04 Bayfield Peninsula

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
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Trip End Nov 05, 2008


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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Took many backroads along Lake Superior (most were just dead ends at the lake) and picked up some delicious smoked whitefish in Cornucopia. Finally, wended our way to a Red Cliff Indian Reservation campground at Point Detour, the most northerly point of mainland in Wisconsin. The campsite overlooks the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore -- an extremely peaceful spot which will be home for the next three nights.

So far, there is always a wind coming from the North-West and the waves are one to two feet high (although sometimes it is pretty calm in the mornings and evenings). Hiked to Sand Bay for a picnic and had my first quick, cold (read freezing) "bath" in Lake Superior -- even Bogie refuses to chase sticks into the water. After a quiet read on the beach, we pushed on to Eagle Bay which is a sacred Indian location... After dinner, just finished the dishes before a huge short-lived (30 minutes) thunderstorm arrived -- these are supposedly typical in the summer months.

Hiked to the caves from Meyers Beach and got stuck (soaked) in a huge squall on the return; the trail turned to mud and I fell a couple of times (thankfully uneventfully) - Bogie needed to be on a leash due to the severity of the storm and most kayakers beached for an hour until it subsided. After changing into dry clothes, the van sidled over to Cornucopia for a hot lunch of Whitefish chowder plus pizza and local beer -- all were excellent.

On our last day in the Bayfield Peninsula, we took Bogie on a ferry ride to Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands, for a hike about the town and lunch in Tom's Burned Down Cafe (lots of cute wall hyrogliphics). Took a quick drive around Bayfield on our return to the mainland before continuing our jaunt around the lake -- next stop the Porcupine Mountains.

Tidbits (courtesy of Tom's Cafe):
- Red meat is not bad for you; fuzzy greenish-blue meat is bad for you.
- You've only got one liver -- SO LIVER UP !
- Our technology is such that we can spread darkness at the spedd of light.
- Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.
- Even the harshest of things have beauty.
AND for those still working,
- Can I trade this job for what's behind door number two.
- I am not a failure; I just started at the bottom and I like it here :).
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