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My winter wish was fulfilled this past week when the Apostle Islands Ice caves became accessible from Lake Superior for the first time since 2009. It has been big news around the state.Apostle-Islands-Ice-Caves-14-1-_1309

My wife, I and a friend headed over to the ice caves on MLK day. It was slow going with about four inches of fresh lake effect snow causing slick roads. As we approached the Myers Beach parking lot I bet my wife that there would be a lot of cars in the parking lot. The temperature was around five above and she didn’t think anyone else would be crazy enough to come out in this weather. In fact she didn’t think we would be able to go out to the caves.Apostle-Islands-Ice-Caves-14-1-_1349

It turned out I was right. The parking lot was almost full. There were all kinds of folks gearing up to go out to the caves. I talked with someone who had been at the caves the day before, the temperature was almost thirty degrees, and they said the parking lot was full and folks were parked along the access road and clear out onto highway 2.Apostle-Islands-Ice-Caves-14-1-_1326

Some of the folks we met just as we started out were wearing snowshoes but they said that so many people had been on the trail since they went out that there was a well worn path to the caves. Most people walked and some of them were using ice grippers. Although not required ice grippers make it much safer to walk on the ice. There were a few skiers on the trail but I don’t recommend skis because they would just be in the way if the goal was to explore the caves.Apostle-Islands-Ice-Caves-14-1-_1311

It had been an overcast day when we started but later in the day there was some muted sun shining through the clouds.Apostle-Islands-Ice-Caves-14-1-_1471

We walked about three mile along the lake shore photographing the ice caves. This was the first time for my wife and our friend so it was quite a thrill for them to see the caves for the first time.Apostle-Islands-Ice-Caves-14-1-_1364

More photos of the Apostle Islands Ice Caves can be found on my website.

One Comment

  1. I’ve heard a great deal about the Apostle Islands caves in the last week. I really hope i get a chance to visit them in person before the cold breaks. Such a lovely scene, and your pictures are beautiful.

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