Monday, August 25, 2014

from the Shores on Kitchi Gummi

Copper Harbor -Departure Dock
Our latest venture took us to the quiet wilderness of Michigans' National Park-Isle Royale.

This has probably been the most difficult and expensive journey yet taken in pursuit of awesome views and remaining natural places. But of course it was worth it.

Centered on the IR Queen IV

Choice of arrival is by boat or seaplane. We chose the 3.5 hour ride over Lake Superior from Copper Harbor (quaint town for another story). Fortunately the waters were relatively calm as I positioned myself front and center to avoid any motion sickness.

The Lake runs 1000 feet deep and summer temperatures (for two weeks) bring the water temperature to only 50 degrees.  Remember this fresh water lake swallows huge tankers like appetifs at a ladies day luncheon.

Does the Edmond Fitzgerald ring a bell.

Rocky Island
We made the crossing to arrive in Rock Harbor aptly named for the mass of the island is the result of a large lava flow exposed by  glaciers. This island is not one big island but an archipelago consisting of 1 main island and 450 more surrounding and amid inner lakes.

Designated as an International Biosphere Reserve for it remains isolated from the rest of the world, it is a scientists dream for research and observation.

The alternative method of travel as seen from our canoe.

More from the Shores tomorrow.


  1. Thanks for taking us on your vacation with you. No wonder it's so expensive. Hey Erik, can you NOT paddle? Don't you want to be the first to be run over in a boat by a plane?

  2. I think I'd rather take the boat than one of those little puddle jumpers. Beautiful scenery.