Saturday, July 7, 2012

Slate Islands kayak adventure

A kayak trip is not complete without a major wipe out
Back from another epic kayak adventure - this one to the Slate Islands in Lake Superior and Neys Park.

Highlights include:

  • man-eating waves and wipe-outs = bruises, lost sunglasses, and a gallon of water ingested. But wicked fun!
  • trout-infested waters allowing for delicious fresh shore-lunch served on rock platters
  • caribou sightings! Five in total, and one morning finding tracks less than a foot from our tent
  • a rather bumpy paddle in confused 3' seas through the fog along massive cliffs along west side of Slates. Amazing! And scary as heck!
  • EAGLES everywhere and a cool geological formation called shatter cone
first day Superior greeting us with style

Pic Island of Neys Park
I've just completed the 10 km open water crossing to the Slates
Caribou tracks

view from the tent
rod bent with 15 lb lake trout
shore lunch

unfortunately, no photos of the wild ride along the cliffs in the fog. both hands needed for the paddle!

Amazing trip! Now back to work and writing.

Anyone else have good summer vacation stories to share?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great photos! Spooky the caribou came so close - aren't they really big?
Too hot here to go outside for any reason.

Faith E. Hough said...

Wow, beautiful! I love seeing your photos and hearing about your adventures!

Kristin Lenz said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures - what a beautiful trip!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Gorgeous pictures! Good thing you didn't lose the camera. What type of snake is that?

The Golden Eagle said...

Those are beautiful pictures! It sounds like it was an amazing trip.

Anna Staniszewski said...

Gorgeous pictures! Have I mentioned how in awe I am of your adventurousness? My character Jenny would be proud. :-)

MTeacress said...

Beautiful! What kind of snake is that?

Christina Farley said...

Those were fantastic photos. It was almost like I was there. Thanks for posting them all.

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed the photos! Much too hot and humid to be outdoors here, so it was a treat imagining myself there!

DEZMOND said...

sounds like a glorious adventure, Terry!

Theresa Milstein said...

Gorgeous pics. The 3rd one is my favorite!

sidhi said...

Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

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HikeBikeTravel said...

Reminds me of the Mitchipicoten Islands - beautiful.

HikeBikeTravel said...

Reminds me of the Mitchipicoten Islands - beautiful.