Serendipity has always been kind to me, and I believe that cultivating the ability to trust serendipity – to follow its compass — is one of the essential travel arts. A journey I took a few years ago to Easter Island provided the perfect example of the gifts that serendipity can sometimes bestow. That journey […]
Isle Royale is a rugged wilderness of forests, rocky ridges, and small lakes. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the famous wolves and moose of Isle Royale probably walked there over winter ice. A three-hour ferry ride from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula takes you to Isle Royale National Park, to settle in and explore by foot, kayak, and canoe. You’ll also have a chance to ask a scientist about the recently crashing wolf populations. Each day of this fabulous sojourn is filled with wild discovery and unique experiences!
The group meets in Duluth, Minnesota, immediately crossing the Wisconsin border to board a ferry to Madeline Island and Big Bay State Park. We explore rugged cliffs, bogs, boreal forest, and old growth hemlocks, before checking in to our Victorian inn in Bayfield.
After breakfast, a beautiful day begins in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with a morning hike at Little Sand Bay. The day ends on the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula at a historic lodge in Copper Harbor.
Wake, then board a boat for a three-hour passage to Isle Royale! We disembark in Rock Harbor, for two+ days to enjoy this gorgeous national park island. Highlights include guided, interpretive hiking, wildlife viewing, a boat cruise around Scoville Point, optional kayaking and canoeing – and viewing the stellar night sky!
We return to the mainland by ferry, then enjoy more time on the Upper Peninsula, visiting a lighthouse, old forts, and Keweenaw National Historic Park. Before we know it, we’re boarding flights home.