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by Nick
Sat May 12, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Ice Coverage
Replies: 17
Views: 2125

Re: Ice Coverage

It should be. Things are pretty open up here now.
by Nick
Fri May 11, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th
Replies: 25
Views: 1773

Re: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th

Stopped by the Voyageur II dock and chatted with Captain Don. Only 14 scheduled first boaters. 10 being dropped off at Windigo, 3 at McCargoe Cove, and little ole me at Chippewa Harbor. Off the grid for two weeks. No phone, no lights, no motorcars, not a single luxury...
by Nick
Wed May 09, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feldtmann Loop vs Minong
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: Feldtmann Loop vs Minong

Personally, I'd take any bushwhacking off the table. I've seen far too many hikers schlepping in to a camp site torn to pieces after taking a back country shortcut. Most always, the common remark is, "It looked easy on the map." Bushwhacking on ISRO is brutal. I've done both the Feldtman Loop (once)...
by Nick
Tue May 01, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Opening Day Weather
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Opening Day Weather

I just took a look at the Grand Portage, MN web cam and it looks like the bay is clear of ice: https://www.mwhazecam.net/site.aspx?site=grand That said, here at the confluence of the St. Mary's River and Lake Huron, we still have a lot of ice. As the wind changes, so does the ice coverage. In DeTour...
by Nick
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Ice Breaking Operations
Replies: 7
Views: 744

Ice Breaking Operations

At the request of the National Park Service, the Coast Guard will break out the west end of the Keweenaw Waterway, April 23. The Park Service plans to launch the RANGER III later in the week. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ALDER will approach from the west and then establish a track in the ice under Ho...
by Nick
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Alternative to First Boats
Replies: 1
Views: 183

Alternative to First Boats

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We're ready. Voyageur? We don't need no Voyageur. Queen? We don't need no Queen. Just need a slight opening in the ice.
by Nick
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Voyager II (Rock Harbor to Windigo)
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Voyager II (Rock Harbor to Windigo)

You should get reservations ahead of time. I got mine last January. Just go to their web page to reserve.
by Nick
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Opening Day Weather
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Opening Day Weather

I'm still looking at solid ice across to Canada here at Paddler's Point, my home in the Eastern UP. Although warmer weather is predicted for the next few days, ice is very thick and I doubt if it will break up in the next month. Makes me wonder when the boat will be able to get into McCargo and if I...
by Nick
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th
Replies: 25
Views: 1773

Re: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th

Captain Don, Thanks for the call last night. I really appreciate it and I'm glad I was able to reschedule. Thanks for your professionalism. I kind of figured that the 5th would be cancelled, too. I'm sitting here in the UP looking across Lake Huron to Canada and the only open water is the shipping c...
by Nick
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Adding wolves to IR, how it would work
Replies: 11
Views: 916

Re: Adding wolves to IR, how it would work

I don't know if you noticed the suggestion that ISRO might be closed as early as this fall to allow the unmolested introduction of the new wolves. I, for one, would gladly forgo a fall trip to make the reintroduction more manageable. Might be hard to stop people that don't take the commercial vessel...
by Nick
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Opening Day Weather
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Opening Day Weather

I'm sitting here at my home in the Eastern U.P. I'm looking across two miles of solid ice, except for the shipping lanes, to Canada. The ice is probably 30" thick. I'm all packed for the Voyaguer II on May 5th. Food is all dehydrated and organized in tapered dry bags. I've test packed the kayak four...
by Nick
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Oil Spill in the Straits
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: Oil Spill in the Straits

Since this is close to where I live, here are some things going on. The Coast Guard has established an Emergency Operations Center to deal with this. It is my understanding that one of the high voltage electrical transmission lines was damaged and was leaking a substance akin to mineral oil. Last I ...
by Nick
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Vegan Backpacking Food
Replies: 12
Views: 1085

Re: Vegan Backpacking Food

I've made Chow Mien at home and dehydrated it and it's been great. I made a big pot of lentil soup and did the same. Most recently, I've done some Jimmy Dean sausage for hot sausage soup and found that a bit greasy if you don't rinse it really well. The Harmony House "meats" are soy based and not me...
by Nick
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 251
Views: 58732

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

Huginin Cove in early May.
by Nick
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

I'd invest in a Sun Shower if you can handle the extra weight (I kayak, so I have that luxury). Showers have never been open when I've been there in early May.