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by Tom
Tue May 22, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: May 2018 McCargo-Daisy-Moskey-Chippewa
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Re: May 2018 McCargo-Daisy-Moskey-Chippewa

Woohoo! Thanks for a great start to the 2018 Trip Report season! I love reading other's experiences on the Island, and yours is no exception. Glad the weather and trails cooperated. I recall one of my first trips to the Isle in the 90s when the moose population was high, and the repeated need to sto...
by Tom
Wed May 02, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Opening Day Weather
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Opening Day Weather

Looks like the Ranger III made it to the Mott Dock today! I saw the backhoe breaking up the ice along the dock earlier this morning.
by Tom
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Aurora caught on webcam
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: Aurora caught on webcam

Yeah, Occam's Razor would say that, too... Here's where motion from the camera would help, to see if they're dancing. While they solar activity has been low, there are blips. There was a G2 (Moderate) Geomagnetic Storm at that same time with Kp6, So it's possible. Only the moose and wolves will know...
by Tom
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Aurora caught on webcam
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Aurora caught on webcam

..At least it certainly looks like it. And the Moon. It was bright enough to enable the solar panel, I guess! The Mott Island Webcam works tirelessly to provide us a glimpse of our park when we aren't there. Image from 12:42AM on 20 Apr 2018. Mott_20Apr2018.jpg (Now if they'd only put one at Moskey ...
by Tom
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: 1400 (not so random) Views from Mott Island in 6 & 1/2 minutes over 2 Years and 8 Seasons (2016 to 2018)
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: 1400 (not so random) Views from Mott Island in 6 & 1/2 minutes over 2 Years and 8 Seasons (2016 to 2018)

This is awesome. I just wish someone would get out and fix the current fuzzy focus problem. :D
torpified wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:52 am
Was that some sort of pirate ship I saw docked early on?
Indeed! viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3130
by Tom
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Minong in May?
Replies: 13
Views: 1075

Re: Minong in May?

Not unlike "will it rain during my trip?" questions, the same level of variability exists with the spring melt. Right now the area is seeing a cool bias and is expected to see that into April; the melt is certainly slow in MN and the NE tip of the state still has plenty of snow. Will it be here in e...
by Tom
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Vegan Backpacking Food
Replies: 12
Views: 1085

Re: Vegan Backpacking Food

While you can't sort/search by it, some of the items from Cache Lake (http://cachelake.com/) would qualify as Vegan, I'm guessing. They list all their ingredients. They have a bean dip you spread on a tortilla that is solid; potatoes; soups; and an awesome wild rice salad...
by Tom
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!
Replies: 18
Views: 2910

2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

A new year brings us a new trip log! Once finalized as best as possible, post your itinerary, and then look around the list at who may else be enjoying a trip at the same time. It's a great opportunity to make new friends on the isle. If you have questions or want feedback on your planned trip, cons...
by Tom
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: when/why does freezing damage water filters
Replies: 3
Views: 432

Re: when/why does freezing damage water filters

(Warning: if this gets answered, I also have questions about how a device could possibly simultaneously be an altimeter, a barometer, and thermometer. I remember just enough high school chemistry to constantly be perplexed by backpacking gear . . . ) Thesneakymonkey correctly answered why many wate...
by Tom
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 18
Views: 1284

Re: Shelters

You only find shelters (and picnic tables) at sites on Superior that have docks. Lake Superior sites like Hugginin, Little Todd, and Lane Cove all lack shelters, as well. I'm nearly certain it all comes down to logistics; it's just difficult to get materials inland and so it's limited to some locati...
by Tom
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Are bikes coming to Isle Royale?
Replies: 3
Views: 529

Are bikes coming to Isle Royale?

Congress is considering a change to the Wilderness Act: http://www.twincities.com/2017/12/05/congress-considers-allowing-bikes-other-wheeled-devices-in-wilderness-areas/ It would appear the Park Superintendent/NPS could still forbid them, which is still what they do in the 'non-wilderness' areas as ...
by Tom
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Reintroduction of Lynx
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Reintroduction of Lynx

Interesting article talking about the possibility to consider bringing Lynx back to the island, to coexist with wolves.

http://www.miningjournal.net/news/front ... roduction/
by Tom
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: More on Algae blooms
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Re: More on Algae blooms

Very interesting article, John. I hadn't even thought of the "it shouldn't be happening here based on why we think it occurs" until they noted it. Clearly, it's not just eutrophication that creates a bloom. It will be interesting to follow the research. Would it be wrong for me to infer from the nam...
by Tom
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: trail runners?
Replies: 15
Views: 1754

Re: trail runners?

I'm with Donk_67; everyone should hike their own hike. While the Coast Guard has formal regulations on the water (motors yield to sails, paddles, etc) it's just common courtesy for our trails. Everyone should be able to enjoy them as they see fit. I can't say I would share Jim's reaction, it seems m...
by Tom
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: general conditions--July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

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...