Royale National Park, Michigan 2002
are probably the thing that scare me the most about camping.
On Isle Royale there are no bears, so my next biggest fear about
the outdoors came in to play - lightning. I suppose it was around
8 then when I frantically started shoving everything into our
packs. I finally got most of the stuff in and was able to jump
out of the tent. Having no idea when Andy would be back from
his stove-mission, I was unsure of what to do...Pack up the tent,
or not? I looked up to see the sky flashing, and realized our
site was the highest in the area. So, at this point I basically
panicked. I hauled the packs out of the tent, put the raincovers
on, and started to break it down. Just in time for me to get
the rainfly off and the tent poles out, the sky let loose. Arrrrrgggggghh.
There was no way I was going to be able to fold up a wet tent
myself and get it into the bag, when it's normally a 2 person
job. I whipped the tarp over it all and after pacing around for
a bit wondering how not to get everything soaked, I took our
packs down to the bottom of the hill to check if the nearby shelter
was full. It was. I left the packs under a tree and went in search
of an open shelter. I was lucky enough to find one, and made
about 5 trips back & forth (no short distance) to get all
our stuff. I'm quite sure everyone thought I was nuts. Was able
to hang things up for a bit until Andy came strolling down the
trail. He didn't find any replacement parts for the stove, so
he ended up with the only alternative - "Magic Heat" -
some kind of sterno stuff that lasts for 6 hours. Good enough.
Was a rainy day hiking. The trail ran along
Lake Superior (sometimes quite close),
and over a lot of rocky ridges (treacherous in the rain). Oh
- forgot we saw a moose the day before off of the trail - a
cow. Didn't do much except look at us. Stopped for a break at
Daisy Farm campground where there was a large community shelter.
Good for getting out of the rain. Made it to Moskey Basin that
afternoon, on a bay on Superior. Didn't get a shelter which was
unfortunate, because they were right on the shore & would've
been cool to stay at. Sun came out that afternoon and we sat
out on the rocks for
awhile. Used the Magic
Heat for supper and Andy gave it a "10."
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