Saturday, September 24, 2016

The heat of August along Lake Superior

August, 2016:  August continued where July left off with hot temps, glorious swimming days and many wonderful days on the waters of Lake Superior.  By the middle of month, the winds had begun to pick up, a sure sign of late summer.  As the blueberries began to fade, the thimbleberries took their place.  Our fridge and freezer is full of thimbleberry jam!  Add that to fresh, homemade bread...yum!! 

We got out on a number of backcountry trips, with campsites at Moskey Basin, Threemile and Lake Richie, as well as a fun little camping outing right here at Rock Harbor campground.  Our trip to Lake Richie involved a boat trip to Moskey and a 2 mile backpacking trail out to Richie.  Jasper had a blast and carried his own backpack much of the way!  Once out at the lake, we played in the water for a long time (then pulled the leaches off from between our toes...), and spent some wonderful time canoeing around the lake.  At sunset, we glided along the glass-calm waters past islands and calling loons. 

The island continues to be very busy as we approached and went through the centennial.  Still many medicals and search and rescues out there.  For work, I got out scuba diving in several places, and spent lots of time on boat, trail, kayak and canoe patrol.  Sometimes, I forget I'm actually working! 

At the end of the month, we enjoyed a wonderful visit from my mom and dad.  Jasper was SO excited to have Grandma and Grandpa come for a visit!  He proudly showed them all of his favorite places in Rock Harbor.  We got out boating a lot, did some hiking and watched a huge bull moose swimming from island to island in Tobin Harbor. 
A happy kid in front of our home on Isle Royale

Canoeing time!

Pure joy!

Jasper ready to canoe near Lake Richie

Beaver outside of our campsite at Moskey Basin

Sunrise at Moskey Basin

Early morning light at Lake Richie

My favorite little boy!

Heading out on a hike with Grandma and Grandpa

Boating with the family

Exploring around Rock Harbor with Grandma and Grandpa

A happy visit with Grandma and Grandpa!

At the America Dock

A big bull moose crossing Tobin Harbor

Almost ready for the rut...

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