Journals From A 2002 Hike in Isle Royale National Park
August 18, 2002
Hard day yesterday. Packed up tent just in time for rain. Headed out of McCargoe to Big Todd in pouring rain. Lost trail atop a huge ridge & were going back & forth atop the ridge trying to find it – driving rain, cold winds – I was scared we’d get hypothermia! Finally found it & sun came out after a bit. Got to Big Todd & there was an empty shelter. Stopped to break for awhile – a couple guys came along from Hatchet & were glad to know we weren’t staying. Talked a bit & left around 1:00 for Little Todd. Walking was pretty easy – much better than the Greenstone Ridge (this is the Minong Ridge). Was a VERY windy day. Walking among the birch, we were scared a tree would fall & crush us – we heard many snapping. Got to Little Todd around 5:30 or so. One other person here, from the Twin Cities. We had a fire and some s’mores. We’ll head out for Desor soon. Andy might wash his hair – I did mine yesterday – COLD!
(note added 8-20) Found out later there were gale force winds this day – the Voyageur did not take passengers.
Made it to N. Desor around 2:30 today. The Minong Ridge is pretty grueling. Instead of just hills, it’s all rocky ridges – hard on the feet and legs! We made it in about 4 hours. Nice scenery along the way. Cool walk in to N. Desor – huge maples. Oh, reminds me – the biggest birch tree I’ve ever seen is on the trail from West Chickenbone to McCargoe – 3 feet in diameter? Anyway, it was like an oak – well, I suppose a small oak? Who knows, it was big. Nice sites here – no one’s shown up yet. Rocky slope down to the lake. Tried fishing for just a bit. Now we’re making supper. We’ve got to get going EARLY tomorrow if we want to make the boat @ 3:00. It’s about 13 miles, I think. We have to be on the trail by 6. Hope we can make it – that casino is sounding pretty comfy about now…