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Apostle Islands NL, North Country NST, Isle Royal NP

We left Marquette, MI and drove west towards Ashland, WI. Initially I wanted to visit Isle Royal National Park (IRNP), but upon further investigation, the leg of the trip was omitted. The visitor Center is located in Houghton MI, 1 Ĺ hours north of our east-west route. Additionally, in order to get to IRNP, it required a boat trip of three hour each way. So we decided to postpone the trip to Isle Royal NP for now and include it to a future trip.

Since it was the 4th of July holiday we were unable to get a room in Bayside, where the Apostle Islandís Visitor Center is located and the where the cruise boats are moored. We had made reservations on the south end of Chequamegon Bay, on the outskirts of Ashland, WI. Ashland is about a half an hour south of Bayside. The land portion of the NL (Little Sand Bay) is north of Bayfield at the tip of the peninsula. We had made reservations to take an afternoon cruise of the islands. However, when it came time to board the boat, the captain announced that there were thunderstorms in parts of the NL. After a short delay, the storms did not dissipate, so we opted to pass on this trip. Our alternate plan was to go to Ashland and visit the town. Another passenger told us that the town has many very beautiful murals, some stretching an entire block. We arrived in Ashland in the late afternoon and viewed many of the murals. There were very beautiful, detailed and did indeed stretch the entire length of some of the blocks. Each mural depicted a time or an event in the history of the Ashland region. After photographing the murals, we finished the day with a nice dinner of smoked Lake Trout. Tomorrow we head west to Minnesota and North Dakota.
01 Apostle Islands NL.jpg
01 Apostle Islands NL.jpg
02 Apostle Islands NL 1374 Little Sand Bay.jpg
02 Apostle Islands NL 1374 Little Sand Bay.jpg
03 Apostle Islands NL 5811 Smoked Lake Trout.jpg
03 Apostle Islands NL 5811 Smoked Lake Trout.jpg
04 Apostle Islands NL 1375 Lake Superior y.jpg
04 Apostle Islands NL 1375 Lake Superior y.jpg
05 Ashland 1407-Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light.jpg
05 Ashland 1407-Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light.jpg
06 Ashland Murals Panorama 1401.jpg
06 Ashland Murals Panorama 1401.jpg
07 Ashland Murals 1400.jpg
07 Ashland Murals 1400.jpg
08 Ashland Murals 5813.jpg
08 Ashland Murals 5813.jpg
09 Ashland Murals 1404.jpg
09 Ashland Murals 1404.jpg
10 North Country NST-Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.jpg
10 North Country NST-Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.jpg