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by torpified
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/25 - 6/2, 2019 [Windigo to Rock Harbor + Day Hikes!]
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: TR: 5/25 - 6/2, 2019 [Windigo to Rock Harbor + Day Hikes!]

Hooray! Thanks for the fantastic report and photos---I enjoyed them so much I don't even mind having "P is for Portage and that's good enough for me!" reverberating through my head for (I hope) the time being. I'm also grateful that you had audio confirmation that it was wolves you heard at McCargo....
by torpified
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Unusual Miky Way 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Unusual Miky Way 2019

Crikey! I'm rooting for bolides, which I didn't know existed until about 40 seconds ago.
by torpified
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: chief54 first 2019 images
Replies: 10
Views: 781

Re: chief54 first 2019 images

totally amazing! I had no Houghton loomed so much. Thanks!
by torpified
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 14
Views: 1023

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

dcclark wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:39 pm

Nicky - write your report! I'm curious to hear about the rest of you trip. Especially the wolves...
yes, do! (As for bobcat's suggestion: I'm a cruddy swimmer!)
by torpified
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 15
Views: 1099

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

thanks for the thanks! If the accounts are fun to read, I'm glad. They're certainly fun to write. Finding a place near camp with views and scribbling about the day is my favorite evening ritual. Like subsisting on ramen and wearing the same shirt for days on end, it fails to carry over to civilizati...
by torpified
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Chief54 Prelim Report
Replies: 15
Views: 943

Re: Chief54 Prelim Report

Welcome back, Chief! It sounds like I left just before the bloom got serious. Number me among those eagerly awaiting photos! I saw the biggest beaver dam and pond I have ever seen on the way from Daisy to Ojibway. A boardwalk went right across middle at height of around 6 feet and the water was even...
by torpified
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2 - 6/7 2019 [Ishpeming Trail > Greenstone Trail > Windigo]
Replies: 6
Views: 626

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

What an adventure---congratulations on contending with the elements and the deadfall! The trail to Malone Bay is still on my to-do list, and people don't write about it very often, so I'm grateful for the scouting report. Did the NPS people at Windigo give anything away about whether there were plan...
by torpified
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 14
Views: 1023

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

Thanks for answering my plea with a wonderful account of an awesome trip! (Perhaps the only thing that could have made it better was Doug actually finding the "beaver cave" under the Sandy dock as the Queen sounded her horn . . . . ) Social theory: the place does feel utterly unlike the social scene...
by torpified
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 15
Views: 1099

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 torpified
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 15
Views: 1099

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

#6: is from the Minong, somewhere west of Little Todd. I spared the audience the Mt Franklin selfie.

Short, blunt, castorine pyramid: hadn't occurred to me! Maybe they've been team-building in anticipation of facing off with the new wolves. Here is a low-quality photo of the cuts in question:
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Headed to island next week: advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 731

Re: Headed to island next week: advice?

weather: could be cooler than you'd expect---pack warm clothes! Also bug dope and headnets, in case the bugs are at full throttle. Spare shoes and extra socks, so that if you get a soaker on one of your outings, you'll have something dry to wear later that day. lodge: a stay comes with a halfday can...
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 15
Views: 1099

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

Monday June 3: Windigo to Rock Harbor (with the Voyageur’s help!) At Windigo last night, I told the father from the father-son team that I’d finished the serious backpacking part of my trip, and he told me that the son was nearly 16 and nearly an eagle scout. This morning he reported that, due to a ...
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 15
Views: 1099

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

Saturday June 1: McCargo to North Desor Overnight the loons sounded like feuding gangs of howler monkeys having a rumble. It seemed like something large was doing cannonballs off the dock. A wolf howled in a distance. It was cold enough that I wore more clothes than usual to bed, but not so cold tha...
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 15
Views: 1099

TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

Thursday May 30: Ann Arbor to Houghton Super 8 Mr torpified’s taxonomy of my activities includes the genus “hair-shirt backpacking trip.” Placing this excursion in that genus, he opted out. I made my way alone across two pleasant peninusulae to the Super 8 in Houghton. Friday May 31: Houghton Super ...
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to McCargoe June 22-26 -- Thoughts?
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Windigo to McCargoe June 22-26 -- Thoughts?

What Montana said! You're experienced, so you can keep your pack weight down by knowing what you don't need to take -- but prepared for rain, chilly conditions, and bugs. If your strapping hiking companions are agreeable, they may be willing to lighten your load further by carrying the lion's share ...