Monday, May 17, 2010

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Mainland Seacaves

Today Noelle and I took a pretty, scenic drive over to Bayfield, Wisconsin. We went to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore visitor center in town, which was closed, before having lunch. From there we made the drive along WI-13 back towards the small town of Cornucopia (home of the northernmost post office in Wisconsin). We parked in the parking lot on Myers Road to go check out the mainland sea caves.

We couldn't have asked for better weather. While it was a little bit chilly right at the lake, it was generally warm and sunny. We first checked out Myers Beach, walking along the shore for about a quarter mile. Then we headed back to the parking lot to begin hiking the actual trail. While the trail was a bit muddy, we got to see lots of wildflowers in bloom. After about two miles we started to get some Lake Superior views and then a few views of the famous sea caves.

It was nice to get some views of the caves from the trail, but to truly appreciate them you need a kayak, or a thick, solid layer of ice. Last winter the ice never froze thick enough to allow over ice travel. I'm hoping for a different story this coming winter though.

After our hike we went over to Corny to check out a display of old, decrepit fishing boats. We then stopped at an intriguing little park called Twin Falls Park. We could hear a large waterfall there but could only see a small one. After our short hike we returned to Duluth.

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