Bar Harbor – Part II

August 14 – August 16, 201620160814_093523Sunday August 14, 2016 – We had reservations for a Whale Watching cruise at 8:30 with our new friends Colleen and Frank Marzigliano.  Trenton is about 30 minutes from the Harbor in Bar Harbor. It was about 60 degrees and foggy with a slight wind. We were dressed in blue jeans and long sleeves with jackets in the back pack. About 10 minutes into our ride to the Harbor, I got an email that the cruise had been cancelled due to the fog and lack of visibility.  So Cliff said “I’m not wearing the blue jeans all day, I have not had on a pair of pants since April”. So we turned around so he could change back into shorts.  We checked with Colleen and Frank and they were more than half way to Bar Harbor.  So we decided to meet for breakfast and then decide what to do.20160814_112649We went to get our refund and the clerk said he could put us on the 1:00 cruise.  He also said that the temperature is about 20 degrees cooler out at sea and that we need long pants, jackets, hats, gloves, etc.  Well, now we have to buy some jackets.  We went in search and found some we all liked.  Another souvenir, Yeah!20160814_125740Before we took off, the captain said we would be motoring into a fog bank and if anyone was not comfortable with low visibility, they should get off now. He said the seas could be rolling.  I don’t think anyone got off.  It was foggy and hard to see anything.  The whole cruise was narrated, so it was very interesting. 20160814_131008Then we spotted some dolphins.20160814_131025Several of them playing.20160814_132807I hope you can see the baby swimming next to her mom in the forefront of the photo.20160814_140347The captain decided to move to another area of the sea, the fog lifted and the sun came out and we spotted our first whale.  A hump back whale.  My first time seeing a whale in the wild.  Very Cool.20160814_135947This was a mother and her calf.  The narrator even knew the name of this whale by the markings on the underside of her tail.20160814_140424The captain circled as long as they would come up.  Eventually, they moved on and we had to get back to the dock.  He hightailed it back too.  He had stayed out longer than usual so that we could experience the whales.20160814_142315It turned out to be a very exciting trip.20160814_152129And we about froze our buns off.  It was COLD. This is Colleen and Frank.  We had such a good time.  We got back about 4:00 and decided to go to Route 66 for an early dinner.  I laughed so hard, my sides hurt for 2 days after that.  Can’t wait to see you guys again soon.

Monday August 15, 201620160815_092823We decided to go to Canada today.  To get there, you go through Lubec, ME.20160815_084501Cute little fishing village.20160815_092839That is Canada.20160815_092848It was very foggy.  Looked like a picture of Maine.20160815_09292720160815_093200There was not much to see here.20160815_093819So we headed to Canada.20160815_09382220160815_093918Wait in line for border check.20160815_094446And here we are.20160815_095532This is what we came for, the Campobello International Park. run by the United States and Canada.  The first of only 2 International Parks in the world. Franklin D Roosevelt’s summer cottage.20160815_094206_001We got a map of the island from the visitor center.20160815_094651That is Lubec, ME from Canada.20160815_102024This is the Roosevelt’s summer cottage. Eleanor was allowed to visit the cottage whenever she wanted after it was sold. 20160815_102335Everything in the home was owned by the Roosevelt’s, except for the wallpaper.20160815_102753It was like they just walked away one day and left everything behind.20160815_10280920160815_10281220160815_103221They had a sign in each room telling you whose room it was.20160815_10321820160815_103405A Davis sewing machine.  I have never seen one.20160815_103519The Dining room20160815_103523The butler’s pantry.20160815_10353820160815_103546The kitchen20160815_103832The laundry room.20160815_104048The view from the back of the house.20160815_104113The back of the cottage.20160815_104426The dark things in the water in the background are Atlantic Salmon breeding nets.20160815_104421The New Brunwick’s salmon aquaculture industry began in 1978. Young salmon are raised from eggs in a freshwater hatchery and moved to the pens to grow into adults (8-11 lbs), which takes about 18 months. Framed with netting, each pen holds tens of thousands of fish. The harvested fish are processed locally and shipped world wide.20160815_111903East Quoddy Lighthouse20160815_111834This is as close as we could get.  You have to come at low tide to get there.20160815_112118Incoming tide rises 5 feet per hour.  You could be stranded for 8 hours.  You cannot wade or swim because that is extremely dangerous. If you want to see some really nice photographs of this area, check out RoadsLessTraveled.20160815_113215Cute houses on the island.20160815_113234The fog is beginning to lift.20160815_114756From Friar’s Head you can see the backyard of Roosevelt’s place. The clearing on the right.20160815_114916The Campobello Company was started by a group of businessmen from Boston and New York in 1881. They bought most of the island and their plan was to promote the island as a summer resort. They constructed large, luxurious hotels.  FDR came as a child.  They stayed in the hotel on the left in 1883. Called the Tyn-y-Coed (Welsh for “house in the woods”).20160815_114918Families came by private yacht, steamship or train.20160815_12013320160815_120607The Mulholland Point Lighthouse.  This is the one at the beginning of this post in the fog from Lubec. Built in 1885. Decommissioned in 1963. It was eventually sold to the Look Brothers, who donated it to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission in 1984.20160815_120301The International Bridge.20160815_121551Back to the Untied States. 20160815_123426West Quoddy Lighthouse. The Easternmost Point in the United States.20160815_124344We made it. I think it odd that the easternmost point is called the WEST Quoddy Lighthouse.20160815_124603It has turned out to be a beautiful day.20160815_125136We were at the tip.20160815_134532We stopped at Helen’s in Machias, ME.20160815_14223520160815_142240Cute place.

Tuesday August 16, 201620160816_173144The Timberland Acres RV Resort planned an outing to the Great Maine Lumberjack Show20160816_172856Flower Beds. 20160816_180140We went with our RV twins, Chuck and Debra from Texas.20160816_182535It rained off and on the whole show.  These guys never missed a beat.20160816_18255120160816_18314220160816_183736Timber Tina runs the show.  She is very funny and entertaining.  Her brother used to own the Lumberjack show in Pigeon Forge before he sold it to Dollywood.  She is very knowledgeable about the timber industry.  I highly recommend this show if you are ever in Trenton, Maine.20160816_183958Climbing the trees.20160816_18420420160816_18420920160816_18421120160816_184214This literally took seconds.  It was amazing.20160816_185457Log rolling. I have a video, but for some reason I cannot add it here.  I need to figure that out.20160816_19151120160816_192049It was very entertaining. A fun evening to end our stay near Bar Harbor.

Off to Wells Beach, Maine tomorrow.

Sault Ste. Marie

Tuesday May 21, 201620160531_085150The “Mighty Mac” as it is called in Michigan.  The Mackinac Bridge cost $4.00 each way to cross.  They are constantly working on this bridge.  The speed limit is 45 mph and if your truck is loaded, it is 20 mph.  The trucks move very slow across this bridge. This is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world. It spans the Straits of Mackinac and connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.  It was completed in 1957.  The bridge carries I-75  from Mackinaw City on the south to St.Ignace on the north.20160531_08522320160531_08523520160531_085313Half way across.  It is only 5 miles across, but seems a lot longer.

We are on our way to Sault Ste.Marie in the UP.  It is pronounced Soo St.Marie.  It was the first town in Michigan.  It is about an hour north of Mackinaw City.  It is between Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

We are going to take the Soo Locks Boat Tour.  The tour does not start until 1:00, so we went to find a place to eat and drove by Karl’s Cuisine as they were opening.20160531_104435The restaurant sits right across the street from the locks.20160531_10445020160531_100147We met Karl’s wife and had such a wonderful conversation.  The food was fantastic.  They use fresh and locally grown food.  They own their winery and make their own wine. I had… ELLIOT’S CHICKEN SPECIAL Our foodie son Elliot created this amazing sandwich, it’s a work of art. Sliced chicken breast, fresh mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil, Michigan dried cherries and peppercorn ranch.  It was wonderful.  Cliff had soup and half a reuben.  I also tried one of their wines, a Sauvignon Blanc called “This Old Wine”.  It was very good with a taste of peaches.20160531_101113They just remodeled in February and were still putting up art work on the walls.  The canvases are their wine labels.  Very clever.

20160531_112020A quick stop at the Tower of History.  Fast elevator ride to the top for a great view.20160531_11202420160531_111305A view of the St.Mary’s River.20160531_111309The long building on the right below is the Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant. More on that later.20160531_11132620160531_111413In the distance is a bridge that takes you to Canada.  In front of the bridge is the St. Mary’s Rapids.20160531_111523Oh, and there is Canada across the St. Mary’s River.20160531_111530Beautiful view from up here.20160531_110708This is the church next door.  Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church.  This is the oldest Catholic Church in Michigan.  The mission started in 1668.  The present structure was built in 1881.  There are only 2 churches in the country that are older than this one, one in St.Augustine and one in Santa Fe, NM.20160531_112057

20160531_115218The Soo Locks Boat Tour.They only do tours from May 15 –  October 15.  BECAUSE THE LAKES FREEZE OVER.  That seems so crazy to us.  This is a LOT of water.20160531_114655That is our tour boat.20160531_120550Really nice campground right on the water.  This is owned by the city.  Pretty Cool.  We would love to camp there someday.20160531_121000The Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant.  The construction was completed in 1902. The excavation of the hydro canal started in 1898.20160531_121040Check out the lighthouses on the facade.  The plant is constructed of steel and red sandstone. The stone was excavated from the power canal.

  • The hydro plant generates between 25 and 30 megawatts of electricity on average, or about 225 million kilowatt-hours, annually. It produces one-fifth of the power needs of the eastern Upper Peninsula.

20160531_121431That is the Tower of History from the River.20160531_121859The Soo Locks.20160531_12185020160531_122130Pulling into the lock on the Lake Huron side.20160531_122400The boat is tied off.20160531_122841Shutting the gates on the lower end.20160531_122922Lake Superior is only 21 feet higher than the lower Great Lakes.20160531_123456There it is.20160531_123832it only took about 15 minutes.20160531_123841The gates are opening on the upper side.20160531_124227Observation platform so people can watch as boats go through the locks.20160531_124427The International Highway Bridge.  The bridge to Canada.  See the darker color trusses up ahead?  The railroad tracks raise and lower in each section so the boats can go under. 20160531_124541This is a beautiful Assisted Living facility right on the St.Mary’s River.20160531_124721The one we are under is raised, of course and the one on the right is at normal height for the trains.  A train crosses these tracks about 4 times a day.20160531_124651Long bridge to Ontario Canada. The bridge connects two cities, Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste.Marie, Michigan.20160531_125918This is a self loading and unloading ship docked in Canada.20160531_13023920160531_131430This is Essar Steel Algoma, Inc.  This place is huge.  I have never seen anything like it.20160531_13144720160531_13150220160531_13171020160531_131920They take all of that stuff and make this.  Rolls of steel.  Only 2 per truck, they are that heavy.20160531_132048Approaching the Canadian Locks.20160531_13250820160531_132410This guy’s jet ski was decked out with fishing gear and he was videoing us with his GoPro.20160531_133043The Canadian Lock is much smaller and only for pleasure boats. No commercial ships can go through this side. This building is built of the red sandstone.20160531_13315620160531_133208It is hard to see, but that water is 21 feet below where we are.20160531_133948Lowering us down.20160531_134245We are now at the level of the lower Great Lakes.20160531_134706Canadian Coast Guard.20160531_134724One of the largest Crosses in Canada.20160531_134952Outdoor amphitheater on the water in Ontario.20160531_135032The Norgoma, one of the last passenger and cargo vessels that traveled the North Channel.  It is now a museum.20160531_13514520160531_135346I bet this would be cool to see.20160531_135727On the other side of those rocks is Canada. Pretty Cool.20160531_142248Sault Ste.Marie Courthouse20160531_14232020160531_154128And back over the Mighty Mac to Mackinaw City.20160602_204408Our last view of this beautiful Lake Huron and the Mackinac Bridge.  We are going to miss this view.

Heading to the west coast of Michigan. Cheers!