The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Tree's Life on Isle Royale

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to

Isle Royale is an island in wild Lake Superior. The terrain is rugged and rocky. 
The winters are brutal and snowy, icy and windy.

All of this makes for a harsh environment. There is evidence on the island of the struggle of trees.

Scrabble of roots inside a tree trunk

Me (left) and fellow Moosewatch hiker, Jenny (right) by fallen tree


And there are beavers to contend with...

Beavers decrease the tree population

And lightening takes a toll:

Tree struck by lightening

Close up of tree struck by lightening

Here are some other shots of trees on this wild island:

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