Chapel Beach

Mosquito Beach

The title of this one should be something like “stay off the damn water.”  Picture taken from Mosquito Chapel Beach in Pictured Rocks which is about 8 miles from where we started the trip.  There was some lightning and we actually did have to stay off the water for a little while – and when you have to sit there, damp, in the rain, that’s when you realize that warmer clothes and a tarp would be good to have.

Picture taken with Canon 300D, EF-S 18-55mm lens @ 55mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

Skillagalee Island

Skillagalee Island

A special picture from an abandoned Skillagalee Island (aka Ile aux Galets) – a land of bird carnage and feces.  There’s the dilapidated lighthouse, one dead tree, 3000 birds and at one moment three silly kayakers on this island.  There’s really no reason you’d ever need to visit, so here’s a picture to save you the trouble.

Picture taken with Canon 300D, EF 70-300mm lens @ 70mm, f/13, 1/800 sec shutter, ISO 400

Lake Superior Provincial Park Fog

Lake Superior Provincial Park

A shot from one of the little islands very near the start of our trip on Lake Superior Provincial Park.  I don’t know the names of any of the islands out there, or anything about them other than I like the fog rolling over them but apparently I wasn’t motivated enough at the time to get out a real camera to take pictures.

Picture taken with Pentax 33WR, lens @ 16mm (104mm eq), f/3.9, 1/100 sec shutter, ISO —

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Lake Superior Provincial Park

A shot from our camp site in Lake Superior Provincial Park.  I believe that formation out there is Devil’s Chair, of which, I’m sure there are better pictures – like ones where it’s more than a silhouette.  I did a pretty solid amount of saturation adjustment to this one and though I like the result, it’s probably not completely natural looking any more.  I don’t know what setting the camera was on when it was taken and what adjustments it was or was not applying for me.

Picture taken with Canon 300D, EF-S 18-55mm lens @ 18mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec shutter, ISO 200

Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Bridge

This was one of our earlier paddles under the Mackinac Bridge, taken somewhere near the middle of the bridge (the work was going on between the towers).  I’m curious how crazy those workers thought we were and if it was more crazy that I thought they were.

Picture taken with Pentax Optio 33WR, lens @ 16mm (104mm equiv), 1/320 sec shutter, f/3.9, ISO —

Waugoshance Lighthouse

Waugoshance Lighthouse

I was told I should post some kayaking pictures.  The issue with kayaking pictures is that they often are taken with so-so cameras, prominently feature other people or aren’t taken by me and thus don’t fit the requirements for *my* daily photo.  But, there are some… This one is of the now abandoned Waugoshance Lighthouse which is located on a shoal a few miles or so off of Wilderness State Park in Northern Lower Michigan.

One thing I learned on that trip:  keep a proper grip on your paddle so that it’s ready when you don’t expect to need to brace.

Picture taken with Pentax Optio 33WR, lens @ 5.7mm (37mm equiv), 1/320 sec shutter, f/6.9, ISO —

Tetons & Yellowstone – Taggart and Bradley Lakes

Having successfully made it through the night without becoming human popsicles, we headed to the general store and ranger station.  The store had a surprisingly large array of camping gear.  The ranger station had a nice fire going, which would have been nice to sit by, but there was hiking to do.  Neither had many people around – but that wasn’t surprising since we were there when the doors opened and the season had barely begun.

At the park ranger’s suggestion, we drove to the Taggart and Bradley Lakes trail head which was just a bit south of Jenny Lake where we stayed.  We headed out on the trail only to realize that the bear spray was in the tent.  Too late, oh well, and as you can probably figure by this post, we didn’t get eaten.

We started the hike with a couple from Florida at the start of the hike.  They had rented bear spray with their car (interesting business model) and we hiked with them for a mile or so maybe.

The trail was officially open, but there was clearly not much foot traffic and the snow was at least three feet deep based on a couple times when we punched through.  We hiked around Taggart Lake and up over the ridge to Bradley Lake – I think we saw some moose tracks on the ridge (moose instead of elk because they were huge and because the ranger said the elk were just starting to move into the lower reaches of the park).  I’m certain we were the first ones to go to Bradley Lake that day and probably for a few days.  There wasn’t really any well marked or defined trail – we followed old footprints when we could see them and otherwise just pointed ourselves in a general direction.  The lakes aren’t that far apart, so there was limited area in which to get lost.  We made it to and around Bradley Lake, visit the bridge on the far end and declared that the end of the hike.

Bradley Lake Pano
The Tetons behind Bradley Lake

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Smoky Mountains – Day 3

Day three of the Smoky Mountains adventure was back to hiking waterfalls, and first on the list was Laurel Falls.  This had to be the most popular falls because it was a paved trail (in rather poor condition) up to the falls.  Like the Clingmans Dome trail, I think this gave people the impression that it wasn’t going to be steep.  As it turns out, you’re still hiking up a mountain for 1.3 miles.

Park Map

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