It is hard to imagine beating the views of Isle Royale from the Mount Ojibway fire tower. Now there is only a single chance to do so at Mount Franklin, all the way on the opposite side of my last stretch of the Greenstone Ridge Trail. The heat and humidity is not going to make
It is surprising how Daisy Farm Campground feels like home; especially given I stayed here only a single night. It must be due to the length of time passed, and all the events that took place since then. The feeling is quite enjoyable, since most of my Isle Royale trip entails constant bombardment of new
The final full day on Isle Royale arrives before sun up, no thanks to my watch’s alarm, which fails to rouse me as early as I planned. Luckily, my fine-tuned internal clock functions flawlessly, and my fourteenth day begins only a short time behind schedule. Thirteen miles is a lot to cover in one day,
Long backpacking trips often require hauling heavy packs full of extra food, fuel and other supplies, consumed on a daily basis. Sometimes a resupply box allows for reducing the backpack weight considerably. Unfortunately, resupply boxes are only an option when the US Postal Service or some other person/entity is available to drop off the box
The Lake Richie and Rock Harbor Trails’ intersection is only a short distance from Moskey Basin, the destination for my second to last night on Isle Royale. Moskey Basin was not on my original trip itinerary, I only added it after hearing it praised several times over the last thirteen days. According to DuFresne’s book
A good deal of my hike along the Indian Portage Trail is now behind me, and I stand at the portage to LeSage Lake while still early in the day with an important decision to make. Do I head back to LeSage Lake for a quick look or just head south to Lake Richie and
A description of the first part of three for the thirteenth day of my adventure to Isle Royale National Park during late summer 2011. the route takes me over the Greenstone Ridge passed Lakes Livermore and LeSage along the Indian Portage Trail.
Information is key to any successful venture. This is especially true during the planning process of a multi-week backpacking or canoe trip. So when I started planning my trip to Isle Royale National Park last summer, I turned to the Internet to find information on the Island. We are living in the information age after
A description of the final part of three for the twelth day of my adventure to Isle Royale National Park during late summer 2011. Descending from the Greenstone Ridge to West Chickenbone Lake for the evening. Deer mouse, great horned owl and moose are just a few examples of the wildlife encountered.
A description of the second part of three for the twelth day of my adventure to Isle Royale National Park during late summer 2011. My second to last segment of the Greenstone Ridge Trail took me from the Hatchet Lake Trail intersection all the way to the Indian Portage Trail.