Friday, September 2, 2016

The very start of Summer on Isle Royale!

June, 2016:  Wildflowers erupted all over the island with the arrival of June.  Summer has begun!  We moved back in to our house in Rock Harbor and were once again, connected to the main trail system in the park.  Early June was rather foggy, but gradually the sunshine returned and brought many calm days.  We began exploring more and more in our Porta-bote...a 12 foot foldable skiff that we have with a 6 hp engine in the back.

Early in the month, we had a great visit from our friends Christy and Paul and their two kids.  Jasper had so much fun having playmates for a short time.  We got out on some great hikes and took our boat out for some exploring.    

In the middle of the month, we took the Ranger III off the island and drove down state for brother Mark's wedding.  We saw many family and friends during this whirlwind tour.  On our second to last night we stayed at the Bass Family's cottage on Lake Michigan, where we were able to swim and play on the beach.  Our final night of travels was spent at Lake Michigan Rec Area in the lower part of the UP.  We camped here with a strong wind off of Lake Michigan from the south.  The hypnotic sound of waves lulled us to sleep.

Back on Isle Royale, we got out on an overnight camping trip to Daisy Farm near the end of the month.  During this trip, we hiked the Daisy Farm triangle and saw 3 moose (cow and two calves)swimming in Lake Ojibway.   

Wildflower hike

Eastern Columbine

Susanna at the helm of our little boat!

Red fox along the trail

Out exploring in our boat with Christy, Paul and kids

Found this little explorer at Suzy's Cave out during one of my trail patrols! 

Great friends at the Bass Family cottage on Lake Michigan

Jasper finds a dragon fly very interesting!

Ahhh.... Summer!

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