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by Tom
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: general conditions--July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 594

Re: general conditions--July 2017

I think it's been two years since I was on the loop, and the conditions haven't changed. I'm actually a little surprised, at least in the Feldtman to Siskiwit segment where it does get so thick with alder and other woody species, that the NPS hasn't had a trail crew widen it out like they do on many...
by Tom
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: September trip
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: September trip

Of course Jerry! A great visit at Daisy Farm, from what I recall. It's always fun to meet the 'faces' of the forum!
by Tom
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: September trip
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: September trip

jerry wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:08 pm
I wonder how many businesses are still going in Grand Marais in September?
I'd guess all of them; some perhaps with extended hours. I think fall-color leaf season is one of the busiest times up the North Shore.
At least it always seems that way, from a traffic perspective...
by Tom
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Voyageur II and Queen IV schedule
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Voyageur II and Queen IV schedule

You should plan to stay a night at Rock Harbor (or another nearby camp.) The Queen and Voyageur II are not normally scheduled to be in port at the same time, and thus don't hope for a miracle... There are many variables; mostly on how many stops the V-II might have (McCargoe Cove and Belle Isle) and...
by Tom
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Duck ID
Replies: 2
Views: 257

Re: Duck ID

Doh. Tough call with the low light and no reference to size, but if they were diving about and given I've seen adults at Moskey before, they might be immature Goldeneyes. There might be a faint patch of white on that third one, but other than that no great plumage to date.
by Tom
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: McCargo or W. Chickenbone
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: McCargo or W. Chickenbone

Under most circumstances, I'd typically answer "McCargoe Cove" right away. It's an awesome camp; and compared to Chickenbone West it offers better water access, a dock, a community fire pit (and area to meet other hikers), shelters, and then the hike to the mines. There is just more to "do." However...
by Tom
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time back country camper. What to bring to Isle Royale?
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: First time back country camper. What to bring to Isle Royale?

Welcome to the forum, AdamisAngry. Thesneakymonkey provides good observations and if you've camped before, backpacking just changes the "should I pack it" with a weight and space consideration. Afterall, you need to carry everything with you. One note, however - If your water purifier works on UV si...
by Tom
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 7/7/2017 – 7/15/2017 [Windigo to Rock Harbor]
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: 7/7/2017 – 7/15/2017 [Windigo to Rock Harbor]

Thanks for the TR & the pics. I'm still trying to figure out when (if) I'll make it this year, and this provides some great inspiration!
(Personally, I kinda love 40s in July. Call me crazy.)
by Tom
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/1-7/8/2017 [Rock of Ages/Barnum Island]
Replies: 7
Views: 365

Re: TR: 7/1-7/8/2017 [Rock of Ages/Barnum Island]

Way to go, Fonix. Makes me want to apply for one of the future years... Not only for the opportunity to give back to the Island I love, but also to get an up close experience with Rock of Ages.
by Tom
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Advice on itinerary - late August
Replies: 6
Views: 531

Re: Advice on itinerary - late August

Given your limit on time and willingness to water taxi, I think you have a great hike planned. A few notes: Day one: Since you should have time, be sure to take the Stoll Trail out and back. Great intro the island. Day two: As you come in by taxi, you should see the "old school house" (not really) a...
by Tom
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feedback requested
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: Feedback requested

Welcome to the forum! A couple quick thoughts: August 28th - The requisite "take the Tobin Harbor trail and cut over at Suzy's Cave" advise applies; it just makes for an easier start. August 31st - Any reason you're zig-zagging at McCargoe Cove? There is a trail direct from McCargoe to Chickenbone E...
by Tom
Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/24/17 - 6/29/17 [Rock Harbor - Windigo]
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: TR: 6/24/17 - 6/29/17 [Rock Harbor - Windigo]

Glad to hear it went so well! It's so amazing how Isle Royale can go from "too much sun, need to find shade" to "way too cold, need to find sun" in a matter of hours.
Here's hoping you can add your names to the list that make Isle Royale the "most re-visited" National Park.

Tom
by Tom
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Trying to plan a first time canoe/portage trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1392

Re: Trying to plan a first time canoe/portage trip

Which, Ritchie--east or west, is "the canoe campground" ? The western campground on Lake Ritchie is commonly referred to as "Lake Ritchie Canoe" since it's only accessible by water. The eastern campground is accessible by trail, as well. New topic: in your opinion, do I need a canoe flotation devic...
by Tom
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Solo Kayaking inland lakes.
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: Solo Kayaking inland lakes.

I would say the most common inland water route, because of the way the ferry (Voyageur II) works, is as follows. Bodies of water listed. (* = Has a campsite available.) McCargoe Cove*-->Chickenbone**-->Livermore-->LeSage-->Ritchie**-->Intermediate*-->Siskiwit-->Wood*-->Whittlesey*-->Chippewa Harbor*...