Sunday, October 18, 2015

Lake Superior Vacation

We took a short vacation to see some big lake country. We already have seen Duluth and the North Shore. We like Ely, MN and the Boundary Waters. This time I chose Isle Royale National Park, which is an island on Lake Superior. I sketched some but not as much as I would have liked. The trip was almost two months ago so you can tell it took me a while to finish the sketchbook entries.

Before we could drive up there we stopped my Minneapolis and St. Paul. We like this area, too. I learned my bookbinding at Minnesota Book Arts with Roz a few years ago so I like to stop by the store when we are in the area. Then we (I) had to check out Wet Paint art supply store after hearing so much about it. The next day way drive through Duluth on our way to Copper Harbor.

Then a ferry ride to Isle Royale. It's postponed by one day due to bad weather. That cuts our two night stay on the island down to one night. I manage to get motion sickness on the ferry because the waves are still 10'-15'. I survive. On Isle Royale we get in some hiking and eat at the restaurant. We could spend a lot more time here! I get some nice quiet sketch time in the morning as we wait for our ferry ride back to Copper Harbor. Quiet little harbor. I sit on a quiet dock and can sketch the marina and ferry before we board. The ride home was smooth and sunny. I was all over the decks watching the view.

Next stop is Bayfield for a couple nights. We had time to check out Madeline Island and eat out a lot. Found some great coffee. Had a glass bottom boat tour of some ship wrecks around the Apostle Islands. Did some sketching on the docks. I like all the boats. Again, could have spent a lot more time here. The sailing and boating culture is very strong here. I had one acquaintance assume I boated, and simply asked "motor boat or sail boat?". We're not in Kansas.

Then it's a drive back home. Time flies. Glad I brought my sketch gear, even if I didn't have much time to use it. The time I did grab sure felt nice.


Jeanette, Mistress of Longears said...

Having grown up in the Detroit area, the northern michigan /great lakes are some of my favorite places to visit- especially in August when it's so miserably hot here! Lovely to see your drawings!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the delightful visit via your writing....! winna

Marva said...

Love your sketches John!!! Looks like a fun trip!

Anonymous said...

Please send me your Flickr site that I can follow ????? winna

A.M.Jacob said...

Very nicely done! I loved the way you incorporated the maps. I've never been to Michigan, so I especially enjoyed that added dimension to the story.

Virginia said...

Your blog entries are always a delight, John. I agree that the maps are a wonderful addition. Are you familiar with the mysteries of Nevada Barr? She sets her books in National Parks (main character a Park Ranger named Anna Pigeon) and A Superior Death was set on Isle Royale. I generally enjoy stories set someplace with which I am familiar.