Trip report of North Manitou Island, MI
My self, brother-in-law, his two sons and my son took a four day trip to Manitou Island.
The ride out was a beautiful day in the upper 70ís. Did the whole orientation thing with the ranger and off we went. Made a b-line for the area just North of the cemetery. It was forecast to be the nicest weather day.
Spent the day swimming and playing on the beach. That night the clouds rolled in. Soon the wind was howling and the atmosphere changed. At first thought, not being able to swim would be a real bummer. Instead what we got was to see nature in a different light. Thankfully there was no lightning, but a great view of the clouds which were flying by at incredible speeds.
Woke up to wind and rain. This is the first time I spent lots of time camped in the rain using tarps. We lifted the sides to make a nice area to cook and hang around in. This has reinforced my decision in changing to a hammock and tarp set-up. After breakfast we headed out for a hike. Kcwins had made a few suggestions for things to find. Unfortunately I had forgotten the topo map of the island and was reduced to using the basic map handed out. So off we went with the directions given to me. We were in search of the ďspringĒ. What we found was a 5í pipe with three faded rings of duct tape, but no spring. Did you plant this Kcwins? After that we went for a hike throughout the Southeast and cemetery area. We returned to hang and dry out at camp. Later that afternoon the rain stopped and the sun came out. We were blessed with the most intense, colorful, sea to sea rainbow I have ever seen. What a sight!
Next day was spent looking for Old Baldy. Because it had rained so much the day before my print out of directions and things to look for had gotten soaked and fell apart. Going by memory we made it to Stormerís Place and headed up a hill. After bushwacking around for a while we figured out it wasnít working and we would not find it. We did have fun though.
Spent the following day hiking to the West side to watch the big waves roll in. Boys had fun playing by the water. The temps were great for hiking and the rain held off. We found an old car which the boys thought was very cool.
Our hike out was enthusiastic. We had eaten all of our food, and lets face it, it was time for some pancakes. The wind was so bad there was concern the boat would not come, lucky for us it did. Well some folks might have begged to differ. Short time out the cabin was pretty much empty. Lots of them were out getting fresh air, if you know what I mean?
We intended on backpacking around the island for three days, but instead elected to stay put due to the weather. Didnít want to risk getting things wet, especially with the boys. I believe this was my 5th time to the island and I have to say it looks great. The trails were in fine shape and didnít notice any loose paper lying around. The bugs werenít bad at all with the wind being up. Thanks Kcwins for the places to check out. We will head back in a couple of years. It seems there is always something new to see and discover. I love the freedom of the island. To me itís the best place to hike in the Midwest.
Hereís a few pictures from the trip.
A lot are of the kids, but I do have a few hammock/tarp set-ups.