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... don’t recognize the people sitting to my left.
Julie hands me a ginger ale, which she picked up at the store to aid me in the event of nausea.
For some reason, the boat isn’t leaving the dock. When we see Ranger Valerie peering into the comfort station bathrooms, we realize they are missing someone. After ten minutes, the captain comes around to unmoor the boat. "Did you find the missing person?" the stranger next to me asks ...
... Zan! You’re back early!"
“I know, it’s crazy,” she says, putting her book on the table and walking over. “I hiked all the way to the campground, sat and ate, chatted with an old guy named Robert, hiked back, and was back here before eleven.”
With a pack, that would have taken us all day.
Zan doesn’t want to take another hike just yet, so we leave her to her book ...
... outside the shelter.
“I think you’re being too ******* yourself,” she says 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, even though I’m exhausted and my feet and knees hurt like hell, I don’t want to leave the island. Give me a day ...
... of saw blade. And like the TM, the Minong presents obstacles (oh, wait, I mean “opportunities”) to be overcome.
If we do indeed spend the night out of a campground, we need to make it to zone 20, which is about six miles into the hike. This is our first obstacle: Figuring out where the heck we are. The trail has no mile markers. There’s no line drawn across the landscape telling us when we’ve changed zones. All we can go by are features we find on the ...
... long it would take to reach our destination if I crawled the whole way.
This is supposed to be the hardest day of our trip, at least according to the trail guide, which warns that even strong, experienced hikers should expect to take at least four hours to hike the 5.5 miles between Little Todd and Lake Desor. Last time I did this stretch, the sun was bright and the heat about killed me. Today is cloudy, so heat won’t be a problem. I just have to avoid being hit ...