On May 5th I was up at 4:00 AM and on the water by 5:30. The wind turned out to be in my favor all day. Little did I know that would be short lived. I paddled 17 miles to Split Rock Creek. Spirit Rock Creek is one of the neatest places on the North Shore. As you paddle into the deep cove there is 100-foot cliff and rock out cropping on both sides and that funnels into a narrow spot that turn into a gradual beach with the creek flowing into Lake Superior.
The hillsides adjacent to this beautiful campsite are a mix of birch and pine with no under brush so when you look at the hillside you can see way back into the forest. I explored and found an old cabin. It was at least 30 years old and abandoned for 20. Two walls and part of the roof were left of this 6-foot by 8-foot dwelling. I tried to imagine how one could live in such a small place than I realized that was larger than my tent.