Ain’t Much Connectivity in Paradise

There is inspiring beauty and grandeur in the northern east coast of Lake Superior. The bold scenery defies photographs or description, and there are big fish. Really big fish.

Bob with the fish that we caught - through copious amounts of teamwork!

Bob with the fish that we caught – through copious amounts of teamwork!

Everyone is happy with our fish!  This24-inch lake trout jumped many times and fought hard until we landed him

Everyone is happy with our fish! This24-inch lake trout jumped many times and fought hard until we landed him 20-minutes later.

The weather on Lake Superior is abrupt, unforgiving, and unpredictable. And it is cold on the open water. Temperatures in the upper 60s are welcomed. Anchorages are like a coat from the cold.

Entering Otter Cove, a lovely, 70 degree breeze warmed our faces as we left the chilly waters of Lake Superior.

Entering Otter Cove, a lovely, 70 degree breeze warmed our faces as we left the chilly waters of Lake Superior.

As we transited the pass into Otter cove, the thick fog that had plagued us all day magically lifted. Rock faces rose before us and the cliffs were illuminated by blue sky.

Warm southerly winds blowing over the near-frozen temperatures of the lake water bring fog. And the fog stays. Radar, GPS-driven chart plotters, and a navigation app on the iPad are a must; otherwise you stay put. Calm seas generally accompany fog and you must travel when the seas are gentle.

Anchoring in Otter Cove was a gift of a lifetime. The solitude was palpable. Otter Cove is a well-protected paradise with great holding. We anchored, lowered the dinghy, and explored the cove. We fished. We went for dinghy rides throughout the rock outcroppings and islets. We laughed. We read. We watched beavers and wished for a bear sighting. We wondered at the beauty of the north shore of Lake Superior. Otter Cove is far away from roads, and civilization; even the VHF weather reports are filled with static and dropped sentences.

We have been six days without the connectivity of cell phones or the Internet and we haven’t seen another boat or person for the last four days. To some extent we dread returning to the din of other boats and the bustling of towns. To some extent we miss everyone.

The electric motor on the dinghy works beyond our expectations.

Bob piloting the dinghy among the rocks and islets along Otter, Cove.  The electric motor works beyond our expectations.

Cliffs at Otter Cove

Cliffs at Otter Cove

Sunset at magical Otter Cove

Sunset only adds to the magic of Otter Cove.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Ain’t Much Connectivity in Paradise

  1. Martha Bradley says:

    Howard would love to pull in a fish like that! Love that sunset!

  2. Kathy White says:

    Beautiful sunset! What a beautiful fish, what a scrumptious meal! Love reading your blog. Thanks.

  3. icthelite says:

    Nice catch. Nothing like fresh trout for dinner. That sunset looks cold. Pretty but cold.

  4. Patricia Potter says:

    Hi folks where are you? We are in northern MI at traverse city, lake MI area

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