It’s not all about me, my previous entries notwithstanding. A year ago when we circumnavigated Isle Royale accompanied by Ray and Wendy Sharp to keep us safe, although we dearly enjoyed their company, the trip was mostly an immersion in the waters, shores, and islands of Isle Royale. Somehow I think I expected much the same this year. And while we did experience many heart-wrenchingly beautiful days and paddles, this year it was really about the people.
In her posts, Sue Ellen has thanked the people who supported us the entire way so I won’t repeat all your names, although I am very thankful. What struck me was the generosity of friends, some of whom I don’t see all that often, who, when I wrote and asked “Hey, would you put us up?” rose to the occasion and not only gave us wonderfully comfortable beds, hot showers, and places to dry off, but fantastic meals. But even more, the fellowship we encountered made this an extraordinary trip.
And again, it’s not all about me, although we had decided to do this paddle for ourselves, for fun. But after thinking about it a bit, we realized we were taking advantage of three tremendous resources of our home territory that don’t get enough publicity or credit: the Keweenaw Water Trail, the Keweenaw Geoheritage project, and the Keweenaw Land Trust. So although our paddle is over, I would encourage you to check out some of these links:
For the Keweenaw Water Trail: kwta.org
[Sue Ellen interjecting here: The Keweenaw Water Trail is such a wonderful --and useful--concept! We used their map more than any other. It needs more places for water travelers to camp. I'm hoping we can do something to promote and improve the water trail. Anyone have some ideas about this?]
Keweenaw Land Trust:
The following are some of the sites we paddled past that the Keweenaw Land Trust has helped preserve for the pleasure of all:
Lizzadro Lake Shore Preserve -
Traverse Island - http://keweenawlandtrust.org/special-traverse-island.php
Churning Rapids -
Dunes & Marshes -
Keweenaw Geoheritage Project:
And finally here are some of the many geoheritage sites we passed:
And, of course, we want to thank all of you who gave to KLT financially. We’ll be sending out individual thanks.
Coincidentally the number of miles we paddled, 134, (my initial estimate was short, and no, those of you who pledged per mile don’t need to give any more) is just Sue Ellen’s and my combined age. So this may be the last big project for us. But don’t you all get complacent – next year we may be circumnavigating our pond and since it’s not even 100 yards, we’ll be asking for donations in the thousands of dollars per mile.