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by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Pontoon boat
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: Pontoon boat

It would be interesting, for sure. I think wind (and how pontoons just love to glide sideways) might be an issue if near the shore, of course, but being careful is what it's about. I've often thought some day about bringing out a Grumman square stern Sportboat/canoe to the Isle. Not entirely practic...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: History
Topic: 1936 Fire
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: 1936 Fire

Doh. Case of the Mondays. Just realized I said west of Siskiwit Camp, but it's west of Siskiwit Falls, which is of course the Malone Camp. The NatGeo map shows where they were - for instance, the "Falls" marker shown above appears on the topo map as "663 Delta/Triangle" - Marking the elevation and t...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: History
Topic: 1936 Fire
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: 1936 Fire

A good ten plus years ago, "Bucket Bob" turned me on to the Isle Royale version of geocaching, going out and finding the various survey and triangulation markers used to map the island in the late 30s. When you find some of these, like the "Falls" point west of the Siskiwit camp, you realize the isl...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Pontoon boat
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: Pontoon boat

I can't say I have, but most of the pontoons purchased in the upper midwest are not the coastal designs that have larger and thicker floats designed for larger waters. I do hope this is something you've been planning for a bit, and it's not the result of ferry services being suspended.
by Tom
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale Webcams
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Isle Royale Webcams

When I was on Mott a couple years ago I went and found it and took a picture. She looked due for an update back then, too... Glad to know it's getting a refresh!
MottCamera.jpg
by Tom
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale Webcams
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Isle Royale Webcams

I know they added WIndigo a while back (last year?) but I hadn't checked Tobin lately. Looks like Midwest Ed may have gotten his wish to replace it or move it, because the current image seems much better and the camera also seems to be pointing in a different direction than I remember. Enjoy your fa...
by Tom
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR:6/28-7/5 2020 [Hiking] RH-DF-MC-MB-DF-TM-RH
Replies: 9
Views: 246

Re: TR:6/28-7/5 2020 [Hiking] RH-DF-MC-MB-DF-TM-RH

WOOHOO! A Trip Report! Thank you for filling our need this year, no worries on the length. We could read these all day. I'm so glad your 'first' trip went so well, and the kids are already discussing the next one. That's the hallmark of a successful trip, but also perhaps why Isle Royale is the most...
by Tom
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Sea kayak
Replies: 17
Views: 435

Re: Sea kayak

I'll be blunt. I think your options are very limited if existent at all, short of the ferry services returning to some form of limited service. I even looked up if you could ship your kayak via USPS, but using some random dimensions it would appear too large. I can only think of two legitimate metho...
by Tom
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Siskiwit Bay may be noisy
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Siskiwit Bay may be noisy

Spyder1 wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:35 pm
I have planned 2 nights there in September long done by then?
As a consolation, depending on when in September, Island Mine could be S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R. Fall is the only time I like that camp, nestled among the maples.
by Tom
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: June 2020 First Timers w/Kids Itinerary #2
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: June 2020 First Timers w/Kids Itinerary #2

If this is your first time on the island, I'm inclined to recommend saving Lane Cove for the end of the trip. While that first day's hike shakes the legs and gets them ready, that following morning when you need to hike out of Lane Cove might sour the experience. Best to tackle that once you have yo...
by Tom
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Lake Desor - How is it pronounced?
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: Lake Desor - How is it pronounced?

...As I think back, maybe I DO put the emphasis on the last syllable. It's so difficult to sound out by yourself and I've been told I already talk too much to myself. :P Since it's such a short word, and just two syllables, I say pick a version and say it with conviction, and who is to question you?...
by Tom
Fri May 29, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Lake Desor - How is it pronounced?
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: Lake Desor - How is it pronounced?

I've almost always heard it with emphasis on the first syllable, and most frequently as "Deh'-sore" but occasionally "Day'-sore." According to The Place Names of Isle Royale - Edward Desor was an assistant geologist with the Jackson Survey of 1847. He was the first to describe the glacial features o...
by Tom
Wed May 27, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Little Todd to Huginnin Cove
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Little Todd to Huginnin Cove

I think you'll have your answer on the first day. Normally most of us would tell you to "take the Tobin Harbor trail out of Rock Harbor" but I'm going to change it up, and say "Stay on the Rock Harbor trail." See how you feel after hiking into Moskey Basin. There are portions of that trail that will...
by Tom
Wed May 20, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale National Park Closed for 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 2239

Re: Isle Royale National Park Closed for 2020

Confusing. No ferry service but you can take the float plane? I would guess it's because they run on-demand, not on-schedule, if that makes sense. I would imagine the costs of doing business are covered exclusively by the ticket price and having only a couple folks on the plane, whereas the boats n...
by Tom
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Crooked Spoon burns in Grand Marais
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Crooked Spoon burns in Grand Marais

So unfortunate. In a follow-up article, some folks will recognize the Grand Marais Fire Chief, Ben Silence. (AKA Capt Benny of the Voyageur)

https://www.wtip.org/grand-marais-fire- ... and-marais