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    • Who wants to get away from the crowd?
      For my east of the Mississippi friends, here is one America's finest wilderness destinations, Isle Royale National Park, in Lake Superior. Perhaps the least visited National Park in the lower 48, thus allowing for some serious wilderness time. There are two boats from the Upper Peninsula & one from Minnesota that travel to the Island during the summer. And if one has a head for travel arrangements one may use these boats as a shuttle to visit all the parts of the Island without walking the length & breadth of it. Also the mail packet allows one to resupply without carrying a multi-day pack. I dont have such a head & did a 10 day solo on the island back in 2014.

    • Arriving at Rock Harbor on the North end of Isle Royale. I visited in September at the very end of the season; you don't want to be left behind when the National Park Service shutters the Park for the season. Two advantages of visiting this time of the year area: fewer people and fewer insects. I have read and been told the the insects of early summer are vicious.

    • It was well into the afternoon by the time I completed my paperwork with the National Park Sevice. I spent my first night in a screened Adirondack in Rock Harbor, and because there were so few hikers I had this one to my self. A fine start.

    • Ranger III operated by the National Park Service sails out of Houghton on the Upper Peninsula. Here she is seen on the coastal trail to Daisy Farm.

    • And Lake Riche is my first night on the trail. There are no Adirondacks here so I set up my shelter.

    • The next morning I joined the Greenstone Ridge Trail which is the through trail on the island.

    • Much of the Greenstone trail is was through a mixed deciduous forest with some conifers thrown in for good measure...

    • The Ishpeming Point lookout which, doesn't provide much of a lookout with the trees having grown up around it.

    • And then onto Lake Desor the site of my next camp. Here I met the first people I had seen since leaving Rock Harobour the previous morning.

    • The next day on the trail to Windigo on the west end of the Island. It is late September and autumn is starting to show her colors.

    • A quiet peaceful trail, only met on other hiker on the trail that day to Windigo. He was oncoming; we exchanged an nod in passing and kept on moving.

    • I had intended to hike back on the Minong Ridge Trail, but the next morning the Voyageur II arrived from Grand Protage, Minnesota arrived, and I hopped on for a run to McCargoe Cove. The Voyageur II is the mail boat and she circles the Isle Royale making a number of stops on her circuit. This allows hikers an opportunity to resupply on the trail.