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by Tom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/14-7/19 – Canoe paddle of the NE corner
Replies: 3
Views: 63

TR: 7/14-7/19 – Canoe paddle of the NE corner

This trip started as a redemption tour of a 2016 paddle we had on the Isle. In that trip, we enjoyed some amazing time on the North side of the NE corner, enjoying Belle Isle and the Five Fingers, and the various bays. Our second half of the trip, which was to be three days on Rock Harbor (the body ...
by Tom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: 10 days / 9 night food plan
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: 10 days / 9 night food plan

I hear ya. I switched it up to the Clif Builder's Protein for this trip, in chocolate, which is almost like candy. You'll want two for the hike between Desor North and Washington Creek. :P It is always funny how trail diet (and what appeals) shifts while hiking and camping.... I also rarely tend to ...
by Tom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: 10 days / 9 night food plan
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: 10 days / 9 night food plan

...I've never been able to justify the weight of candy. :lol: Love the rest of it, though. Do you ever carry energy/clif/protein bars in case you bonk on the trail? Don't forget that at that time on the Isle, you should be able to supplement with some berries. Blueberries will still be harvesting; y...
by Tom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Campsites Space
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Campsites Space

It sort of depends on the size of the tents, but even if they are traditional lightweight 2-man tents, most of the campsites can support two solid tent pads, the third can be iffy if existent at all. (BTW, while I know East Chickenbone is closer for your route, West is worth the extra miles. Way bet...
by Tom
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR:6/16-6/23 2018 [Windigo-Isle mine-Todd Harb-Mcargo-Threemile-Rock Harbor]
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: TR:6/16-6/23 2018 [Windigo-Isle mine-Todd Harb-Mcargo-Threemile-Rock Harbor]

Excellent TR. Glad to got to have a close up moose encounter on your first trip. I can't think of another National Park that makes that opportunity so available. (And in June, they are generally docile and just interested in eating. I've had them walk right past, browsing along the way, not caring a...
by Tom
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!
Replies: 24
Views: 4570

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Name: Tom Hometown: Near Stillwater, MN Arrival Date: 14 Jul 2018 Departure Date: 19 Jul 2018 Coming From/Via: Grand Portage Itinerary: It's a paddle of the NE corner, hoping to hit a few sites we were blown out of a couple years ago. Weather will dictate where we take the canoe, but may include Bel...
by Tom
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rock of Ages lighthouse restoration 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 582

Re: Rock of Ages lighthouse restoration 2018

RockofAgesCam.JPG
Well done, Fonix. Well done.
by Tom
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Trailfinding/Navigation (August)
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Trailfinding/Navigation (August)

All of the trails you will be on are well tread and easy to follow; there is a portion of the Feldtmann trail West of Siskiwit Bay camp that has been a bit overgrown the past couple years (maybe a crew finally got there) but other than that, just follow the trail in front of you. The trail intersect...
by Tom
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Where to stay?
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: Where to stay?

I have a personal theory that some moose (more than the normal amount) would hang out near Rock Harbor (and Windigo) during earlier years when the wolves were more predatory than now, with the reason being that they learned or could sense the relative absence of danger. Your theory is backed by con...
by Tom
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 912

Re: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH

torpified wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:23 am
.. a beaver the size of a Shetland pony...
"Rodents of unusual size? I don't think they exist."

Thanks for the TR. A great, fun read!
by Tom
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Chippewa Harbor or Moskey Basin
Replies: 13
Views: 790

Re: Chippewa Harbor or Moskey Basin

Wait. Why not East Chickenbone?!? :P I vote for this: Both! Chippewa night 1 and Moskey night 2 (over Richie). Then you get TWO great campsites. The hike from Ritchie to Moskey (and back the next day) is really not that bad (it can be a canoe portage) and the extra time is worth the camp, IMHO. Ritc...
by Tom
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 26
Views: 2145

Re: Shelters

Has anyone seen shelters of the Isle Royale design at any other parks or locations? We have not. Just kind of curious to know how unique they are to Isle Royale. I think I once read they are a four-sided variation of the "Adirondack lean-to" found on the Appalachian Trail in the Adirondack mountain...
by Tom
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 26
Views: 2145

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 Tom
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: "Madeline Island" by Owl City
Replies: 0
Views: 104

"Madeline Island" by Owl City

For those who have enjoyed the Apostle Islands Lakeshore, if you haven't heard it, enjoy "Madeline Island" by Owl City:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upr_52s ... e=youtu.be

Now, to convince Adam to go to Isle Royale, so he writes another song...
by Tom
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: June fishing inland
Replies: 9
Views: 808

Re: June fishing inland

I'll let others chime in if they've ever saw them get that big, but given the volume and size of the northern pike in many inland lakes, I think many of the perch get consumed as baitfish.. That said, I know I've watched them swimming (along with sunnies) at Ritchie in the past. Hopefully you can ca...