Monday, July 9, 2007
Apostle Outer Islands
Tuesday afternoon we left the cities for a week of paddling about the Apostle Islands, we hit Little Sand Bay by 8pm, that gave us an hour to load the boats, park the cars, paddle a 4 mile crossing to York Island for a 9pm sunset .... so without incident we managed to make the island a little past dark .. well .. 10 pm to be exact. Weather was nice, and a calm lake made the crossing enjoyable. Wednesday am we had some nice surfing waves en route to Cat Island, but for the most part, the whole week gave us calm water and light winds. Did I mention the flies ?!? There must have been a recent hatch, because Cat Island had plenty of them ... Dave O had the foresight to bring along a screen tent, which we soon came to call the "Bat Cave".
This well thought out tent was a saving grace for the times when the flies became hungry, and started adding us to the food chain! This was the first time I had been to Cat, Outer, and Stockton Islands. It was worth the wait, Cat and Outer Islands are quite a ways out from the mainland ... when you are sitting in a kayak paddling about 4 mph, and you see a thin line of trees on the horizon, you know to be your destination .. it can be a bit humbling. The last day was spent on Manitou Island, much closer to the landing than Outer, with a small black bear close by to give us some excitement, and a friendly sail boater ... made another nice day on the islands. I think we put on 60 miles or so over the week ... just enough to not forget the ibuprofen.