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Here are a few shots I never got around to posting from my week-long trip a month ago to Lake Superior's Apostle Islands. For the geographically challenged, that's the far NW corner of Wisconsin and yes the snow has melted up there by now. In the many trips I've taken up there over the years I've never seen mosquitoes as active - same with black bears. Headed back up this weekend so we'll see if the carnage continues.

1) The "sunrise thru the tent" shot. Surprisingly popular amongst the paddler friends.
2) The right side of that island is the northernmost point of Wisconsin. And home of some really cool sea caves. No, it's not always that calm, but good for exploring the caves.
3) Aforementioned sea caves. Hard to get a decent shot in them.
4) Aforementioned northernmost point. Record-setting warm water this year makes the cliff divers happy.
5) Back at camp with the boats put to bed for the night.
 

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1) One of these islands has these little waves that curl around the point in calm conditions. Stretches on like this for a mile up the beach in the right conditions. They're about 2" tall here, not exactly challenging conditions...
2) The tall ships were on their way to Duluth the next weekend so we saw this one go by. Not much carbon on those things, I'm guessing.
3) The time-honored tradition of stacking up rocks on the beach while watching the sunset.
4) Post-sunset festivities. That would be Ironwood island in the distance, nice place with a miserable camp site.
5) Pack it up, head 'em out - the last morning of another awesome week. Guy on the right trying to mellow out after seeing Boo-Boo near our campsite as we left.
 

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I don't even know what to say about this guy other than HTF did he get WTF out here? This is miles from the mainland... He looked pretty flippin' happy to be there though.

70 degree water in Lake Superior, out in the open. Just nuts.

//They don't let me in CX since I have a sloping TT.
 

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spent some time last september sailing around the apostle islands. It was warm then as well, with little wind. The water clarity is amazing.

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Pretty pix!

How far do you think you paddled every day?

BTW miss me with them greenland paddles.
 

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Great pics. Makes me want to go on a kayaking trip.
 

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drmayer said:
spent some time last september sailing around the apostle islands
Looks like you got to Devils too. Last year's Labor Day weekend up there was about as perfect as weather could get. Not counting on that this year...

Trip total was 83 miles. Nobody on the trip was up for big mileage days, and one or two were really short due to storms. I'd say 12-15 was a normal day on this trip.
 

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NOICE!

Let's say one were to consider taking up paddling of teh kayaks, and like that. What advice would you give?
 

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...Let's say one were to consider taking up paddling of teh kayaks, and like that. What advice would you give?
Do it, it just ain't all that hard to get started but don't be in any rush to buy a boat.

Lots of places rent, lots of folks give lessons. After a while you will know if you like it and what it is you like.

Then you spend money-but a lot less money than you would spend getting started cycling.

OMT always wear a PFD.
 

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Does KayaksDirect.com have good prices on Kayaks? Do they arrive well-packed in their boxes and require only minimal assembly? Can they be easily assembled by any mechanically-inclined person? Do they ride just as well as a much more expensive kayak? Do you feel superior for spending half of what the morons spent for a Trek/Specialized/Cannondale/Scott?
 

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Beautiful shots, KYKR.

Now I want to go out there. How likely do you make it that a rookie kayaker could make it all the way to those spots with the cliffs and caves?
 

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Man, beautiful terrain and water. I'm jealous, although I've got the Santa Fe and Suwannee Rivers not far from my front door. I'm thinking about doing some overnight boat-packing myself.
 

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Can someone recommend a laterally stiff yet vertically compliant kayak?
 

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Great shots. Those caves are awesome.

Does this mean you're not going to Wisconsin for Labor Day and instead you'll join us on the Chicago ride?
 

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Great shots. I'm jealous on many fronts, and if your July trip happened, you know why.


Kayak dork alert: Tell me more about your paddle holding solution.
 

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hey, if you did your apostle islands trip already, aint you free for labor day?
Concept: two Apostles trips, one year. :D

JP, call Living Adventure. That lake can get nutty, so being with a guide is highly recommended. There are others, but, well, call them. Really. Or another good option - shoot me a PM if you want to make the drive about mid-June next year.

MB1, recent news article from Chicago: All 68 drownings on Lake Michigan this year (yeah, yikes!) had one thing in common: No PFD.

Platy, I have one on order from them. I plan to pull the hardware, seat and hatch covers off of it and sell 'em on ebay. Free boat and still money ahead. Gaaarooonteeeeeed.

Dan, they're 1-1/2" PVC drain fittings from Home Depot. My spare will not ever come off by itself in the surf (again).

//Thanks y'all... Keep an eye on T0G for me over Labor Day in Chicago.
 
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