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Old 07-12-2003, 04:27 PM   #1
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Hello Again Everyone. We are back from our
journey to the UP of Michigan and Canada and had an awesome time. The trip was highlighted by the shipwreck museum, the museum Valley Camp, the Taquemenon Falls, Pictured Rocks and the spectacular sunrises over Whitefish Bay.
We were moved deeply and spiritualy by the
Edmund Fitzgerald displays. We saw a 15 minute movie on the tradgedy at Whitefish Pt. with Gord's haunting ballad as background music. The ship's bell is proudly on display and I was able to get pictures of my children standing next to it.

The ore Frieghter Valley Camp is about 200
feet smaller than Fitzgerald but is open to the public and houses a maritime museum. The Valley Camp allows someone to imagine what the crew of The Big Fitz must have experienced on a day to day basis. Inside the Valley Camp are the only major artifacts
from the shipwreck, ( other than the bell)
her two lifeboats. Both boats washed up on shore the day after the tradgedy. One is mangled in front- the other is torn in half.
The back half was never recovered. These lifeboats are open to view and we were able to get some excellent pictures.
We also took a 9 hour train ride to the Agawa Canyon. The Canadian wilderness is breathtaking!! At times the views were so incredible, that I wanted off the train and I wished I could run away from civilization.

We had plenty of Lightfoot music to keep us company. We listed to the entire Songbook 3 times and Gords Gold I and II a couple of times. I've also got a couple Cd's with my favorites that I burned ( Watchman's Gone, Yarmouth Castle, The House You Live in) that we listed to. By the end of the trip, my three year old boy (Blake) was saying "Turn on Lightfoot"

We sure had a good time. We shared some family time that will never be replaced. We listened to some incredible music and I developed a deeper understanding of a shipwreck that happened on Lake Superior in a November storm in 1975. That shipwreck inspired a song, that turned me on to one of the greatest singer/songwriters that ever lived-Gordon Lightfoot. Thanks GL. and Thank
You everyone for taking the time to read this.

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Old 07-12-2003, 04:27 PM   #2
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Hello Again Everyone. We are back from our
journey to the UP of Michigan and Canada and had an awesome time. The trip was highlighted by the shipwreck museum, the museum Valley Camp, the Taquemenon Falls, Pictured Rocks and the spectacular sunrises over Whitefish Bay.
We were moved deeply and spiritualy by the
Edmund Fitzgerald displays. We saw a 15 minute movie on the tradgedy at Whitefish Pt. with Gord's haunting ballad as background music. The ship's bell is proudly on display and I was able to get pictures of my children standing next to it.

The ore Frieghter Valley Camp is about 200
feet smaller than Fitzgerald but is open to the public and houses a maritime museum. The Valley Camp allows someone to imagine what the crew of The Big Fitz must have experienced on a day to day basis. Inside the Valley Camp are the only major artifacts
from the shipwreck, ( other than the bell)
her two lifeboats. Both boats washed up on shore the day after the tradgedy. One is mangled in front- the other is torn in half.
The back half was never recovered. These lifeboats are open to view and we were able to get some excellent pictures.
We also took a 9 hour train ride to the Agawa Canyon. The Canadian wilderness is breathtaking!! At times the views were so incredible, that I wanted off the train and I wished I could run away from civilization.

We had plenty of Lightfoot music to keep us company. We listed to the entire Songbook 3 times and Gords Gold I and II a couple of times. I've also got a couple Cd's with my favorites that I burned ( Watchman's Gone, Yarmouth Castle, The House You Live in) that we listed to. By the end of the trip, my three year old boy (Blake) was saying "Turn on Lightfoot"

We sure had a good time. We shared some family time that will never be replaced. We listened to some incredible music and I developed a deeper understanding of a shipwreck that happened on Lake Superior in a November storm in 1975. That shipwreck inspired a song, that turned me on to one of the greatest singer/songwriters that ever lived-Gordon Lightfoot. Thanks GL. and Thank
You everyone for taking the time to read this.

Everyone's Friend,

Titan
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:55 AM   #3
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So glad you had a nice trip, Titan! The museum sounds very interesting as does the movie about the Edmund F. So glad you could share some special time with your family...the memories will last forever!

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Old 07-14-2003, 08:55 AM   #4
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So glad you had a nice trip, Titan! The museum sounds very interesting as does the movie about the Edmund F. So glad you could share some special time with your family...the memories will last forever!

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Old 07-14-2003, 11:17 AM   #5
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awesome .....

be there shortly

.. ...

daughter lives just north of Detroit ... we're headin' up there this weekend .... can't get all the UP, but we may make the drive to Frankenmuth .... gotta go to Bonners .. gettin' ready for Xmas

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Old 07-14-2003, 11:17 AM   #6
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awesome .....

be there shortly

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daughter lives just north of Detroit ... we're headin' up there this weekend .... can't get all the UP, but we may make the drive to Frankenmuth .... gotta go to Bonners .. gettin' ready for Xmas

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Old 07-16-2003, 09:24 PM   #7
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Titan,
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your post. We live in Indiana and go up to the UP a few times a year to a cabin at Whitefish Point and have done this many years. We went up for the 25th anniversary of the sinking of the Fitz to be part of the ceremony at the museum. It was standing room only and overflowed to the other buildings. All of the places you visited brought back so many memories. We have visited all the places you mentioned as well as some off the road places. You cannot help but think of Gordon the whole time.

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Old 07-16-2003, 09:24 PM   #8
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Titan,
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your post. We live in Indiana and go up to the UP a few times a year to a cabin at Whitefish Point and have done this many years. We went up for the 25th anniversary of the sinking of the Fitz to be part of the ceremony at the museum. It was standing room only and overflowed to the other buildings. All of the places you visited brought back so many memories. We have visited all the places you mentioned as well as some off the road places. You cannot help but think of Gordon the whole time.

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Old 07-18-2003, 01:21 PM   #9
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Titan,

My wife and I went to see those museums several years ago. I remember playing "The Wreck" in the car during the times we went to see the exhibits about the Fitz. I had listened to, and played the song many times but it never impacted me as it did during that visit. One day it was particularly cloudy as we were crossing the Macinac straight and it seemed rather Erie. It was such a haunting feeling (after having seen the remnants, the accounts and paintings of her)I had chills. It really renewed the song for me.

One other note: Did they have a video presentation in one of the museums. I remember how amused I was at the end when the credits rolled. Insted of playing the most famous shipwreck song ever (The Wreck), they had some strange hokey folk song by some unknown amateur playing. It's as if they were trying to knock it off. Perhaps it was a copyright issue, but it was very disappointing to not here Gord do the Wreck at the end.
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Old 07-18-2003, 01:21 PM   #10
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Titan,

My wife and I went to see those museums several years ago. I remember playing "The Wreck" in the car during the times we went to see the exhibits about the Fitz. I had listened to, and played the song many times but it never impacted me as it did during that visit. One day it was particularly cloudy as we were crossing the Macinac straight and it seemed rather Erie. It was such a haunting feeling (after having seen the remnants, the accounts and paintings of her)I had chills. It really renewed the song for me.

One other note: Did they have a video presentation in one of the museums. I remember how amused I was at the end when the credits rolled. Insted of playing the most famous shipwreck song ever (The Wreck), they had some strange hokey folk song by some unknown amateur playing. It's as if they were trying to knock it off. Perhaps it was a copyright issue, but it was very disappointing to not here Gord do the Wreck at the end.
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Old 07-18-2003, 04:52 PM   #11
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I too was impacted like never before by the exhibits. They actually played Gord's original recording of The Wreck during the
movie presentation and also inside the shipwreck museum over the stereo system.

It sounded quite nice. I was also impressed
with their extensive collection of Lightfoot
autographed prints. Perhaps the museum was able to upgrade some things since you were
there. I remember admission was around 22
dollars for my family of four ( and they had
a crowd!!!) I'm certain that they are planning on building a cinema quality theatre as the movie was just shown on a large screen TV.

I was drawn to this site as a vacation destination by all the legend and folklore
and I was not disappointed. I always loved the music of Lightfoot and always had an
appreciation for his song about the wreck
of The Edmund Fitzgerald but now I can say that I stood on the sandy beach at Whitefish
Point, and looked 17 miles N by NW and just
before the horizon- could see where the big
Fitz sank in the icey cold waters of Lake Superior. I can say that I touched her lifeboats and stood next to her bell.

Some people may not care or have the smallest
bit of interest in such. But to me, it was somewhat like a pilgrimage, and a chance to pay my respects to the 29 men who perished.
You see- Gord's song about the wreck is etched into my spirit now. Ever since I first heard it's haunting lyrics it moved me.
I will always love the song and now I have a better understanding of the whole event.

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Old 07-18-2003, 04:52 PM   #12
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I too was impacted like never before by the exhibits. They actually played Gord's original recording of The Wreck during the
movie presentation and also inside the shipwreck museum over the stereo system.

It sounded quite nice. I was also impressed
with their extensive collection of Lightfoot
autographed prints. Perhaps the museum was able to upgrade some things since you were
there. I remember admission was around 22
dollars for my family of four ( and they had
a crowd!!!) I'm certain that they are planning on building a cinema quality theatre as the movie was just shown on a large screen TV.

I was drawn to this site as a vacation destination by all the legend and folklore
and I was not disappointed. I always loved the music of Lightfoot and always had an
appreciation for his song about the wreck
of The Edmund Fitzgerald but now I can say that I stood on the sandy beach at Whitefish
Point, and looked 17 miles N by NW and just
before the horizon- could see where the big
Fitz sank in the icey cold waters of Lake Superior. I can say that I touched her lifeboats and stood next to her bell.

Some people may not care or have the smallest
bit of interest in such. But to me, it was somewhat like a pilgrimage, and a chance to pay my respects to the 29 men who perished.
You see- Gord's song about the wreck is etched into my spirit now. Ever since I first heard it's haunting lyrics it moved me.
I will always love the song and now I have a better understanding of the whole event.

titan
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Old 07-21-2003, 06:43 PM   #13
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Hey Titan,
Enjoyed your post! You sound like you have a real Love and understanding for the Crew and the history the Fitzgerald..Please Email me, I have something I would like to send you...

Take Care,

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Old 07-21-2003, 06:43 PM   #14
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Hey Titan,
Enjoyed your post! You sound like you have a real Love and understanding for the Crew and the history the Fitzgerald..Please Email me, I have something I would like to send you...

Take Care,

Chuck.
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