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    Trip report - Lake Superior Area

    I had a quick trip over the weekend, and thought Iíd share some pictures.

    The trip was to Bayfield, Wisconsin. While Waukesha had temps in the high 80ís and low 90ís during the day, it was upper 70ís Ė low 80ís in Bayfield over the weekend. We arrived mid-morning on Saturday, and I was so tired I hung my JRB BMB out behind my parentís house for a couple hours of naptime. I must say, the BMB is a comfortable hammock, but I canít get over the stretch. Even after 2 Ĺ hours of hanging, the hammock stretched enough for me to be just off the ground. One of these days, Iíll have enough time to experiment with different suspensions to see if I can get rid of the stretch.


    After eating dinner, I loaded up my Clark NA for a stealth trip down the shoreline. I am saddened by the amount of development that has occurred on the shoreline that I spent my youth playing along. While they have kept the houses to a minimum and have generally kept them from building right on the water, the access to the shoreline is now private property. One of my favorite swimming/hanging out spots on the whole lake is now in private ownership. While no signs were posted, itís only a matter of time.

    I hiked a little further than I had planned, and located a small, secluded beach that I knew of from my younger days to hang from. This beach will never see another hammock unless the owners of the land decide to take up hammock camping, because there is a house being built just up the hill on the only access to this spot; besides the lake, of course. Big sandstone cliffs and thick brush surround the rest of the area, with a few houses set back from the cliffs in the neighborhood. The sound of the waves lapping up against the beach was incredible, and very restful as the waves drowned out all other sounds. I did a little swimming from my spot (water temps in the upper 60ís,) then retired to a small campfire and a good nightís sleep inside my Clark NA with my Exped WallCreeper. Temps were upper 50ís with a slight breeze Ė no need for a UQ Ė slept like a log.


    Some other pics from the weekend - BTW, I plan on getting some pics hanging below this lighthouse on my next trip up.

    Last edited by fin; 08-06-2008 at 16:11.

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    WOW... that's a nice place to hang a hammock!
    Good find on the driftwood up right! Thanks for taking pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    WOW... that's a nice place to hang a hammock!
    Good find on the driftwood up right! Thanks for taking pictures.
    There was another uprooted tree buried in the sand a little farther down the beach, but it wasn't as nice a spot. I have to say, it was almost perfect. The only downside was the driftwood had a little "spring" to it, so I had a little more sag than I wanted. Had to adjust the supports a little tighter than normal. I also had sailboats going by all evening. Good thing I wasn't skinny dipping!

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    Thanks for sharing your good time with us. Terrific pictures! Mule
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    Great pics, I love that area. The apostle islands are beautiful. You sure got a break on the water temp. The white noise of the waves must have been incredibly relaxing. Nice report and pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishinFinn View Post
    The only downside was the driftwood had a little "spring" to it, so I had a little more sag than I wanted. Had to adjust the supports a little tighter than normal.
    I wondered if you might not be getting some "spring" from that upright.
    I noticed another large log laying just beyond it that might possibly serve as an extra tie off to brace the drift wood you used as a hammock support.
    I've done something like that a few times when I wanted to use a particularly nice spot but one of the hammock supports were smaller than ideal... like a small tree or small Rhododendron. If you have an extra length of webbing or rope, just run it from the small tree to something more stable.
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    Nice report and great pics. Thanks for the report FF.
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    fishinfinn, your are making me cry. i miss lake superior so much. i hope to be back in the spring
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    FishinFinn, not sure of your exact lake side camp location. Think I recognize the lighthouse (?Long Island).

    It's a bit sad to see the Bayfield Peninsula becoming another Door Co. If you get up here in winter and view the shoreline from the ice it will make you cry. Area is getting loved to death. Good news is Houghton Pt may become part of the Bayfield Area Land Conservancy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koaloha05 View Post
    FishinFinn, not sure of your exact lake side camp location. Think I recognize the lighthouse (?Long Island).

    It's a bit sad to see the Bayfield Peninsula becoming another Door Co. If you get up here in winter and view the shoreline from the ice it will make you cry. Area is getting loved to death. Good news is Houghton Pt may become part of the Bayfield Area Land Conservancy.
    Below the old sanitarium.

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