My apologies for my extended absence, I've been busy enjoying summer in Wisconsin!

First, I spent 6 days and 5 nights backpacking at Isle Royale National Park. It's a large island (45mi x 12mi) in Lake Superior near Thunder Bay, Ontario. It's famous for having large populations of both wolves and moose, while having no white tail deer, elk or bear. So, ecologically, it's pretty unique and has been studied intensely. The wolves and moose did not arrive on the island until the 1940s when they came across the ice during a particularly cold winter. It's also well known for it's history of copper mining and resorts. Now, it's maintained as mostly wilderness by the National Park Service. It's accessible by ferry from Houghton or Copper Harbor Michigan or from Grand Portage Minnesota. We took the ferry, the 60' Voyageur II, from Grand Portage, a 2 1/2 hour ride on very bumpy seas to Windigo on the western end of the island and took 5 days to walk to Rock Harbor on the eastern end of the island via the Minong Ridge, Indian Portage, Greenstone Ridge, and Tobin Harbor trails (and a few cross trails). We saw several moose, a red fox, lots of snowshoe hare and many other critters, but the highlight was a very brief glimpse of a wolf. It was running down the trail ahead of us and I caught a brief look at it before it rounded a corner and was gone. All in all, a wonderful trip to a truly magical place. Nearly 60 miles of hiking and never once crossed a road and we saw maybe a couple dozen people the entire time. I'll be going back for certain.

Some photos...

Moose
From 2009 5/26-5/21 Isle Royale


Fairly typical trail along the Minong Ridge
From 2009 5/26-5/21 Isle Royale


Lake Superior from Todd Harbor
From 2009 5/26-5/21 Isle Royale


Sunset at Todd Harbor
From 2009 5/26-5/21 Isle Royale


Me on Mt Franklin
From 2009 5/26-5/21 Isle Royale


Ahhhhh... we made it to Rock Harbor
From 2009 5/26-5/21 Isle Royale


and a couple videos ...

Minong Ridge Trail east of North Lake Desore


Greenstone Ridge Trail between Mt Ojibway and Mt Franklin


Tobin Harbor Trail