Friday, July 30, 2010

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Raspberry Island

Today Noelle and I finally got to the Apostle Islands. We took a cruise with my parents to Raspberry Island to tour the lighthouse there. Our boat left from Bayfield at 1:30 under mostly cloudy skies.

The ride was pretty smooth and we were docked on the island after about an hour.

The tour of the lighthouse was great; delivered by one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable park rangers we've met.

We saw the rooms the family lived in and then went up into the tower and onto the catwalk which surrounded it.

Despite the gray sky we were treated to nice views of Lake Superior and some of the surrounding islands.

After the tour we made a quick hike to the beach, skipped a few stones, and then headed back to the dock to return to the mainland.

It was a brief trip, but a great one nonetheless. It started to rain pretty steadily as the boat made the return trip back to Bayfield. To finish off our great day we had dinner in Ashland at the South Shore Brewery and Deep Water Grille.

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