Saturday, October 29, 2016

The progression of Fall on Isle Royale...

October, 2016:  The island is getting wilder and wilder.  I moved to Mott in early October and began the process of closing things up.  In mid October, I patrolled across the island on foot...a three day adventure in, what seemed like, my own personal National Park!  I spent the first night at East Chickenbone and the second night at South Lake Desor, taking the Greenstone across the spine of the island to Windigo. 

On the 20th of October, I helped throw the lines of the Ranger III, the last one of the year.  It was now down to just me and one other ranger.  We made sure everything was secure on the East end of the island and began systematically checking each campground on our way to the North Shore.  We spent a night at Amygdaloid on the way to Windigo on the West end.  After setting up life in Windigo, we patrolled throughout the West end until late October.  I made it out on hikes to Huginnin Cove, up the Minong, to the Feldtmann Tower and up to Grace Creek Overlook. 

Here are some of the highlights...
Daisy Farm Trail

Wolf tracks on the Daisy Farm Trail

Campsite at East Chickenbone

The Greenstone Ridge near Mt. Siskiwit

Hatchet Lake

Campsite at South Lake Desor

South Lake Desor

The Ranger III at Windigo on it's second to last run of 2016
Bull moose near Ojibway Tower

Feldtmann Tower

On patrol at the Feldtmann Tower

The "Goshawk" at Duncan Bay...nearing the end of the season!

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