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The two RV Gypsies
tackled the 272 step staircase
down to Cooke Dam Pond
and the 272 step staircase back up
for a total of 544 stairs
June 15, 2013

The two RV Gypsies followed the gentle curves of the Au Sable River which runs through forests along the River Road National Scenic Byway. The 22-mile drive from Oscoda was lovely, and the two RV Gypsies got out of their truck to see The Lumberman's Monument and was greeted with a great opportunity to learn about a Wanigan and rollaways.

The Lumberman's Monument overlooks the Cooke Pond and Horseshoe Island on the Au Sable River. The two RV Gypsies were surprised to learn that they had to go down a bunch of stairs to a Wanigan, so they decided to get some exercise and tackle the 272 steps down and then the same 272 steps back up for a total of 544 steps. It was worth the effort. The Au Sable River was once a major logging thoroughfare.

Cooke Pond and Horsehoe Island on the Au Sable River

Cooke Pond and Horsehoe Island on the Au Sable  River

sign about the Cooke Pond and Horsehoe Island on the Au Sable River
stairway sign

Below: part of the 272 step Stairway to Cooke Pond and Horseshoe Island on the Au Sable River.

Lee Duquette on the stairway
Karen Duquette on the stairway
part of the 272 step Stairway to The Wanigan

Over one-hundred years ago, the sand bluffs (seen from the rest stop on the stairs) were used for rollaways. Imagine being on the bank and hearing the words "BREAK OUT!" Then the avalanche of hurtling logs thunder down the sand bluff into the swollen Au Sable River.
(There is a link below to the page for the Lumberman's Monument to learn about rollaways).

the sand bluffs on the Au Sable River and Horseshoe Island
Lee Duquette overlooking the sand bluffs on the Au Sable River
the sand bluffs on the Au Sable River

Views of small streams and woods as seen from the stairway.

a small stream alongside the stairway
woods alongside the stairway

A replica of a Wanigan - a Lumberman's floating kitchen and supply area

A replica of a Wanigan, horseshoe island and the Au Sable River
A replica of a Wanigan
Lee Duquette in the doorway of the Wanigan
Lee Duquette in the Wanigan
sign about Lumberman's Lingo
supplies in the wanigan
sign about the wanigan - a floating camp
as usual, this wanigan is being video taped

Lee Duquette checked out the rudder on the Wanigan and the Au Sable River

Lee Duquette checking out the rudder on the Wanigan
Lee Duquette looking at the Au Sable River
Au Sable River
Lee Duquette looking at the Au Sable River
part of the Wanigan

Looking at the sand bluffs from the Wanigan (the same sand bluff seen from the rest stop on the stairs; as shown earlier on this page).

sand bluff on the Au Sable River
sand bluff on the Au Sable River

The water beside the Wanigan was very clear.

The water beside the Wanigan is pretty clear.
Karen Duquette on the Wanigan
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Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures
in Oscoda & Tawas, Michigan
June 15-16, 2013

You may visit these eleven (11) sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Mackinac Island and more below the menu.

Au Sable Harbor & Pier

Oscoda Beach Park & Pier

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Tawas Point Lighthouse

Old Bailey School

Paul Bunyan Statue & Oddities

The two RV Gypsies drove on the River Road Scenic Byway, a 22-mile drive between Oscoda and South Branch that runs parallel with the beautiful Au Sable River. It is a designated National Scenic Byway. The Lumberman's Monument, Canoer's Memorial, Iargo Springs, and Foote Pond Scenic Overlook are all attractions off of the River Road Scenic Byway.

Lumberman's Monument

Canoer's Memorial

Iargo Springs (beautiful)

Foote Pond Scenic Overlook

Cooke Pond, Horseshoe Island, Au Sable River,
and 544 steps

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have seen all eleven (11) sections above, please continue on to Mackinac Island /Mackinaw City and 2 lighthouses