It was not planned, and I didn’t even think about it until we got cozy with Lake Superior in the Ashland/Bayfield area last week. What I suddenly realized was that I had seen three of the five Great Lakes in a matter of weeks.

On a trip to St. Ignace at the eastern point of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula we rode the 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge that stretches over the Straits of Mackinac — Lake Michigan on one side, Lake Huron on the other. Then, on a short day trip from St. Ignace to Sault St. Marie, we watched a 1,000-foot freighter crawl through the Soo Locks to Lake Huron, having come from Lake Superior looming to the west. The freighter was “locked” into the concrete structure where the water was lowered 21 feet to allow the Edgar B. Speer, loaded with taconite pellets in Duluth, to push smoothly into Lake Huron and on to Ohio.

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