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by MikeT
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Colorado Hikers to Isle Royale
Replies: 13
Views: 617

Re: Colorado Hikers to Isle Royale

Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Lines rents canoes. they are $30 per day $175 week 17' aluminum canoe w/paddles and 2 PFDs. (Does not include transportation to or from the island). I would think your best bet for the first time is the McCargoe to Chippewa or Malone Bay route. The Belle Isle...
by MikeT
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 1st time ever! Input please
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: 1st time ever! Input please

That is a nice itinerary. As said, that first day will be a long one. I would definitely take the Tobin Harbor trail and cut down to the Rock Harbor trail as it is easier and thus, faster. Leaving Daisy and going back via the Greenstone is a pretty easy walk once up. Plan on stopping at Mount Frankl...
by MikeT
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

I'm thinking they may have to study how/where to capture them and how/where to introduce them. It might not be in my lifetime :-)
by MikeT
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 26
Views: 2150

Re: Shelters

You can see on the National Geographic map of the park, all the campgrounds with existing shelters have been carved out of the wilderness designation, which allows the park service to maintain and replace existing structures in those areas. I like the theory, but I'm not sure it's 100% true. There ...
by MikeT
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Reading "hopefully wheels will turn quickly" when reading about the government doing something, made me laugh out loud :lol: :lol:
by MikeT
Thu May 31, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Splitting Freeze Dried food(Mountain House)
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Splitting Freeze Dried food(Mountain House)

We use ziploc freezer bags too. Never had a problem. Pour water in the bag, stir it well, zip it up then put it in your cooking pot, put the lid on and place it under your sleeping bag. It stays hot and tends to absorb all of the water evenly. I have left them in for almost 2 hours and it was still ...
by MikeT
Tue May 22, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Shorts vs Pants in June
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Shorts vs Pants in June

I always wear "zip-off" pants to adapt to the conditions quickly. Along the big lake and on ridge tops, there are many days without bugs if the wind is blowing at all. Plus, I hike in shorts often with or without gaiters.
by MikeT
Wed May 02, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Au Sable River
Replies: 0
Views: 132

Au Sable River

All, Well, after the first boat being cancelled, we decided to go back to Sylvania Wilderness and, guess what, the lakes are still ice covered! So, we are now on plan #3: we are going to paddle the Au Sable River from Roscommon to Lake Huron. I have eyed this river for years, but never been on it. I...
by MikeT
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 251
Views: 62074

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

Great picture!!
by MikeT
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Opening Day Weather
Replies: 21
Views: 1549

Re: Opening Day Weather

We are also looking at the weather for the May 5th boat. It looks like a repeat of our Spring, 2013 trip, watching daily satellite imagery to see if the ice clears out. Imagery is available at: https://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/modis/modis.php?region=s This is the last clear one shown: MODIS 04-11-2...
by MikeT
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Fishing/Hiking w/9 year old son
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: Fishing/Hiking w/9 year old son

Canoes and boats can be rented from the lodge. It can be difficult to fish from the shore in a lot of areas. The majority of the lakeside campgrounds have docks to fish from. You need to have a Michigan fishing license when fishing in Lake Superior, but not on the inland lakes.
by MikeT
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: our first backpacking adventure
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: our first backpacking adventure

For a first trip, coming into Rock Harbor and leaving from Rock Harbor, the Rock Harbor loop is probably the best. If you can get to McCargoe, that adds a good side route. So.. RH to Three-Mile to Daisy to Moskey to Lake Richie to Chickenbone West to McCargoe to Chickenbone East (water on the way) o...
by MikeT
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 26
Views: 2150

Re: Shelters

It would not take a whole lot of work to move a shelter. I would not want to do it, but it would not be that hard. I'm thinking the shelters were moved and the shelter colors were changed to match the 1965 NPS plan (right now I forget what they called it). The colors of the shelters are pretty bad. ...
by MikeT
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 26
Views: 2150

Re: Shelters

Below is a picture of Daisy Farm from a 1963 postcard. Daisy Farm 1963 Postcard CROPPED.jpg Things have changed a lot in terms of fires (and a lot of other things). The text below is in the rules section of the 1953 park brochure: "Keep your camp clean. Whenever possible burn garbage in your campfir...
by MikeT
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 26
Views: 2150

Re: Shelters

As part of my long ongoing project to create a history book on the trails and campgrounds here is a couple of things on shelters. The chart below is from a 1965 park guide published by the National Park Service: 1965 Lakeside Camping Accommodations FROM BROCHURE.PNG Of note here is: - treated runnin...