Travel to Eagle River, WI
Jul 19, 2010
|July 19 – Travel to Eagle River, WI
As we traveled from Ash River, MN to Eagle River, WI, we remembered more of the information that our Voyageurs NP ranger shared with us.
French Canadian Voyageurs – The desired voyageur was small so he did not take up much space on the canoe leaving more space for the bartering goods going west and beaver furs going east. He should also not be able to swim so that he would not be reckless while navigating the river rapids.
The canoe men rowed at one pull on the oar per second and could row continuously for 50 minutes for up to 16 hours per day. They took a 10-minute break every hour.
Voyageur Canoes - The 'skin' of the canoes was made of Birch bark with the seams sealed with reduced pine pitch. Every evening, the conoes had to be patched. See the photo of Birch bark that is about 1/8" thick.
Logging Camp – When the trees were harvested in one area, the windows and doors were removed from the worker’s living quarters and the cabins burned. The ashes were sifted for nails which were saved and used at the next camp 10 miles away with the salvaged windows and doors to assemble the new cabins.
Pelicans - Our ranger, who grew up living along Kabetogama Lake, never saw pelicans on the lake in his youth. Pelicans now ‘summer’ on the lake along with the Double Creasted Cormorant because they can feed on the leftovers of the Cormorants. In the past, the Cormorants, that dive to catch fish, got caught in the commercial fishermen’s nets and died. Commercial fishing is no longer permitted in the park so the Cormorants survive allowing the pelicans to exist.
We arrived in Eagle River, WI after a 7-hour drive along pine and birch lined roads.
This KOA does not offer WiFi and our MiFi with amplifier assist is too erratic to attempt to send more photos. Sending the July 17 photos was enough of a challenge.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, we will travel to and camp in Houghton, MI in the Upper Peninsula. We will visit the Isle Royal NP Visitor’s Center to learn about the park but will not actually visit the park on this trip.
Have a great day.