We are now camping at Aune-Osborn Campground in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Upon our arrival, Laura at the park office checked us in. She informed Terri and I of all the park amenities. Laura went on to say that unlike most other places, this park offered a Men-Only laundry room.
The sites here are electric and water only. You do get a picnic table and free Wi-Fi. There is not much for shade. There are really no activities for kids. What there is, you will have a hard time finding anywhere else. They have SHIPS!
The ships are so close that you could literally throw a stick at them. The park lies along 20 acres of waterfront property on the lower St. Mary’s River. This is just before the ships enter the Soo Locks from the south. This provides an incredible view of all the ships traveling through the locks.
The weather here was hot. Yesterday it was pushing 90 degrees. That is hot for May in the UP. The bugs are still bad but nowhere near as bad as they were in Mackinaw City. Last night a storm passed through and today the temperature is having a hard time getting to that point again.
We tried a couple new places to eat in town which we really enjoyed, “The Palace” had a good Mexican menu and “Ang-gios” offered a really good Italian cuisine.
I met a couple of our neighbors. Randy sent us this photo of a couple of ships that we missed while we were in town.
Rick, another neighbor, provided us with the scanner frequencies of the Soo Locks so that we could hear when the ships communicated with them. His wife Mary gave us the following URL so we could track their movement on the water- http://my.tbaytel.net/va3rom/AIS.htm
We also ran into a guy by the name of Cliff. He had this rig which had some of the largest horns I have ever seen. He had horns from Passenger Trains, Freight Trains, Ferry Ships and even a couple of Freightliners. They were all mounted on top of a modified semi-tractor truck. We got to experience first hand the volume these things were capable of. A ship passed by us and saw his rig so it tooted a salute at us. Cliff returned the salute back at them. It was a really cool thing to experience.