On the seventh day of vacation, my true love said to me... "Let's visit Sault Saint Marie!"
We packed up our campsite and drove an hour or so to Sault Saint Marie. While there, we caught up on some emailing (no wi-fi available in most of the UP).
Then we headed to the Valley Camp Museum Ship to tour a real Great Lakes freighter.
This is a self-guided tour of the entire freighter, which has been turned into a museum.
Much of the working equipment and engines of the ship were visible - fascinating to my son.
Much of it was inside, but we were allowed to walk around on the top deck, view the crew's quarters and captain's quarters.
So much to see.
The kids by the souvenir store.
From the ship tour, we headed across the street to the Tower of History where we could get an aerial view of the Soo Locks and much of the city. This is a 210-foot tower which houses a small museum at the base, focusing mostly on Native American history of the Michigan area. An elevator takes you up to the top, where there are inside and outside decks for viewing.
We could easily see the Valley Camp ship that we had just toured.
Looking down on a church and tall steeple.
We left Sault Saint Marie to head to our destination for the night - the home of our friends, the Williamson family. We had to cross the beautiful Mackinac Bridge that connects the UP of Michigan to the mainland. We were a little nervous, but made it over the 5-mile bridge just fine.
We made it to the Williamson's home in time for supper and set up our campsite in the backyard, where we planned to stay for 3 nights.
So ended Day Seven.