After leaving Dayton, we headed north to Maumee Bay State Park on the south shore of Lake Erie. As I have mentioned before, this is one of our all time favorite state park campgrounds. We spent most of a week here visiting with friends and enjoying nature in the park. I failed to get pictures of most of our friends, but otherwise we enjoyed some great company.
We also visited the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge near the state park. During the peak birding season, it is visited by thousands of bird enthusiasts. Since this is the off season, we had the place almost to ourselves.
Just before our arrival, the new National Museum of the Great Lakes opened. Since I worked for a Great Lakes steamship company for six years, we definitely wanted to take a look. It is a good place to get an overview of the history of the lakes along with some information about the history of marine transportation on the lakes over the years. Of course, there was quite a display about the Edmond Fitzgerald, which was owned by the company I worked for. They also have a retired Great Lakes freighter docked on the grounds, which can be toured to give the visitor an idea of what they look like and how they work. We also learned after returning home that the old power plant smoke stacks visible in the pictures from the museum were demolished just a few days after our visit.
Next time, the Great Race.