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by backwoods doc
Sun Jul 18, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: PLB vs. satellite communicator
Replies: 15
Views: 2804

Re: PLB vs. satellite communicator

Please report back on your impressions during setup and first usage. I just set-up the Garmin InReach MINI. The billing portion of Garmin's website wasn't working correctly last weekend, but they had the glitch fixed by Monday. The set-up required going to a couple of websites, reading instructions...
by backwoods doc
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Where to see a Moose?
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Where to see a Moose?

Washington Creek is near Windigo. There's a campground there.
by backwoods doc
Sun Jul 18, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Duluth to Grand Portage
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Duluth to Grand Portage

Other advantages to renting a car in Duluth and driving to Grand Portage: 1. You can easily buy fuel, lighters and any last minute food items in Duluth. 2. You can stop off at leisure at sites along the way (Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls). 3. You can poke around Grand Marais and get a dece...
by backwoods doc
Sun Jul 18, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Duluth to Grand Portage
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Duluth to Grand Portage

Though obviously an additional expense, the rental car sitting at the Grand Portage is also a nice place to store whatever clothes, etc that you'd rather not take out to the island. In a normal year, you can get a mid-size rental car in Duluth for $260 a week.
by backwoods doc
Sat Jul 17, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Duluth to Grand Portage
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Duluth to Grand Portage

When we fly in from Texas, we rent a car and let it sit for a week.
by backwoods doc
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Lake Ritchie Algae Bloom
Replies: 16
Views: 743

Re: Lake Ritchie Algae Bloom

If you did want to camp at Richie there is a waterfall the comes down just south of the campsite that was drinkable. Is it the Lake Richie campground or the Lake Richie Canoe campground that has the waterfall? And I'm confused about the location of the waterfall -- it looks like the lake itself is ...
by backwoods doc
Sat Jul 17, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Lake Ritchie Algae Bloom
Replies: 16
Views: 743

Re: Lake Ritchie Algae Bloom

Which campsite on Richie? Regular or canoe?
by backwoods doc
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: late July canoe trip: packs, sleeping bag
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: late July canoe trip: packs, sleeping bag

Brittanyp_10 wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 8:59 pm We're still planning our itinerary.
Hmm. I hope you've made ferry reservations, including any legs circumnavigating the island on the Voyageur II to get to good drop-off/pick-up spots. Word is that there are few if any spots left.
by backwoods doc
Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: '20-21 Wolf Moose Study report
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: '20-21 Wolf Moose Study report

Very nice. And accessible to the non-wildlife biologist.
by backwoods doc
Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: late July canoe trip: packs, sleeping bag
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: late July canoe trip: packs, sleeping bag

We use true backpacks on canoe trips to IR -- much more suited to the relatively long portages -- and likewise put our clothes and sleeping bags in watertight bags within our packs. So I think your 65L packs sound great. I would opt for a colder weather sleeping bag. We've seen low temps in the high...
by backwoods doc
Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Crowd size
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Crowd size

I keep hearing about national park attendance setting records. What has people's experience been with numbers of visitors to IR this summer?
by backwoods doc
Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Construction on Rt 61
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: Construction on Rt 61

Confirmation from the owners of the Outpost Motel, located just north of Grand Marais: "It is east (north) of our motel and between us and the ferry in Grand Portage. Typically it takes about a half hour to get there from here, but we have been telling people to allow for at least 45 minutes.&q...
by backwoods doc
Wed Jul 07, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Tents in Shelters
Replies: 13
Views: 607

Re: Tents in Shelters

Not clear to me why a picnic table ever needs to be moved inside a shelter.
by backwoods doc
Wed Jul 07, 2021 1:12 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Sandals on Greenstone Ridge
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Sandals on Greenstone Ridge

We wear sport sandals while canoeing the inland lakes -- the kind with the rubber toe covering. They work great for getting in and out of a Kevlar canoe without beaching it (or getting boots wet), but also provide enough toe protection for the portage trails.