Gitche Gumee*

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Happy Birthday America.

We are currently spending our 5th week in Michigan just east of Marquette along the shoreline of Lake Superior. The enormity of this lake is slowly sinking in as it changes its appearance on a day-by-day basis.

The city of Marquette turns out to be a very nice community. Downtown Marquette displays an interesting mix of old brick and stone buildings that tell the history of a once busy and wealthy town. Most dominant is the old Ore Dock located next to downtown in the harbor. It was here that trains dumped large amounts of Cooper, Nickel and Iron ores into silos that later filled the bellies of ships. These ships traveled from Lake Superior via the Sault Saint Marie locks into Lake Huron and further into Lake Erie where they delivered their loads to the steel mills of the rust belt.

We visited a number of picturesque lighthouses, the Sault Saint Marie locks, and a large
number of waterfalls including the famous Pictured Rocks National Seashore. A few days ago we drove down a country road and a black bear crossed the road right in front of us. Temperatures are moderate and hiking around here is fantastic. Our dogs enjoy almost daily beach walks and swimming. The median house price in Marquette is $140k and all together this is a Ore Dockbeautiful place to live; if one can handle the brutally cold and snowy winter. Last but not least, there is the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette that provides an almost unlimited supply of their excellent Porter.

We will leave Marquette on 10 July 2017 and move with a short stop-over to Bemidji, Minnesota on the headwaters of the Mississippi River for a one-month stay. After that we will push west through North Dakota and Montana for an early September appointment in Idaho. As always, stay tuned and stay happy & healthy.

* The Ojibwe name for Lake Superior meaning “shining big sea water”

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