Picking up where I left off here's our third stop at Cedar Point. The roller coasters where awesome everyone had a lot of fun but it was extremely hot out. We went on all the roller coasters that we were all allowed to go on which was our goal. Lucas fretted before every ride but was a trooper and went on them and was usually smiling once the ride was over.
At Cedar Point we didn't make it into Lake Erie. They had a beach at the hotel we could use but it was quite a way's from the camp ground so we stuck with the camp ground pool for our swimming needs. We thought that might happen so we executed our lake Erie backup plan and stopped in Erie, PA at Presque Isle State Park. We changed and ate sandwiches in the camper then hit the beach. I forgot my phone when we went down to the beach so only got a couple shots from the car before we took off.
|The truckster parked in the sand, we were lucky to find a place we could park.|
|Beach is on the other side of the dune|
Next stop was Niagara Falls we stayed at Four Mile Creek State Park. We enjoyed the falls and checked out an outlet mall. During our stay we also did laundry and since our camp ground ended up not having a beach like we thought, we found the closest beach at a state park 15 miles away and took our dip in Lake Ontario.
|Our campsite at 4 mile creek|
|It's crazy but this was the hardest site to back into... didn't make sense as it's wide open.|
|This is our non-beach at our campground.|
|Bench at the outlet mall... Hey dad look it's a Minecraft bed.|
|The Rocky beach. Water shoes would have been good for this lake.|
|We saw a lot of great sunsets on our trip|
|Maid of the Mist|
After Niagara Falls we crossed into Canada. I was prepared for the worst on the boarder crossing but it was pretty quick and painless. Killbear Provincial Park on the Perry Sound was our next stop. It was a great camp ground. Our site was a little tough to get into but once in it was a large and pretty private site. Reminded me of our site in the Redwood forest last year. We got a couple small hikes in and swam in the cold and crystal clear water and even got to jump off some rocks. It was amazing and one of my favorite stops. It was nice to get some real camping in away from so many people after being in, around, and through big city's and the tourist trap feel of Niagara falls.
|First night checking out the beach near our campsite|
|Lighthouse point trail|
|View above our campsite|
|Shot of the rocks we jumped off of at Harold's point Beach|
|Lookout Point Trail|
Leaving Killbear was hard we could have stayed another day or two. But we packed up and headed back to the good old US of A. Next stop was in Upper Michigan at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. There we went over the mighty Mackinac Bridge and visited Mackinac Island. We biked the 8.2 around the island and were only on the island for a few hours but we all had a great time. Mark was ready to move there immediately. He loved how you could live how you wanted and no one would hassle you. Not sure where that came from but there was a good vibe about the place. The beach at oru camp site on Lake Superior was a Lake Ontario rock beach so we headed up north about 20 miles to a point that looked like it had sand. It was a great beach area and we got in the cold water and completed our quest to swim in all of the great lakes.
|Tahquamenon River by our campsite|
|Mackinac Bridge from our boat to the Island|
|Becky and Lucas took a tandem bike|
|Stopping to cool off in the water|
|Samus and Lucas discovered a new love... fudge|
We had a long drive to our next stop at the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin. I thought we'd get to the pictured rocks while at Tahquamenon Falls but even though it looked close the drive would have been 2 hours one way so we didn't go. We drove past it on our way to Wisconsin but with the long drive a head of us and a ferry to catch we decided not to stop. I'll finish up with some pictures of our last stop in my next post.