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View from our room of a ship waiting to go through the...

Spectacle Lake - it was socked in by fog within moments of...

Iroquois Point Lighthouse

Naturally we climbed the tower

There were lots of narrow steps

Fog limited our view from the tower

The holes in these basalt rocks are from air pocekts in the...

The fog stayed with us for a while

Lake Superior is known for colorful agate rocks

Folks enjoying the beach at one of the many little parks

Unusual construction of Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Canada in the background

Tahquamenon Lower Falls

Another part of Tahquamenon Lower Falls

Boardwalk between overlooks - very pretty

Note the color of the water

And yet another part of Tahquamenon Lower Falls

Tahquamenon Upper Falls

Very powerful

That's a lot of steps


Sault Ste Marie, MI Our journey today took us along the edge of Lake Superior. We stopped at a number of overlooks and parks before reaching Iroquois Point Lighthouse. There we had a very nice talk with the docent before climbing up the 54 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The day had started with some pretty heavy fog and we were still experiencing it so there wasn’t much of a view. We had to take it on faith that Canada was just a short distance across the water. Our next major stop was Whitefish Point to see another lighthouse with a very different construction. The Whitefish Point Light is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. The present tower was built in 1861 during Abraham Lincoln’s administration. Whitefish Point is the eastern end of a notorious 80-mile stretch of shoreline from here west to Munising, MI, known ominously as Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. Of the 550 known major shipwrecks lying on the bottom of the lake, at least 200 of them are in the vicinity of Whitefish Point. The 1975 loss of the steamer Edmund Fitzgerald with her entire crew of 29 has become a world-wide legend. The wreck of the Fitzgerald lies just 15 miles NW of Whitefish Point. We ventured on to Tahquamenon Falls (rhymes with phenomenom). In Longfellow’s poem “The Song of Hiawatha”, Hiawatha built his canoe “by the rushing Tahquamenaw”. Tahquamenon consists of 5 sets of falls, 4 of which are called Lower Falls. The Upper Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, has a drop of nearly 50', is more than 200' across and has a water flow of more than 50,000 gallons per second. The Upper Falls has 2 boardwalks with stairs to viewing areas. We took the first one – 94 stairs – and thought we were doing okay. Then we attacked the second one. The sign said 116 steps down (but there were 117). They forgot to mention there was a walkway and then another 70 steps after that. Because we had also done the lighthouse, today we climbed up and down a total of 670 steps. Quite a day!

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