Posts Tagged: ‘WI’

End of Summer

September 9, 2017 Posted by Deb

Hauling the Toys Out of the Water

We spent Labor Day weekend with the Cast Iron Canoe Club on Silver Lake in Siren, WI, at Jeff and JoAnn Buse’s cabin. Everyone brought plenty of food and we had to power eat all the hot dogs for the final meal after doing haulout chores. Sad to report that we failed to eat them all.

Chuck & Jeff Solving Problems

Chuck & Jeff Solving Problems

Lakeshore Chores

Lakeshore Chores

Who's Putting in the Most Effort Here?

Who’s Putting in the Most Effort Here?

Down to Hiking

With Deb’s broken wrist and my recent round of racquetball injuries, we’re down to hiking. We’ve knocked down Afton State Park and the Woodbury lakes for many miles while Deb waits to get the word on her wrist. In anticipation of good news, she took her bike in for all new shifters and a new derailer so she doesn’t have to twist too hard with her right hand. We’ve had Minnesota perfect hiking weather.

Hot dogs, Busch, and Ice

Hot dogs, Busch, and Ice

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Afton State Park

Afton State Park

Spending Some Family Time

Deb snuck away with a broken arm to visit family in Iowa.

The Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs

Alison Comes to Minnesota for the Granite Games

Alison Comes to Minnesota for the Granite Games

One Strong Team

One Strong Team

40th Anniversary in the Land of Gitchigumi

September 2, 2015 Posted by Deb

Not to be taken lightly. We will probably need more than a nice restaurant. Hmmmm.

We kicked around anniversary ideas of a health spa in Utah, the Mississippi River trip, and a few plane ticket type events. Out of nowhere we decided to take our little Hobie trimaran up to the Apostle Islands and graduate to the big leagues. Lake Superior is also not to be taken lightly.

We stopped by the pole barn in Iowa on the way back from Colorado and grabbed our backpacking gear including a small tent, our Therm-A-Rests, cooking gear, and the rest of a long list. We then went shopping at Cabela’s and REI for the remainder of what we needed to put four days worth of food and gear into the trimaran. Craigslist yielded the full wetsuits we needed since ours are still on the boat.

Can't Believe We Made All This Fit in our Little Hobie Trimaran

Can’t Believe We Made All This Fit in our Little Hobie Trimaran

The literature put out by the Forest Service and the kayak companies had us a bit freaked out as to the kind of trouble we could be getting into. The water is in the upper 40’s and may reach 50 degrees. That will kill you pretty quickly. It boils down to weather, weather, and weather. All the other cautions like proper communications, wilderness equipment, route planning, and bears are not that difficult for sailor/backpacker types. Just to be safe and have options we set up a base camp at the marina in Cornucopia and got permits for Oak and Sand Islands for the same set of days. We got to Cornucopia, the furthest west town in Wisconsin, set up base camp, and left for Oak Island the next morning.

The following shots tell the story. Bottom line … that little trimaran is a perfect tool for the Apostle Islands.

Base Camp in Siskowit Marina, Cornucopia

Base Camp in Siskowit Marina, Cornucopia

Oak Island Group Site A

Oak Island Group Site A

Sand Island

Sand Island

Sand Island Cliffs with Steve

Sand Island Cliffs with Steve

Sand Island Pillars

Sand Island Pillars

Heading Into the Caves

Heading Into the Caves

The Gate to the Mines of Moria

The Gate to the Mines of Moria

We’ll Be Right Behind You All The Way

We’ll Be Right Behind You All The Way

Mast Down, Outriggers In

Mast Down, Outriggers In

Beer Cooler Lake Superior Style

47-Degree Beer Cooler Compliments of Lake Superior

Sand Island Boardwalk

Sand Island Boardwalk

Sand Island Lighthouse

Sand Island Lighthouse

We stopped by base camp after a night on Sand Island, primarily because we were tired of Therm-A-Rests and small tents. We stumbled onto a Greg Brown concert at the Big Top thanks to a heads up from Steve and Cherie. Good seats were still available and that guy is funny. Oh … he sings pretty good too.

Greg Brown Under the Big Top Tent in Bayfield

Greg Brown Under the Big Top Tent in Bayfield

Caves on the Mainland

Caves on the Mainland

Small Body of Water

Small Body of Water

More Mainland Caves

More Mainland Caves

Who's That on the Back of the Trimaran

Who’s That on the Back of the Trimaran