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by dcclark
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Three Mile Campsite Question
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: Three Mile Campsite Question

Tent sites all have 2 or 3 pads in them and are meant to be shared. Don't be afraid to ask to join an occupied site! In the worst case, you can set up in one of the group sites -- nothing special, but they're big and you can use them if you need to.
by dcclark
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 10
Views: 380

Re: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]

Impeccable trip report, and some good pics. Thank you for sharing. Your details of some of my favorite campsites really bring me back and make me miss it. Thanks! You'll see many more, and better, pics once I get photos edited and posted on my blog. A few days ago, I was going through boxes of maps...
by dcclark
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: chief54 first 2019 images
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: chief54 first 2019 images

Fantastic. Makes me want to dedicate a trip to doing something of this sort -- I'm envious of your dedication!
by dcclark
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Chief54 Prelim Report
Replies: 11
Views: 280

Re: Chief54 Prelim Report

I'm not clear about the purpose of altering the dam. Was it to lower the water enough for the crew to fix up the boardwalk, and then they assumed beavers would restore the dam to its previous state? Or were they trying to permanently lower the water (to avoid changing the boardwalk)? In either case,...
by dcclark
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 10
Views: 380

Re: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]

Thanks all! There is definitely a feeling that when you're on the island, you're in it together with everyone (well, except maybe the guys smoking cigars and buying the store out of beer). But that feeling seemed closer to the surface on this trip. Maybe it was the relatively small number of people,...
by dcclark
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2 - 6/7 2019 [Ishpeming Trail > Greenstone Trail > Windigo]
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: TR: 6/2 - 6/7 2019 [Ishpeming Trail > Greenstone Trail > Windigo]

Glad to hear that you had a good time, despite all the difficulties. Weather on the island can be really hard to predict! We treated ourselves to some of the food in the general store. Not as expensive as you would think for a store in the middle of nowhere. I'm always amazed at this too. Some of th...
by dcclark
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Input...
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: Itinerary Input...

Depending on the timing, you could take the Voyageur to Chippewa Harbor. It's much cheaper than a water taxi in most cases. But, it may mean staying an extra night in Rock Harbor.
by dcclark
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: History
Topic: Daisy Farm concrete foundations
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Daisy Farm concrete foundations

Thanks, both! CCC origins make sense. There is a watertower in Ed's first photo that could account for the 4 concrete footings.
by dcclark
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Finally getting to the Island, a few questions on sites
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Finally getting to the Island, a few questions on sites

Welcome to the forums (and, soon, to Isle Royale!). How busy are these camp grounds this time of year? As of 6/8 the boat from CH on our date of departure shows 5 remaining spots. I envision the off spoken of rush to 3M to grab one of the 12 sites. Should I instead hunker down at RH or maybe try for...
by dcclark
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: History
Topic: Daisy Farm concrete foundations
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Daisy Farm concrete foundations

On my May trip to the island this year, I poked around the west side of Daisy Farm: Shelter #1 and the trail to the (new?) ranger's residence. Along the way, I found some mysterious concrete foundations. I'd like to know if anyone can tell me the history of them. Here's Shelter #1, which is hidden b...
by dcclark
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 10
Views: 380

TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]

In response to torpified's plea for trip reports, I humbly submit this report. I discovered that I had a lot more to say than I initially thought (and that the board won't let me upload more than 3 photos per post), so I'll be writing up a much longer report on my hiking blog along with many, many p...
by dcclark
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 389

Re: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

Whenever I see those huge trees being felled by beavers, I can't but help but want to stop one and ask, "Now, exactly how to you plan to move that once it's down?" I wonder that too, especially when I see tragedies like the one below: against the odds, heroic beavers manage to gnaw clear through a ...
by dcclark
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: a plea for trip reports!!
Replies: 9
Views: 533

Re: a plea for trip reports!!

Just got back from a solo Monday - Friday trip with spectacular weather. It was by far the most social Isle Royale trip I've ever had. I met and hung out with tons of wonderful folks, almost entirely new to the island (it was my 3rd trip). I'll post a short summary soon and then write long (looooong...
by dcclark
Thu May 23, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feeble First-Timer, Seeking Affirmation
Replies: 21
Views: 727

Re: Feeble First-Timer, Seeking Affirmation

To save a bit of money and get the advantage of starting at a more distant point, you could see about taking the Voyageur from Rock Harbor to Chippewa Harbor. It's much cheaper than a water taxi -- downside is that you usually have to wait a day in Rock Harbor to pick it up (but then you could day-h...
by dcclark
Thu May 23, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feeble First-Timer, Seeking Affirmation
Replies: 21
Views: 727

Re: Feeble First-Timer, Seeking Affirmation

I'd say this is a great plan overall. You'll get to see a lot of lovely places and actually enjoy them, because you shouldn't be too worn out. My only real comment is that you should plan a rest day somewhere. Even though your days are relatively short, it's good to rest and recuperate a bit. Plus, ...