Muskegon, MI to Sault Ste Marie, MI., Locks, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
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After 3 days in Muskegon, I drove up the east shore of Lake Michigan expecting a beautiful view of the Lake and the little towns on the way. Unfortunately the whole drive was in rain and heavy fog so I saw nothing but the road. Located the Lodge with no problem thanks to my GPS which I love and depend on all of the time. The Lodge is located right on the edge of the river connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The Sault Ste Marie locks were only about one mile up stream of where I was camped and the river traffic with huge ore carriers was constant with 10-20 passing me daily. What a site!
The weather when I got there was cold raw and windy but I could not wait to see the locks so off I went. I froze while watching a 1000 foot ship transit the locks.
Just up from the Elks, they have an old retired ore carrier, the Valley Camp, transformed into a great museum. The story of the Edmund Fitzgerald disaster was well told in a short movie there along with much history about shipping on the lakes. Across the street was the Tower of History which from the top gave wonderful views of the locks, river and the city.
Took a nice drive west along the southern side of Lake Superior up to Whitefish Point to visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Along the lakeshore were many pulloffs which lead to nice small sandy beaches. The population along this drive was very small with a few summer cottages but few full time residences.
My visit in Sault Ste Marie was great and it is an area that should be seen.
Summary: Elk Lodges: 50; Escapee RV parks: 26; Public RV Parks: 41; National Parks: 55; Ships: 17; Forts: 28.
Expenses: 47 months on the road with an average of $1960/month.