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The highlight of any trip to Niagara Falls has to be the falls themselves. Having seen the falls several times from the Canadian side in the past, this time we drove stateside and viewed it from Goat Island in the USA.
Ferris wheels, go cart tracks, and more. If it is touristy, Niagara Falls has it covered.
Niagara Falls, ON has capitalized on its tourism market and now offers a lively nightlife. It is exciting to walk the streets and explore all that is available but driving here at night is not for the faint hearted with people forgetting there are cars on the roads.
While in the Ann Arbor area we stayed at the Wayne County (Fairgrounds) Campground, 29 miles from downtown Detroit and 49 miles from Toledo. Its central location, away from the major urban clutter made for a good basecamp.
The historic Fort Wayne, along the Detroit River, is slowly being reclaimed by nature. This photo shows the decaying roofs in an area not typically open to visitors.
Another old relict of Fort Wayne, in a little better shape but sadly showing it's abandoned to nature.
The Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, ON, was built in 1929. It is currently undergoing construction work making it slow and cramped for big rigs and the endless stream of trucks crossing between Canada and the United States.
Here's a shot of the Detroit and Windsor skylines from Belle Isle in the Detroit River.
Another view of the Detroit skyline from the south.
Linda and I discovered Steak'n Shake on our inaugural retirement trip down Route 66 in 2014. It has become a magnet each time we spot one.
Great milkshakes and burgers - the ideal way to cap off a day of touring cities we've not visited before.
We knew we had arrived in northern Indiana when we found ourselves driving behind an Amish horse and buggy.
Elkhart, IN is the epicenter of the RV industry. A phone call a couple of days prior to our arrival allowed us to arrange for a mobile tech to meet us in the RV Hall of Fame parking lot to service our hydronic heating system.
The parking lot at this bulk grocery store looks a little different from those we see at home.
Virtually every business in the area has a hitching rail, even McDonalds.
The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge spans the St. Marys River between the United States and Canada connecting the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie. Our journey continues in the USA for the next eight days. It is a toll bridge that cost us $16.50 for our motorhome and tow car.
When in this area you have to visit the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site. The first canal on the site opened in 1798, but was destroyed in 1814 during the War of 1812 and rebuilt. The bridge above the canal leads to the US, our next day's journey.
Algoma Steel, the largest employer in Sault Ste. Marie, has been producing steel for more than 100 years. It's massive plant has an annual; production capacity of more than four millions tons of hot and cold rolled steel products.
If you like ice cream, stop by The Big Moose, in Sault Ste. Marie, and choose from their 55-flavours.
The Wawa RV Resort is not what I would term a "resort" but it is a nice campground that provides lots of space for accessing the campsites.
The river beside the campground was popular with the fishermen, though I did not see any coming back with fish.
A giant Canadian Goose stands guard at the entrance to Wawa, ON.
Kakabeka Falls was doing its best to drain the winter melt.
The piles of snow in our campground at Kakabeka Falls is a reminder that this is early in the RV season for this area.
We stopped at a roadside pull-out for lunch beside Percy Lake, which I renamed Lake Slushy. Only a film of broken and crushed ice remained floating on the surface, blown to one end of the lake by the wind.
East of Kenora, ON about 8 inches (20 cm) of water was flowing across the Trans-Canada Highway so traffic was controlled to one-lane. It was not a problem for large diesel rigs but could be for cars with minimal ground clearance.
Southern Manitoba is wet and this is the drier area north of the current flooding spoken of in the news. In areas, the highway was a single ribbon of dry land amidst vast fields of water.
The City of Yorkton Campground looked questionable as we drove in but we were soon greeted by well groomed, huge RV sites that were super easy to get in and out of. This is definitely the place to stay when going through Yorkton, the town I was born in so many decades ago. Only $35 per night.
Seeing mountain sheep along the highway, just east of Jasper, is a common occurrence. Today we had to stop in the middle of the road when a few of the small herd decided to cross the road.