September Itinerary Advice

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September Itinerary Advice

Post by Tortuga » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:55 am

Hey folks,

I've got a trip coming up next month and want some feedback on a specific portion of the itinerary. Below is my current plan.

DAY DATE FROM TO

7 13-Sep NORTH DESOR HUGGININ COVE
8 14-Sep HUGGININ COVE WASHINGTON CREEK
9 15-Sep WASHINGTON CREEK SOUTH DESOR
10 16-Sep SOUTH DESOR HATCHET LAKE

My alternative is to skip Hugginin and go straight to Washington Creek/Windigo on Day 7. Then overnight at Island Mine on Day 8 before continuing the rest of the itinerary as planned.

Now I know Island Mine is routinely considered the worst campsite on the island along with East Chickenbone (which will never be on my itineraries after I walked through it last year!). I also know Hugginin is widely praised as one of the nicer ones.However, a stay at Island Mine does break up the trip to South Desor. Based on personal experience, what does this group suggest?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: September Itinerary Advice

Post by Ingo » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:13 am

I'd keep Huginnin in the plan and and have the alternative as Plan B if you feel you need a couple shorter days at that point. And there's nothing wrong with I.M. so long as there's water. Thought it was a pretty spot on a knoll in the woods.
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Re: September Itinerary Advice

Post by Tortuga » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:30 am

I guess thinking about it more, a short day after Hugginin means a long "free" day at Windigo. I was hoping for a shower at the Windigo end of my trip, but I guess the store will be closed by that point. I'm assuming there should be other things to check out, since it's almost a rest day at that point.

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Re: September Itinerary Advice

Post by Ingo » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:55 am

Tortuga wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:30 am
I guess thinking about it more, a short day after Hugginin means a long "free" day at Windigo. I was hoping for a shower at the Windigo end of my trip, but I guess the store will be closed by that point. I'm assuming there should be other things to check out, since it's almost a rest day at that point.
You may get lucky on the shower. The Greenstone says the store closes 9/9, but the camper cabins are open til 9/15. They'll be working to get things packed and closed up for the season, but if there's still hot water and you smile nice :) , you never know (but don't expect it, of course).
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Re: September Itinerary Advice

Post by Tortuga » Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:53 pm

Ingo wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:55 am
Tortuga wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:30 am
I guess thinking about it more, a short day after Hugginin means a long "free" day at Windigo. I was hoping for a shower at the Windigo end of my trip, but I guess the store will be closed by that point. I'm assuming there should be other things to check out, since it's almost a rest day at that point.
You may get lucky on the shower. The Greenstone says the store closes 9/9, but the camper cabins are open til 9/15. They'll be working to get things packed and closed up for the season, but if there's still hot water and you smile nice :) , you never know (but don't expect it, of course).
Fingers crossed! If I could do laundry and shower mid-trip that would be magical.

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