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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Boarding the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry

boarding the chi cheemaun
Boarding the Chi-Cheemaun
August 7, 2013

It was still raining when we boarded the Chi-Cheemaun that would take us from South Baymouth to Tobermory.  Boarding is quite impressive!  The vehicles are lined into rows on the dock then each row proceeds into the ferry as directed.  Once inside and parked, passengers are instructed to lock their vehicles and proceed to the upper deck, cafeteria or lounge  for the hour and forty-five minute journey. 

Boarding completed without a problem.  We were one of the first loaded so made our way to the second floor lounge.  The lower level cafeteria was open so many enjoyed a snack en route.  The upper lounge is enclosed with ample seating, rest rooms and tourist information.  Towards the front of the lounge gives the best view of the journey as it is over the bow of the vessel.  There is a open deck around the lounge for viewing as well as an outdoor seating area.  We went out for pictures but it was too cold and rainy to stay out.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chi-Cheemaun Ferry

chi cheemaun ferry
Chi-Cheemaun Arrival 
August 7. 2013

We were scheduled for departure at 9:10 AM from South Baymouth to Tobermory by car.  Our vehicle had to be on the dock an hour before departure otherwise we would lose our reservation.  My husband took the car over to the dock at 7 AM then came back to the motel room.  We didn't have any coffee as neither coffee shop opened until 8 AM so we lounged in the room doing a bit of last minute online tasks.  I looked out the window and quickly started powering down the laptop telling my husband we had to make a dash for the car.  It was less than a 5 minute quick run across the road just in time to be greeted with a heavy downpour.  The skies were dull, heavy with rain and more on the way.  Along with the bone chilling cold, it wasn't looking very promising as we started the camping portion of our adventure.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Chi-Cheemaun Dock

chi cheemaun dock
Chi-Cheemaun Dock
South Baymouth, Ontario
August 6, 2013

It was a chilly, blustery evening more reminiscent of late fall weather yet we still took a walk-about.  Our motel, the Huron Motor Lodge (just out of camera range to the left of the Wigwam Motel, was directly across from the Chi-Cheemaun dock.   There wasn't much to see other than the two motels, their gift shops and each had small coffee shops as well.  Our motel was a quaint series of cabins, quite cute really!  It had a nice outdoor pool but the weather was too cold to enjoy it.

Our departure time was 9:10 AM the following morning.  It is mandatory to be on the loading dock an hour early otherwise you will lose your reservation.  We were advised to be parked there by at 7 AM as soon as the dock opened then go for breakfast or back to our room to wait until closer to departure time.  We made a few purchases in our motel gift shop then settled into our room for the night.  Our room faced the dock so we had a lovely view!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Green Stairs

green stairs spotted at Sault Ste. Marie
Green Stairs
August 6, 2013

Part of the enjoyment of a road trip is discovering little gems like these wonderful green stairs.  I'm not sure how the colour will affect resale value but it sure got my attention!  I just love the creativity!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lucky Moose

lucky moose at the OGL Sault Ste. Marie casino
Lucky Moose
OLG Sault Ste. Marie Casino
August 6, 2013

I always get a chuckle out of character statues often painted up to bring a smile or chuckle.  It's nice to see the OLG Sault Ste. Marie Casino offer a good luck token to their patrons in the form of this cheery lucky moose.  Unfortunately he only brought luck to the casino this trip...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Canada, eh!

Canada straight thru sign
Canada Straight Thru
August 6, 2013

We crossed into Canada at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. around lunch time.  We knew we would have a bit of extra time after we crossed.   After clearing customs, we stopped at the OGL Casino in Sault Ste. Marie then did a bit of shopping for a few things we would need camping like dark chocolate before getting back on the road.  We followed the Trans Canada highway to Espanola, Ontario then turned down towards our final destination for the day.  We stopped for a lovely fish dinner at a quaint little diner in South Baymouth.  Once at the motel we unloaded what we would need for the night, took a walk to the gift shop and the ferry landing then settled into the motel.

The weather had already turned cold enough to turn the heater on in our motel room.  We had hit rain on and off, with more on the way.  I have to admit the tiny bathroom with its vintage pink fixtures looked rather enticing knowing we would have no shower facilities until we arrived home.  Oh sure, if we were desperate we could drive in from the campsite to Tobermory to use the paid showers.  I fretted about the cold and wet forecast because I know that combination is a bad trigger for me.  Other than that we chatted about the day, celebrating our anniversary on the road and what the camping trip held in store for us.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac
Crossing the Straits of Mackinac
August 6, 2013

We spent the first night of our road/camping trip adventure at Gaylord, Michigan.  It had been a wonderfully, relaxing day filled with good food and beautiful eye candy.  We had made a brief stop at Turtle Creek Casino before calling it a night.  It wasn't a really early start to the day but we managed to cross the Straits of Mackinac before lunch.  Our destination for the night was South Baymouth, Michigan where we would catch the Chi-Cheechmaun ferry the following morning to take us across Lake Huron to Tobermory, Ontario.


Monday, August 19, 2013

The Start of Our Six Day Adventure

heading up Michigan I-75 N
Northbound I-75 in Michigan
August 5, 2013

On the morning of August 5, 2013 we left the comforts of our home on a six day adventure, four of those days were to be spent rustic camping.  By rustic camping I mean in bear territory, in tents, no hydro, pump water to cart, outhouses or composting toilets for comfort stations, and no shower facilities.  The weather forecast was rain, cold temperatures and more rain.  It didn't matter!  We were spending two days in the thumb of Michigan then meeting up with our kids and grandkids to camp just south of Tobermory, Ontario.  And so the adventure began...