Day 0: Thursday, July 30
Like many of us this year, it was the first time on the seaplane for me and my traveling companion (henceforth known as TC). It was in fact her first visit to the island (and my sixth). Unlike other years, I got a good night's sleep the night before, partly because I didn't have to worry about oversleeping, as our flight wasn't until 4 pm.
We stopped at the Keweenaw Co-op Market & Deli for a few meal items and a last chance for fresh food before heading over to the seaplane.
The seaplane ride was loud, and faster than any ferry. We found out much later that earplugs were offered to other passengers and so knew to ask for them on the return flight.
Ranger Katie conducted our LNT orientation and permitting. It became clear that the group of five also on our flight had different expectations about their short visit, and she worked with them to make it an enjoyable success.
And then we were off to Three Mile via the Tobin Harbor Trail. I prefer it when I have a full pack, and then I like it on the return trip as a peaceful way to wind down.
- Throughout the trip, we encountered other hikers on every section of trail except three, which will be noted later.
- Without exception, we encountered deadfall on every section of trail we hiked, and we dealt with it in the usual ways. You will, too.