Elizabeth Bennett on Travelling

What are men to rocks and mountains? Oh! what hours of transport we shall spend! And when we do return, it shall not be like other travellers, without being able to give one accurate idea of any thing. We will know where we have gone—we will recollect what we have seen. Lakes, mountains, and rivers, shall not be jumbled together in our imaginations; nor, when we attempt to describe any particular scene, will we begin quarrelling about its relative situation.

Jane Austin

Isle Royale National Park June 2015 – Day 6 and Wrap Up

Previous: Three Mile to Rock Harbor

We woke up on our final morning on Isle Royale around 7, and I was ready to get onto the boat.  The Ranger III had left Rock Harbor in the afternoon for park headquarters at Mott Island while we were at Rock Harbor, so it wasn’t even there when we work up, but we were ready to go home!

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We had a quick breakfast of Clif bars and got down to Rock Harbor by 8 AM.

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It was definitely bittersweet when the Ranger III came to pick us up.  On one hand, it’s nice to get back to the real world, with a real bed and pillow and shower.  On the other, it was hard to leave this amazing place feeling like we had so much left to explore.  We overheard a group saying they’d seen a moose the day before in the middle of the trail to our campsite, which was a little disheartening to have missed, but even without moose, our trip was really the best backpacking trip I’ve been on so far.

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We had great weather, saw beautiful landscapes, and were deep into the wilderness of some of the most northern lands easily accessible to those of us in the lower 48.  We hopped on the boat at 9 AM, greeted by the rangers who had been on the Ranger III on the way out, and left the wilderness.

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