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Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 1 2015 - Apostle Islands Ice Caves

After visiting Tettegouche State Park the day before, Melinda and I left our hotel in Duluth with a lot of anticipation of seeing the ice hanging from the red sand cliffs at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  For those of you who know me, crowds of people are the one thing in life I try to avoid at all times.  I like peace.  And quiet.  Mostly quiet.

Melinda doesn't like bridges...especially the Bong bridge between Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.  But she is always a good sport about going with on my goofy trips and made it across.

First off these are a MUST.  Ice crampons.  Don't waste your time with the flimsy cable types ice grippers.  Also hiking poles with carbide tips are nice for keeping your balance.

We kind of lucked out on our time of arrival and ended up parking only about 3/4 of a mile from the lakeshore.  We got there about 10am and although there were a lot of people, the majority would not arrive until the afternoon.  On this day, there were about 4200 total visitors.

I didn't take any shots of the shuffling hordes out on the lake as this was about the scenery and the chance to hike for few miles on the ice of Lake Superior.  The wind was cold and gusting to 30 mph but the breaks in the cloud cover afforded up some warm March sun from time to time.

About 250 degree field of view panorama.   The colors were wonderful.  OK, so less type and more pics of the beautiful ice formations.

This was interesting:

There was an artist doing a painting out on the ice. I know nothing of paints and how he was able to do this given the combination of cold, wind, and blowing snow was really cool.

Melinda taking it all in.

Here is a little video we made of the cove we spent most of our time in.

It was a great experience and I would suggest it to anyone who wants to brave the elements to see this natural spectacle.  I would highly suggest taking the shuttle from Cornacopia, WI (if offered) as it will drop you off at the head of Meyers Road meaning a walk of of 4/10 of a mile to the lakeshore then another 1.75 miles or so out to the caves on the lake.  Bottom line is plan on about 5 miles of waking.  Which isn't bad as long as you have crampons!

We would also like to say thank you to the NPS and Border Patrol staff who were present.  You people put on a heck of an event again.

1 comment:

David Drufke said...

That photo with the frost was pretty cool and unique!

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