Travel Blogs from Isle Royale National Park, United States

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Finally Unplugged from the World, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Finally Unplugged from the World

A travel blog entry by atlpilot36

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... ;  Today I met Candy and Rolf Peterson who have been conducting a decades long study of the wolf and moose population on Isle Royale.  Indeed, they are great people, super friendly and live on the island I believe half the year.   We ...

Paddling All Day Long, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Paddling All Day Long

A travel blog entry by atlpilot36

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... our camp several miles to Tookers Island and then paddle out past Scoville Point which is the northernmost tip of the Isle Royale.  Of course open waters are part of the paddling experience and Lake Superior was tossing me around like a piece ...

No place like it., Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

No place like it.

A travel blog entry by dnladventures

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... to share and, if we did, we couldn't begin to relate what we've experienced on Isle Royale (our countries least visited and most returned-to national park!). Suffice it to say that our ambitious backcountry hiking itinerary was quickly stifled by tropical ...

Serenity Now, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Serenity Now

A travel blog entry by atlpilot36

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... after arriving we were on our way in kayaks to set up camp on Caribou Island.   It's across a channel from Isle Royale and this ensured that we wouldn't have to fight for limited camping space with backpackers exploring the main 30 ...

Rock Harbor to Three Mile, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Rock Harbor to Three Mile

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... ;d read that the Rock Harbor trail had lots of rocks and roots, but, as we would discover, like many things we read about Isle Royale, the authors had understated the situation. In fact, the trail consists of rocks and rocks and more rocks, or roots and ...

West Chickenbone to McCargoe Cove, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

West Chickenbone to McCargoe Cove

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... of people had hot sex in that shelter, multiple times. “I need a shower,” both of us can relate to. “Isle Royale is Boy Scout infested” describes a situation we are thankful we missed. Julie is fond of a Canadian flag drawn in red ...

McCargoe Cove to Todd Harbor, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

McCargoe Cove to Todd Harbor

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... “Is this the last one?” I could tell that neither one of them would say yes. Suggestion for improving the park: Strategically placed picnic tables on the trails. Interesting graffiti: In the loo, there’s a lively conversation about the ...

Todd Harbor to Little Todd Harbor, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Todd Harbor to Little Todd Harbor

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... sits up to look at it. When I wake in the middle of the night, stars fill the sky, a twinkling symphony of light. Suggestion for making the park better: Elevators. Interesting graffiti: What is interesting is that there is no graffiti at all, ...

Little Todd Harbor to North Lake Desor, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Little Todd Harbor to North Lake Desor

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... displays the trail in front of you as you “hike” along. You can choose from many different, beautiful locations, including Isle Royale. I’d probably be more likely to see a moose on Wii Isle Royale than on the real thing. We spot  ...

Three Mile to Moskey Basin, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Three Mile to Moskey Basin

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... as I rounded the corner of the shelter, and there is a dark, wet patch on the grass. Someone has peed on our path! Suggestion for improving the park: Tempur-Pedic mattresses in the shelters. Favorite graffiti: “Oatmeal never tasted so ...

Moskey Basin to West Chickenbone, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Moskey Basin to West Chickenbone

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... he told me a story about how he’d watched a wolf chase a moose into the water, I asked, "Oh, did that happen on Isle Royale?" “Yes.” “How many times have you been here?” Many people we met had been to the island before. ...

Slideshow: Blowdowns, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Slideshow: Blowdowns

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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In my first entry I mentioned sometimes having difficulty getting over blowdowns. Click the slideshow link to see some of the blowdowns I encountered this trip, from the easiest to the most difficult to traverse.   ...

The Feldtmann undergoes a transformation, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

The Feldtmann undergoes a transformation

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... me wonder how often the trails are changed. In last year’s blog, I wrote about how Julie had wanted to come back to Isle Royale since she was a teenager and some twenty or more years ago, planned a trip that later fell through. At that time, she ...

Day 9: Siskiwit Bay to Washington Creek, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Day 9: Siskiwit Bay to Washington Creek

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... Julie gets A Superior Death, which takes place here at Isle Royale, and I get Blind Descent, which takes place at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. On the way back to the campground, Julie stops. “What’s that?” she asks, pointing out ...

Hike Day 3: In which I am haunted, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Hike Day 3: In which I am haunted

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... a fire. Julie dowses what’s left of the flames and I read in the waning light. The novel, which takes place on Isle Royale in the winter, starts out with a scary scene and talks about the Windigo, a malevolent supernatural creature of Ojibwa myth ...

Day 4: Zeroing at Hatchet Lake, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Day 4: Zeroing at Hatchet Lake

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... second. But there’s a difference between the two trips. Latrines on Lake Superior sites are stocked with toilet paper by the park service. Inland sites (and some of the Minong sites) are not. Last year, the government supplied at least half my ...

Isle Royale National Park - Day 2, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Isle Royale National Park - Day 2

A travel blog entry by wheresgordon

... My quesadilla was very good and relatively inexpensive. After dinner I went to the ranger-lead talk on the Charismatic Megafauna of Isle Royale.  It was mostly about the ongoing study of the moose and wolf populations.  The relative isolation of ...

Day 7: Zero Day!, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Day 7: Zero Day!

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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Hike Stats: Wandering around Windigo, close to 5 miles for me and Julie, more like 12 for Zan   Zan gets up at dawn and takes a day hike to Hugginin Cove, around nine miles round trip. I would love to accompany her because the trail is amazing, with ...

Day 10: Washington Creek to Huginnin Cove, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Day 10: Washington Creek to Huginnin Cove

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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Today should be easy, I think as Julie and I roll up the tent without arguing over how it should be done. A hike of just 4.8 miles with a (relatively) light pack, it will be a piece of cake.  We’re headed to Huginnin Cove, at the northwest ...

Day 11: Hugginin Cove to Washington Creek, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Day 11: Hugginin Cove to Washington Creek

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... out of favor, but it has been six years since that trip.  I don’t know who is designing the clothing for Isle Royale, but I’d fire them. The only shirt I even remotely like is black with glow-in-the-dark images of the various animals on ...

Practically All the Way to Canada, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Practically All the Way to Canada

A travel blog entry by cphenly

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... saw Ranger Toting a Pistol; will have to find out what that is in aid of.  Maybe to defend the wolves from marauding tourists.) Isle Royale is about 45 miles long from end to end; the lodge, in which we, short-term visiting wimps that we are, are ...

Day 5: Hatchet Lake to South Lake Desor, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Day 5: Hatchet Lake to South Lake Desor

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... up whitecaps. The waves pound the shore. I wade in up to my thighs, and that’s plenty wet, and cold, enough. I park myself on a sunny log on shore and start a conversation with the hiker sitting nearby. He and his son are hiking the Greenstone, ...

Day 1: Rock Harbor to Lane Cove, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Day 1: Rock Harbor to Lane Cove

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... back on and trudge downhill to the Greenstone. I’ve hiked one mile and have seven to go. Jim DuFresne’s book, Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails and Water Routes is the primary, well, only, reference to hiking Isle Royale. In it, he says ...

Day 8: In which I meet a stinkbug, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Day 8: In which I meet a stinkbug

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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The ferry is late, as usual. While we wait, we listen to a lecture about the geology of Isle Royale given by Ranger Valerie. The history of rocks has never been of interest to me, yet I must confess that Ranger Valerie is entertaining and erudite. I ...

Michigan, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Michigan

A travel blog entry by 0cean

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No, That is NOT a Moose, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

No, That is NOT a Moose

A travel blog entry by cphenly

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... ).  She has a college degree in Parks and Recreation, and then she started applying.  There are 65 park service employees on Isle Royale, but only six Interpretive Rangers, and the competition is fierce.  There is a website listing all the ...

Hike Day 6: In which the Minong whups me, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Hike Day 6: In which the Minong whups me

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... from inside the shelter. “Think about how you felt last time we did the Minong.” I remember. I never wanted to come to Isle Royale again. I never wanted to backpack again. All I wanted was to go home to a soft bed and real food. This time, ...

Hike Day 6: The Minong vs the Tough Mudder, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Hike Day 6: The Minong vs the Tough Mudder

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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Hiking Stats: North Lake Desor to Evil Beaver Dam, around 8 miles The tiny beep beep beep of the alarm on my watch fails to get anyone's attention at five forty-five am, so it’s a good thing my bladder doubles as an alarm clock. I get us out of bed ...

Isle Royale National Park - Day 1, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

Isle Royale National Park - Day 1

A travel blog entry by wheresgordon

I got up early, finished getting ready to visit Isle Royale National Park and then headed over to catch the Isle Royale Queen IV from Copper Harbor to Rock Harbor on the island of Isle Royale. The Isle Royale Queen IV is one of four ferries that ...

A Wet RIde Home, Isle Royale National Park, United States travel blog

A Wet RIde Home

A travel blog entry by mlloyd

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... in the morning. Eating real food again is wonderful. Sleeping in a bed again is wonderful. Seeing my kitties again is wonderful.   But I still wish I were back on Isle Royale. *I weighed a standard 750 ml bottle of wine: 2.75 ...

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