A day in the islands

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Thompson's West End campground

Flag of United States  , Wisconsin
Sunday, August 9, 2009

We kicked off our day with coffee and fresh from the oven scones and breakfast bread.  All calorie free, of course.  Once full of caffeine and sugar we caravanned by 'towed' over to the town of Bayfield, population 611.  We've been told this population swells sometimes  to as many as 20,000 during the annual apple festival - hard to imagine.

Once we found parking we piled on board the Island Princess for our 3 hour tour of the Apostle Islands National Park.  This cruise was attended by the BAC group which number 25, needless to say we garnered alot of questions from our fellow cruisers about what exactly the  Beaver Ambassador Club is, it was fun meeting people and sharing our club and travels with them.  Who knows, maybe we met some future Beaver coach owners??

On our cruise we learned a few things which is always the sign of a successful day.  Did you know for instance that Lake Superior, which we were floating on, is the largest fresh water lake in the WORLD?  Or that it contains enough water to cover both North and South America with a foot of water? 

The chain of islands, 22 in total, that make up the Apostle's are the product of geological processes operating over a period of time which is difficult to comprehend.  The islands are in fact made up of layers of sand, gravel and stone which have been shaped over time by wind, water and ice. 

Our trip would take us past  most of these islands and there unique features.  It was a wonderful 3 hour tour which we hated see come to an end.  This area is very popular with boaters and kayakers who are allowed to camp out on some of the islands at National Park Service maintained campgrounds.  It almost makes us want to take up kayaking
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Once done with the trip we were on our own.  We chose to have a quick bite to eat in town before doing some shopping.  Once our obligatory t-shirts had been purchased we took a drive along the scenic shoreline, making a few stops along the way to take in the scenery. 
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