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team handstand
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Joined: 2007-11-07
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Location: lake geneva, wi

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I had been looking to go here for some time now and I was wondering if anyone has been there. What is the best time of the year to go there? Also, has anyone seen the arua borialis when up there? I just want to know when I should plan this trip. Thanks
 
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Decrepit
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Joined: 2004-09-19
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I was there when I was 5 years old. The only thing I remember is the little house we stayed in. We had to use a skeleton key to open the door. Also, my brothers both refused to go upstairs. Oh, yeah... and I made my dad go out to the car in a thunderstorm to get my little stuffed rabbit. Ah, the good old days. Hmmm... I might have to think about taking a trip up there again one of these days. Very Happy Thanks for bringing back the memories.

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JimandLinda
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:59 pm Reply with quote Back to top

You can save some money by taking the Ice Road from Bayfield to Madeline Island this time of year. The caches may be under some snow though. We haven't cached there, but Ashland has some nice artesian wells, both traditional and Earthcaches. And the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center is a nice stop year round!
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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Joined: 2007-02-08
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Location: West Salem WI

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:08 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We went sea kayaking there in late summer about five years ago and it was a great time. We were again up there this past October, which is spectacular. Right now, if you don't have water access to get down by the lakeshore, you can hike around and see the sea caves, which are really worth seeing. There really aren't any bad times, IMO. Think about what you want to experience there and choose that way. There will be more tourists in the summer, of course.

All over the Bayfield peninsula are wonderful caches in delightfully remote spots. There are still some we want to visit, notably Pratt's Peak and Lost Falls. We tried for Pratt's Peak last fall, but the "road" didn't even look passable with ATVs. We'll just plan a nice long hike next time!

Trekkin's family still lives up that way, so we travel there fairly often. And yes, we've seen the Northern Lights. Fall and late summer have seemed best for that. I have to say, the most spectacular Northern Lights I've ever seen were in our front yard a few years ago, though. Kinda weird!

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Vegas Gamblers
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:14 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Wow, we were planning on going there this summer also. I would like to hear from others also.
 
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cheezehead
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Joined: 2006-07-02
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Location: Hayward, WI. USA

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Being in my own back yard , I have only het just a few of the caches up that way. Lost Falls is on my to do list. Nothing but awsome logs for that one. I adopted Morgan Fall from Lil' Otter. Another cool falls cache and Passing Wind has an EC near there all. One might want to PM him as he did/might/still live in Bayfield.(He had a job interview and might have moved thou and I have not seen or smelled or hide or hair of him.)
Twin Fall is suppose to be a very good cache and I have heard good things about Dead Man Chest(I think that's what it's called? Rolling Eyes Confused )
Point Detour is the northern most cache in Wisconsin. It is in my top 5 caches if done. There is also a small little campground right near it. It is right on the Big Lake. The campground is either a private or owned by the county or town
 
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JimandLinda
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

AH YES!! How could we have forgotten Twin Falls Cave?! (GC6F05) You never know what you will see there!! (Read the log) Shocked
 
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TyeDyeSkyGuy
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Joined: 2007-03-18
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Location: Kenosha, WI

PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:26 am Reply with quote Back to top

FYI: The Aurora's show up at any time of year. They're caused by solar flares that can occur at any time. It's hit or miss.
 
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kbraband
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Joined: 2002-02-19
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Location: Mequon, WI US

PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:35 am Reply with quote Back to top

Mary and I spent a week kayaking, camping and B&Bing in the Apostles in August of 07. Depending on how some other things fall into place, we're hoping to go back this summer. My blog entry for this trip is here:
http://iowaadmin.blogspot.com/2007/08/kayakers-paradise.html
 
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thepharmgirl
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Joined: 2008-01-14
Posts: 275
Location: West Bend, WI

PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:46 am Reply with quote Back to top

I was hoping to get up there this summer as well. I also want to visit the waterfalls in that northwestern corner.
 
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uws22
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Joined: 2007-07-20
Posts: 527
Location: Madison, WI

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:14 pm Reply with quote Back to top

There are a few caches on Madeline Island, plus a handful in Washburn, Bayfield, and further north to Little Sand Bay... Most aren't difficult to get to, even with snow.
In fact, at the end of the month, i'll be placing 2 more caches in the Mellen area when i go up for the Run on Water in Bayfield... it's a 5 mile "road" race on the ice from Bayfield to Madeline Island and back
 
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gotta run
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Joined: 2007-11-26
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 2:48 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Resurrecting this moldy oldie....

We are considering a trip up here and the idea of kayaking and camping on one of the islands is appealing; however, we have regular open cockpit kayaks and not sea kayaks.

The mainland campgrounds look rather uninspired (open and crowded).

Any thoughts?
 
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JimandLinda
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 6:44 pm Reply with quote Back to top

There is (was) a campground up west of Washburn, I believe. Big Rock Campground maybe? It had a big rock by the entrance! It's not on the lake. The Ashland campground was nothing special to look at, but I saw it 4 years ago. One of the EC is there, I believe.

I've got a good memory. It's just a little short!
 
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cheezehead
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Location: Hayward, WI. USA

PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 8:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

There are 2 camp grounds M.I. One State and the other County or Privately owned. There is a campground just north of Washburn, (County???) My wife and I stopped there to take the dogs swimming a few years ago and my wife thought it was a place we could try out sometime. There is also a private or Tribe owned little camp ground right next to the Point Detour Cache. You ARE on top of WI at that place. And yes there is also Big Rock Campground. Nasty cache there too, 2 DNF's for me. I have seem friends who live up there. I can see where they would recommend.
 
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gotta run
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 8:38 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Either we are going to drag the camper up there and have some comfort and go yakking during the day, or go yakking and camp on the islands.

My concern with yakking is the possible lake conditions at any time, and the fact that we have open cockpit boats.

Having the camper is more flexible, but I don't like open campgrounds when you are right on top of your neighbor listening to their radio and generator.
 
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