|Today we took the glass bottom boat tour of several of the apostle islands off wisconsin's north shore. We took a scenic drive through Ashland and along hwy 13 to bayfield. This is an old fishing town and we had fresh whitefish and smoked trout for lunch. The lake is cloudy near shore due to silt from the heavy rains they have experienced. The tour went by several wrecks and over one. These ships burned because of coal engines used in the early 1900's. We went by several of the islands and learned history - each island is different and all but 2 were covered by lake superior until it began to drain after the ice age. We saw basswood, hermit, oak, Stockton, and Madeline islands.
On the way we saw a new highway repair technique. They use liquid tar for patching and then roll toilet paper over the patch. We drove along road with what appeared to be paper patches and wondered what it was, until we passed the men at work.
We drove scenic hwy 13 back through forests with glimpses of lake superior at wayside areas.