Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Three Generations Enjoy the Soo

Yesterday was a very fun day. My son, his wife and four children are here from down state so we all took a Soo Locks Boat Tour. The kids got to see the Locks up close and were fascinated by our time going up while the lock filled with water. The Soo Locks are really an engineering marvel.

We also viewed several freighters up close. The American Victory was heading down bound as we left the Tour dock giving us a great view. The we saw the Yankcanuck being loaded with steel coils at Algoma Steel. Later in the day, it passed our place on the river. That gave the kids a good look at commerce on the river.

After the Soo Locks Boat Tour, we went to the LSSU Aquatic Research Lab. Here the staff does research on Atlantic salmon and raise them for later release into the river. They currently have 50,000 + 8 month old fish that will be released in the future. You can see their fish cam which is in the river outside the lab for a fascinating view of river fish. (http://lssu.edu/arl/fishcam.php) You will see lots of salmon but also an occasion sucker, walleye, carp and anything else that swims in the river including lamprey.

There is never a lack of activities for the grandchildren to enjoy here. Today we have Art Festival, John Johnston House with David Stanaway and Susan Askwith. Tonight we're heading to Brimley for our annual fish dinner.

Later in the day, we also saw the Kathryn Spirit which was my first sighting of that boat under that name. It anchored out front about 9 PM last night and was gone this when we got up this morning. The Coast Guard ice breaker the Neah Bay was up bound possibly returning from the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Han. Also sighted was the Lee A. Tregurtha, CSL Taddoussac, and the Algosar.

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