Sunday, June 19, 2005

Sun, sand and three degree water

The Lake Superior trip was wonderful. We spent five days camped on the rugged coast, doing day trips to scenic locations with exotic names like the Devil's Warehouse, the Devil's Chair and a wide variety of stone beaches. Each beach, large and small, seems to have a different character: some have large round rocks, others have smaller round rocks, while other have rocks of a great range of colour and character. If you are fascinated by rocks and water, the Superior coast is a "must visit" destination.

It is not a destination to be taken lightly though. After several trips on the coastline by canoe, we live by the mantra, "travel when the lake lets you." Guide books to the area suggest that you should plan on being shore-bound one day out of every four, due to fog, wind, waves, bad weather (or all of these at once). Even during the heat wave of last week, we were wearing long sleeves and long underwear while paddling on the frigid lake. Swimming is out of the question!

Our young dog, Utah, survived his first camping trip with flying colours. His day was made when he discovered the skeleton of a moose down the beach from our camp site. This seemed to awaken some of his wild ancestry and I had to really work to discourage him from bringing trophies back to camp.

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