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To commemorate our 2nd full year together, Yumi
and I decided to get away for the weekend. We hadn't gone away for a few
months and Yumi was tired of school...the timing was perfect.
We decided to go up to Sault.Ste.
Marie, Canada, and take the last train ride of the season to the Agawa
Canyon. My parents had done this trip many years ago and had brought back
some posters for my bedroom. It looked to be very picturesque.
The drive up would be a drag.
We had to leave after Yumi's last class on Friday, which was at 3 PM,
meaning we wouldn't get up there until close to Midnight. When we got
to Manistique, MI, about 2/3 of the way there, and at about 9:30, I developed
a nasty headache meaning Yumi would have to drive the rest of the way.
She guided us past customs and to our hotel room. We fell asleep very
quickly after setting the alarm. We would have to get up by 6:30 to catch
the 8 AM train.
Morning came way too early
for me, but my headache was gone. I almost got another when I looked outside
and saw rain. So much for the beautiful fall colors.
We boarded the train and made
plans to eat breakfast on board. We were called to the diner car before
we even started down the tracks, but received our meals just as we started
|Bridal Veil Falls
The beginning of the trip,
which would be 4 hours one way, started off slowly without a lot of good
views, but once we got further into Ontario things picked up. The terrain
was rugged. Lakes dotted the landscape and rocky bluffs began to come
Just before noon we arrived
at the Agawa Canyon Park. We had purchased box lunches and carried them
in my daypack on our hike to the numerous falls. Still raining, we managed
to secure a seat in a pavillion and ate our bologna sandwiches. Though
we only got to stay at the park for about an hour and a half, it was still
very nice and I thought about possibly doing some backcountry camping
in the area.
The train ride back was long
and boring. It had started to snow and visibility was close to zero. Both
Yumi and I caught short naps on the way back. We finished the day with
a nice dinner at the hotel restaurant.
The drive back to Manitowoc
was equally long. About 2" of snow had fallen during the night which
made driving somewhat difficult, but we made it back by about 4 PM.
This would be a nice trip to
take in the early fall or even the summer.