S: Madeline Island by Christy Urick
FC: Madeline Island 10/20-10/23/2011 An Adventure in the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin by Christy Urick
1: We began our adventure at the dock in Bayfield, Wisconsin on a beautiful October afternoon. We were headed for Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands in the southern portion of Lake Superior, also known as "The South Shore". "What you see depends on what your looking for..." ~Madeline Islandism~
2: It's a three mile ferry ride from Bayfield to Madeline. The ferry runs into December until Lake Superior freezes over for the winter, then ice road is used for transporting people to and from the island by automobile. | Wish you were here Julia!
3: We rented a two-bedroom log cabin nestled in the woods of ChebomniconBay with a view of the lake and a cozy fireplace.
4: Madeline Island is the traditional spiritual center for the Lake Superior Chippewa/Ojibwe and was one of the earliest settlements in the area. The first white settlers were French fur traders who in 1693 established a fort that eventually became the community of La Pointe. Today the island is a permanent home to over 200 people but welcomes a much larger summer population.
13: "Security is mostly a superstition" ~A sign outside of Tom's Burned Down Café~
14: La Pointe is the only community in the Apostle Islands open for commercial development.. The of the residents and shopkeepers of LaPointe and Madeline like to remind visitors to slow down and enjoy the island pace with clever sayings and artistic expression. "Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints" ~ sign outside of the Mission Hill Coffee House | "Keep doing what you're doing and you'll keep getting what you got" Another of the many signs outside of Tom's Burned Down Café
15: "Well behaved women rarely make history" ~as seen on the bumper sticker of the art gallery owner's car~
16: A great South Shore micro brew, a "burned down" café/bar made out of an old beached boat owned by Tom, and a great little coffee shop that was the meeting place for the latest gossip, to get caught up with a friend, or relax with the day's paper and your favorite morning drink...
17: Nina met some new friends and enjoyed the beautiful island weather!
18: The Madeline Island Cemetery houses the remains of Ojibwe chiefs and early residents. The island was named for Madeline Cadotte who is buried on the island and is the daughter of Chief White Crane and wife of fur trader, Michael Cadotte. "Equaysayway" is the Ojibwe name for Madeline.
20: "Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, honor, that we may heal the earth and heal each other" Ojibwe Prayer
22: "Aabawaa" is the Ojibwe word that describes the weather as warm and mild.
25: Bo and Talo enjoyed the beach but stayed clear of the water, while Anja swam and played in Lake Superior.
30: "Ahki" is the Ojibwe word for Earth and "Nibi" means water