Well, I don't have all of the info in a report yet but..
We did see a lot of fire damage. We were also surprised at some of the areas on Hudson and the south third of Insula that did not have fire damage. We also saw more open campsites on the south end of Insula than we thought we'd find.
The 95 rod portage into Insula has lots of burned around it which is sad. However, the rapids along the portage were easy to see & the water was roaring big time.
The campsite on the island on Hudson is fine as is the campsite almost directly across from it.
I'll have some shots of my map that I marked a bit later.
Deb Hanson brought her almost one year old chocolate lab, Maggie, with us. She didn't take very long to "get" how to sit still in the canoe & was a blast to have with. Very mellow and well behaved. Somewhere I have a picture of her in the canoe, with a Frog Toggs poncho on to keep her dry & warmer, and she looks adorable. She also loved it, I know, because she didn't try to get it off, not even the hood part Deb had over her head!
quote Zulu: "Thanks for the information and videos! I hope you had an enjoyable trip. "
We really did. I didn't get as many photos as I would have liked, and the video I took was not very good quality, but...
We had a lot better weather that was predicted, in fact Saturday afternoon we had open skies and plenty of sun.
Saturday night was supposed to be rainy & maybe a few storms, but no rain at all. A little mist/sprinkles on Sunday around 9 am but then it stopped.
And the wind that was supposed to turn around and come from the northwest, stayed where it had been coming from (the southeast) and it was at our back almost the whole way back to the Lake One landing.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson...and...“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
quote VoyageurNorth: "...We saw 3 campsites near Hudson that were closed that the map shows as open.
Will post any more info as I get it. " Thanks. Nothing like a first-hand account.
I know that federal funds and time are limited, but the posted FS maps hold such incredible potential. I need to resign myself to the fact that they will probably always be woefully behind real-time conditions. (Updates they posted so far: Feb 17 and May 2.) I appreciate what they are trying to communicate, but just wish it could be a bit more up-to-date.
Maybe, if making the maps is time-intensive and slowing the process, they could just post lists of the closed campsites and portages by their unique FS numbers. ??
"You can observe a lot by watching." -- Yogi Berra
Heading off to the west out of Lake One, there were still signs up that indicated that the portage was closed. You had to walk to the other side (the west side, we were coming from the east) to see that the signs were posted in September. I felt like taking them down and portaging them out but felt if I ran into a UFS officer, they might say something about tampering with federal property???