Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Goderich harbor has two things that both Ed and I like -- freighters and food trucks. We saw two Algoma Central lakers, the Algoma Transfer and the Algosoo, tied up in slips at Goderich. The Algosoo was being loaded, probably with salt, we thought, since Goderich is the site of the world's largest salt mine.
We could walk alongside the Algosoo and watch the loading process. Freighters are really big when you see them up close. Out on the lakes, in the shipping lanes, they can be as many as 6-8 miles away. In the harbor or on a river like the St. Clair (Port Huron to Lake St. Clair) or the St. Mary's (eastern Upper Peninsula, into the Soo), a freighter is a huge ship with superstructures that are often 5-6 stories tall.
We spotted a chip wagon, a.k.a. a food truck, right out on the docks at the harbor, too. From the harbor south, there is an expansive lakeside park with playgrounds, several beaches, places to wade out on rocks, eateries, and lots of parking and shade trees. It's a jewel of a lakefront that Goderich has developed.
We asked about the poutine on the menu and found out that this uniquely Canadian dish is actually French fries with gravy and cheese. Yipes! Ed ordered one and enjoyed the cultural tastes of a whole lot of fat and calories. I stayed with a burger and standard fries which were hand cut and delicious.
The Goderich lighthouse stands tall on the bluffs overlooking the harbor and park areas. In this photo the lighthouse is a red speck along the bluff, about one third of the way across the picture, from the left.
One of the opportunities we have living on the east side of Michigan is our close proximity to Canada. From Huron County, Michigan we can be across the border in Ontario's Huron County in an hour or two. Travel is always an enriching experience -- especially when you order poutine from a Canadian chip wagon while watching freighters in Goderich!
Wanda Hayes Eichler