August 3, 2009

Summary: Paddle 18.6 miles.. Huginnin Cove to Todd Harbor

Daily Journal

Travel from Huginnin Cove to Todd Harbor. Wow the first day of actual circumnavigation. I feel fresh and alive (and free) with an open itinerary and 12-15 day available I can set my pace. This morning I chose a slow steady pace of about 2 1/2 miles per hour and I feel the need to take the time to get synchronized with the "lady" called Gichi Gumi. The north side of the island is known for its beautiful cliffs and rugged shoreline which has few places to get off the lake in the event of wind and waves. There are landing places here and there and one must have an eye to spot them and some skill to use them but they are there in an emergency. Although the printed material one sees in books and articles speaks of this stretch as extremely dangerous due to limited places to land I feel comfortable.


Yes, I took my sweet time today. The first morning of any serious trip is usually slow as the time to prepare food, deal with equipment and gear and finally breaking camp is new and tends to be longer.

On the water at approximately 10:30 am. With the open water crossing behind me today is fresh and I feel good, Here I go, finally on the water traveling around the Island.

The coast line on the North side of the Island is relatively straight as you look at a map, but on the water there is always something to see.

Just north of Huginnin cove I fond this interesting cave formation. According to the time stamp on the image I was here at 11:10 am

You can see that this cave and formations to the left are the result of pounding water for thousands of years. It is always worth the time to stop for a minute and really connect with a place like this.

The distractions of the modern world cease to exist for I am all alone and one wonders am I the only person on the planet? These are the conditions needed in order to begin the process of thinking bigger than yourself.

Looking to the North towards Canada.

Left to Right .... Spar Island, Thompson Island, Pie Island

Looking at Wilson point... Long day of paddling and I am anxious to turn the upcoming corner and head into Todd Harbor Campground

Wilson Point area as the sun is getting low in the horizon behind me. The way the light plays off the water and shore can have such a drastic effect on what and how one feels. Often not discussed by distance paddlers is the range of emotions one goes through in any typical day... The weather, temperature, light, wind, exertion, hunger, all play a role in the overall experience. For me, as I get more experienced in paddling solo I have learned to anticipate and understand the highs and lows knowing what causes them and that they will pass, often within the hour. Nearing the end of 18 miles of paddling Isle Royale's beautiful shore line gave me the boost I needed. Just another 1/2 mile and I would be setting up camp.

3 small un-named islands just north of Todd Harbor


As I entered Todd Harbor I realized the sun was following me as I paddled towards my home for tonight

Fishing moats moored at the Todd Harbor Dock. Isle Royale attracts fisherman and the island has a number of places that these boats can tie up to for the nights.

Looking out at the sunset at Todd Harbor, my day of paddling is over, but the work is not... I

Sunset from Todd Harbor

Todd harbor

Unloading the kayak and reviewing the map
Talor Island from the shore by Todd Harbor Campground

The day is not complete until I restore the 3000 plus calories I used up today. I have learned from past experiences that no mater how tired you are, never ever, go to bed without eating a full meal.


Look for the companion complete journal entries and memoirs of the trip on these pages in the weeks to come.