Location: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
|Calm waters on Lake Superior|
So I have finnished up the last part of my journey through the Great Lakes of Michigan and Wisconsin! This has been a much more relaxed part of the trip; I'm just hiking and hanging. Both of these locations offer some epic kayaking adventures but I've spent enough money on this trip. Hiking opportunities are not as great, but it is nice to simply wander along the shores of Lake Superior.
Apostle Islands was my destination for Wisconsin. Surprisingly, most Wisconsiners have never been to this place! It is very picturesque- there are dozens of islands along the shore with massive sea caves and pleanty of campsites. This is a true destination for kayak touring and there are several companies that will outfit you. Perhaps on another trip I will take full advantage of this! I'm already sold on coming back out to the Northern Midwest.
Honestly, I didn't do much in Wisconsin which is unfortunante. There was one land based hiking trail along the beach to see the sea cliffs. The cliffs were interesting, but obviously better viewed from a kayak.
|Sea Cliffs on the shore|
This is an extremely friendly part of the country! The rangers were all happy to assist me in learning about whats available and the town of Bayfield was welcoming. I actually got to take a shower at the community center! Its very typical of the midwest to have a YMCA-like community center that is primarily a workout facility but also serves as a gathering place. Everyone meets here; Veterans, Boy Scouts, 4H, swim lessons, environmental groups, art clubs ect.
Almost everyone I've met has been extremely welcoming towards visitors, even weird Californians like me!