August 10, 2009

Summary: Paddle 15.1 miles.. Hay Bay Cross Siskiwitt Bay to Point Houghton to Long Point

Daily Journal


As I was loading the kayak I saw the flotilla of ducklings swim by again, still no mother, I am sure they are on their own.

Looking up the hillside to the north at Red Oak Ridge I can see fog littered in the low areas.

Looking of the Dock at Hay Bay as the fog came rolling in.



Images from video of zero visability during siskiwitt bay crossing  

Leaving Hay Bay


I paddle no more than 100 feet toward the seagull sound and Houghton Point begins to take shape and there it is, it was there the whole time only a 100 feet out of my view due to the fog.

From the water I can see a number of buildings that were build long ago with board and batten type construction and tar paper covering. 



I first see a boat house precariously hanging over the edge of the water with the name SAM RUDE hanging above the door into the building.  Next to that was another sign stating UNSAFE DOCK. 

Fog come in and out, sometimes zero visability.

I reached Attwood Beach at about 10:40 am and not any too soon as the wind was driving me to an almost stand still at times.  I rested here completely protected from the wind and waves which I could see frothing just off the point of land I was hiding behind. 

Time for lunch


I turned around and headed back to Atwood beach and set up my sleeping pad and took a nap and read.


I took some photographs before my activity would blot out the wolf tracks.

I set my tent at a carefully picked place so I could see both the small lake and superior, only 25 feet from each. 

This place was like a postcard with bent and knarled cedar trees growing in the sand and large driftwood logs littering the shore and my camp nestled amongst it all.

Superior stones smooth from thousahds of years of pounding, pushed in the roots of the cedars

After final sunset photos and camp chores I turned on my marine radio and learned that the wind was going to be out of the south west by mid mourning and fog early. 

The small lake is prime moose habitat; shallow with vegetation and marshy willow surrounding it on the back side I found tremendous moose sign. 

At the crest of this narrow patch of beach running parallel to the entire inland lake you can see both bodies of water.