The year is almost over and we are all thinking about turning the page and moving forward into 2021. Before this happens, I’m reminded of a wonderful weekend which made A Lasting Impression for me. Due to covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, most of my time has been spent at home. I was able to drive north and experience the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with my daughter over a weekend in July. Located in northern Wisconsin by the quaint town of Bayfield, the beautiful Apostle Islands are currently celebrating 50 years since its designation as a national lakeshore on Lake Superior (also known as Gichigami). I have always wanted to see the iconic sea caves, so what better way than taking a guided kayak tour and then a hike. The half day kayak tour with Lost Creek Adventures was perfect for my abilities and we booked a morning departure. Thankfully the winds were calm and the sun was shining as we began. Paddling about a mile out from Meyers Beach, we were introduced to the red cliffs and began weaving in and out of dramatic archways, canyons, and caves. Our guide led us into crevasses in “the crack” and through caves near “the keyhole”. The natural beauty along this excursion was fantastic! I was even brave enough to take a few steady snapshots.
The next part of the day we planned to hike the trail above the sea caves. The Meyer’s Beach Sea Cave Trail follows about 2 1/2 miles of the Lakeshore Trail, which begins at the Meyer’s Beach parking lot near Cornucopia. The first 1/2 mile of the trail is on a boardwalk then our hike become a bit more up and down. After about 2 miles we arrived at a natural bridge and our first viewpoints of the caves. Since we had just kayaked along this shore, we had a good sense of the topography, and were now able to enjoy the beauty from a different viewpoint. Then we continued another 1/4 mile for a spectacular view of “The Bowl”. Wow! Now I just may need to venture up here again this winter as the lake freezes and the caves become icy!