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Isle Royale trip, part 2

My favorite campsite on Isle Royale is called Moskey Basin. It’s located at the innermost part of Rock Harbor.

There are shelters right on the water. Shelter #3 is the best:

Sheter #3 at Moskey Basin campsite

Sheter #3 at Moskey Basin campsite

The shelter is on a large rock face, which goes right down to the water. It’s like having a big front porch that ends at the water’s edge.

We got there early, and spent the day relaxing and enjoying the island.

Chilling at Moskey Basin

Chilling at Moskey Basin

 

Trail tacos for dinner

Trail tacos for dinner

Having to filter all your water makes yo appreciate the convenience of running water at home.

Having to filter all your water makes you appreciate the convenience of running water at home.

We had a full moon that night. The moon rose over the outer island right in front of our shelter.

Moon Over Moskey Basin

Moon Over Moskey Basin

Well rested the next day, we set off on the trail. We walked over 10 miles that day, which is a long hike on the rugged trail.

12 Stacy on the Trail

One of the high points on the Greenstone Ridge is Mt Ojibway. We enjoyed the views of the island, Lake Superior, and Canada off in the distance.

 

13Dennie On Ojibwe

Another high spot is Mt Franklin (named after Ben, I think). No safety rail, 1000 feet straight down, and three hours’ hike to a ranger station. That’s why I’m not standing any closer to the edge!

 

 

Mt. Franklin

Mt. Franklin

On our last night on the island, we tried the housekeeping cottages in the Rock Harbor area. They are very expensive, and pretty spartan, but after three nights on the trail, it was wonderful to take a hot shower.

Housekeeping cottages

Housekeeping cottages

Chilling in the cottage

Chilling in the cottage

On our last day, we took a boat tour of Tobin Harbor.

Fog on Rock Harbor

Fog on Rock Harbor

Fog rolled in that morning, showing another look at the island.

18 foggy island

 

The weather was bad on our drive back to civilization. It rained almost all way back from Copper Harbor to East Lansing. Driving across the Mackinac Bridge in the rain is not fun.

Yucky weather

Yucky weather

Another Isle Royale trip is done. I have been there three times now, and I can’t wait to go back. Evan is talking about a solo trip next year, so I think he loves it there as much as I do.

 

 

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