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by Tom
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Where to stay?
Replies: 8
Views: 261

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: 13
Views: 430

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: 532

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: 1757

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: 1757

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: 72

"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: 388

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...
by Tom
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: June fishing inland
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: June fishing inland

Short answer: Yes. For Chickenbone, both the West campsite, as well as the trail over to McCargoe offer plenty of places where you are along the shore and there is enough open space to cast. For Ritchie, there are several places, especially on the more eastern side of camp, where shore casting works...
by Tom
Tue May 22, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: May 2018 McCargo-Daisy-Moskey-Chippewa
Replies: 18
Views: 716

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: 1296

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: 386

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: 386

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: 486

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: 1132

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: 1157

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...