Paddling All Day Long

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Dec 22, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Michigan
Sunday, September 11, 2011

Being in the wilderness with no connection to the outside world on a day like today is good for the soul.   Rather than wall to wall coverage of September 11th, all I am seeing is wall to wall blue skies, perfect temps and the largest freshwater lake in the world with my name all over it.

With a little bit of wind, Lake Superior is sort of showing what it can do.   Not too much but just enough to show off a little.  We paddled out to the northern tip of the island and the waves were swelling up to about 3 or 4 feet in places.  That is just enough to wobble the kayaks and make me pray I don't flip over.  

We decided to relocate 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 of cork bobbing up and down.   Obviously I survived and I didn't get dunked into the drink.

We rounded the tip and that steady 20 knot wind out of the north kicked up waves and swells just enough to show who's boss.  Not wanting to tempt mother nature we turned back and enjoyed water just rough enough to be an enjoyable challenge on the way back to Tookers.  These waves were much higher frequency than the ocean and they grew in height the closer to shore they came.  Another issue is the rocks under the water near the shoreline.  Hit one of those wrong and the whole kayak will flip right over.

I kept thinking about Candy's message about slowing down to listen to nature, but that is quite hard to do when mother nature is throwing curveballs like waves.   My only focus was staying upright but then again, I did come here for some adrenaline rush as well.  I think it all comes down to balance.   I need a challenge and Lake Superior sure is delivering now.

After a long day of paddling, once again I found my lakeside Hilton on a flat rock area a few feet from the water.   I am getting my best sleep in a long time this way.   Imagine sinking into your sleeping bag surrounded by nice cool air and the sound of waves hitting the shore right next to you.

I don't have any funny stories to tell today.  It's just been a relaxing day of all day paddling and disconnecting from the outside world.

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