June 26: Apostle Islands (by Madison)

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
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Trip End Sep 25, 2011


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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconson

Entry by Madison:

Today I woke up because Emma was screaming about something.  When I got up my dad told me we were going to go to Madeline Island, which is one of the Apostle Islands in Northern Wisconson. We went to the National Park Visitors Center to get some info on Madeline Island before we went.  While we were there I got a Junior Ranger program booklet.  When we left we rode our bikes down to the ferry we needed to take to get to the island.  When we got to Madeline Island We rode our bikes 7 mi. ( 11 km) to get to a beach.  The ride was mostly going up and down hills.   On the way we saw a sign that said 'Turtle Crossing', and sure enough we saw a turtle crossing the rode.  When we got to the beach we ate a yogurt and Pringles potato chips that my dad brought.  When we were done we went into the water, and it was COLD!  We stayed in for about 1 min. and then got out to build a sand castle .  When we were done building the castle, we went back into the water. It was a little warmer then earlier, and Katelyn and Emma dunked.  I don't know how they could have done it because it was so cold. They were trying to drunk me by pushing my head down but they couldn't do it.  When we were done playing in the water we went up and washed off our feet and bodies.  We rode our bikes back to the town, which was very small.  On our way we stopped and got ice cream. I chose Madeline Island Fudge, and we had to eat it on the boat.  When we got back to Bayfeild, we biked back to the National Park Office to meet with the Park Ranger and complete our Junior Ranger program.  The ranger gave us information on the Piping Plovers.  They are a small birds that are  very fast runners.  We learned that they are endangered.  We also learned that Long Island (part of Apostle Islands) is the only place  that they live in Wisconsin.  She told us a very interesting story about the piping plover:  One summer the day before they checked on the birds, a coyote ate all the baby eggs.  Because the Piping Plover is endangered, the National Park Service had 3 choices: 1) kill it, 2) trap it and relocate it, or 3) let it be.  They tried trapping it and relocating it but that didn't work, so they had to kill it.  When we were done learning about the Pipling Plover we were awarded our Junior Ranger badges.  We had to pledge that we had to keep the park clean and harmless.  When we left we went back to the campground and played with a girl named Ryan.  After we played with her we took a shower, ate dinner and went to bed.  We had a busy and fun day.
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Wendy on

I love how you ride your bikes everywhere and take ferries to all these islands! You are getting great exercise and learning so much about the US. I have to go on this same trip with Evan and Danielle. They would thik it was awesome! Really great planning. I was worried about the rain and fog and cold weather in the previous posts, but you made it. These lakes are beautiful!

mcgovern
mcgovern on

Just wait until you see our post from ND...we hiked 11 miles in tight hills, and ended with an encounter with a buffalo! Not something we'll ever see in West Chester!

Completing these adventures gives the girls so much confidence, and that is the objective. I just have to plan so I always have an escape of something goes wrong. I actually had to carry Katelyn on a hike because she got sick, but she finished strong and learned what she is capable of doing.

MOM on

LOVE THE BIKE SHIRTS! GREAT PICTURE TAKING~!! THE BUTTERFLIES, DEER, TURTLES, KIDS! HOW MUCH COFFEE R U DRINKING EVERY DAY?? :)

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