Travel today from Agawa Bay to Pancake Bay, Ontario Canada
Steve cooked us up a pancake breakfast with bacon and more coffee. It sure was a nice view out of the window and some of the fog was beginning to lift. We are getting into a nice routine of a later breakfast and that holds us over until supper. Then we are not stopping during travelling time to make a lunch.
About 10 years ago, Steve and I rode that very same train as passengers from the station in Sault Ste Marie Canada up to the Agawa Canyon for a day trip. That is how we know about it stopping to load up and unload the people from the wilderness. It did stop a LOT so the train was never on a scheduled time. LOL... but we did ride past the Frater Station back then too. Kinda the reason we wanted to drive back there today on the road again. Someone has been fixing up the buildings and added a propane tank and cleaned things up a bit. So maybe they stay there sometimes or the railroad now rents it out?
We bounced along in our little Tracker. It moves along like a little billy goat. Pretty handy because the dogs can ride along, compared to the Honda Helix scooter we used to ride together. Plus... the Tracker has air conditioning, which we needed on this humid damp icky morning.
We came back to the Agawa campground for a little while to walk up and down the beach in between raindrops. I picked up some pretty rocks to do a project with... more on that later. Just a few rocks, NOT like Lucy and Ricky in the Long Long Trailer movie!
We got roadworthy and I carried over our leftover campfire wood to our neighbors. They were from Lower Michigan but knew a lot of the places in the Upper Peninsula that I knew... plus they were looping around Laker Superior in the other direction. Steve carefully moved the motorhome forward out of our narrow campsite, and hooked up the Tracker in the main parking area. Tested, double checked, and good to go.
We got to Pancake Bay and it was still overcast and humid... the temps were rising up in the afternoon. The office to register for a campsite was closed, with a sign saying not open until 4 pm until 7 pm for check-ins. We saw a few park workers doing shrubbery trimming near the entrance and one young man came over to talk to us. He said that we could self register at the pay post, but if you wanted to use a credit card, you could pick a site, occupy it, and wait till 4 pm to register it. They are no longer taking reservations at this late in the season, so you are not taking anyone's reserved site, (the park closes on Oct. 10 anyhow).
The prices here are higher by about $5 for each type of site, plus they have "prime sites" along the water that are even higher than the regular sites. The prices range from $42 to $51 a night (canadian $) There are 325 sites throughout the entire long stretched out park! We unhooked the Tracker and got permission from the worker to leave our motorhome at the entrance gate, blocking one of the three lanes. There isn't any parking areas for RV's anywhere, so we were concerned about blocking the lane. We drove around the park with our little map, marking off sites we liked. We chose to take a non-electric site by the water that was very nice. #238
We got all set up on the site and it was very nice.... we took a walk around with the dogs and visited with a few folks here and there.
The fall colors are more vibrant here, with gorgeous reds, oranges, yellows and rust.
By 4pm we went over to the gatehouse and registered and the gal inside was very nice and friendly. She mentioned rain and possible storms coming and pointed to her printout of the weather that was posted on the door. It wasn't too current, just a week worth of weather at a time. Once we paid for the site, we buzzed over to the nearby tourist trap where there was free wifi and checked the weather again. Rut Roh... not only possible rain in a few days, but high high heat and humidity coming tomorrow, up to high 80's and very very humid!
Hmmmmm what to do? We drove back to the gatehouse and asked if we chose an electric site (so we could run the air conditioner) would it be a problem and could we pay the difference? She smiled and said no problem at all! Just chose a different site (electric this time) and come on back with our original papers and she will take care of it, toot sweet. We drove around and found a nice site with just as nice of a view, number #112, and drove right back to the gatehouse. And she did take care of it easily with a few strokes of the keyboard! $6.00 more and we were good for the upcoming heatwave. If we want it for another day, we can just go back at 4pm tomorrow and pay again.
This is SO strange weather for later September around any of the Great Lakes to have this kind of weather. EWWWWWW Heat and Humidity are not a good combination for me, after damaging my lungs and being on oxygen for so many years. I am not now, but that kind of weather does drain me down fast.
We put our tag on the post of 112 and then rushed over to pack up the rig quick and move. We only had out the lawn chairs and a few things on the counter, so it was easy to get "road worthy" and move over to the new site. Steve drove through it and then manuvered the rig sideways, getting us the most optimum view possible from all the windows down the length of our rig.
Tonight's feast was salmon on the grill. We are SO glad we were able to take along all our own frozen meat from home in the ample freezer inside of our motorhome. We are eating from our own home groceries and stores we are familiar with. We get these wild caught salmon planks are from the local Piggly Wiggly store near our home, and we like cooking them on a special rack over the grill. The salmon can be flipped to let the fats ooze out and then flipped back to finish cooking. No gooey white stuff on the surface of the salmon that way.
We moved our lawn chairs out onto the beach to watch the evening fall. We settled back in our chairs to watch the water and see the sun beginning to set. The little sand gnats are pesty as well as some of the black flies (which bite!) We set out a Thermocell between our chairs and sat in comfort without any buggy intruders.
The waves calmed down to almost a glass like surface, which again is strange for Lake Superior. I did this cool panoramic picture with my cell phone that kinda captured the feeling of the evening.
Soon the sun was inching over to the far western horizon. I snapped a zillion pics of it as it sunk down in the sky... but here are the best ones.
(this one is for you, Linda G.)
We headed inside and I decided to bake some brownies (Steve's favorite) in the oven before we went to bed. That way I would not heat up the rig tomorrow during the day, and he could have his snack on hand. While he hung out relaxing, I was working on this blog and baking the brownies.
We did tune in a single station (analog, not even digital) on the tv, hoping for more local weather or news. Nope, it was only a sub station of old reruns of Big Bang ... and even at 9 and again at 10 it was still older reruns and no local news programming. We turned on the radio but didn't find any local weather either. In the morning I plan to run over to the tourist trap to use the wifi and check for the weather and also post this blog.
46 miles traveled today
1117 miles traveled so far