. According to the emcee, the guys we saw are two of only around 30 who can perform all of the different events at that level.

      We got back for the sunset a little late, but still got to see the sky lit up afterward.


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