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 http://LakeTrek.com
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: