Our Week in Sault Ste Marie

We spent a week in Sault Ste Marie (on both sides of the border). Four days were driving days, as in road trip, and three were to wait out some weather.

4th of July in George Kemp Marina, SSM, Michigan

What took us 14 days in the boat took us 8 hours, including potty stops, in the car!

We had driven from Tacoma WA to Washburn, WI when we moved onto the boat. When we left Washburn in the boat, we left the car there in the parking lot.

Roberta Bondar Marina, SSM, Ontario

In SSM – Sault Ste Marie – we rented a car and drove together back to Washburn. We spent the night there, and drove two cars back to SSM. Then the next day, we drove two cars another 8 hours ahead, to the driveway of a volunteer harbor host, where we left our car until we arrive there by boat in mid-August.

It was a bit of a drag, all that driving, but it was interesting to see turn-offs to the places we had been to by boat and to get a preview of upcoming travel.

We drove very near where Lance’s great-grandparents lived as young adults, so it was fun to picture what their life was like in the north country woods.

Maybe next time we’ll involve a plane trip and avoid covering the same territory twice by car.

One of the highlights of SSM was meeting a distant relative of Lance’s, Lee, and his daughter Tanya. Lee is interested in genealogy, as is Brenda, and had communicated in 2012. At that time I told him we might be coming through SSM in about 10 years time on a boat…so recently I reached out to see if he was available and able to meet. He was, so we met for dinner. We are both really glad to have met Lee and Tanya.

Lee, Tanya, Lance and Brenda

As to the rest of the time, we attended a church on Sunday, took some long walks, watched the boats in the locks, watched the geese in the park and marina, got haircuts and did some laundry.

We bought some cheese and bread from the “Grocer 4 Good”. They hire developmentally challenged adults in their store. Not much inventory to choose from but a great program, so we’re glad we sought them out.
A fellow Loop boat locking down in the Canadian Lock.
Fun artwork in a nearby park
Taking a quick break on our walk.

It really was quite restful and allowed us to research where we are traveling next, the North Channel of Lake Huron. More about that in another post.

Beautiful hanging baskets at the marina. Very restful.
And of course, the ubiquitous geese