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Friday, February 28, 2014

On the Road Friday ~ Apostle Islands ~ Sea Caves

Welcome to On the Road Friday.
Today we will be taking a trip of a life time. We have tried to visit the Sea Caves during the winter for four years! Each year the ice had either blown out from a Nor'easter or it simply was to warm.

We all know...we are having a COLD winter.
With that cold winter comes a true blessing, exploring the sea caves.

 The sea caves are honeycomb cliffs on Devils Island, Sand Island and near Mawikwe Bay on the mainland. Visitors are drawn to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in summer and winter to visit the sea caves and witness Lake Superior's ever - changing handiwork.
 Winter visitors need to be especially careful. Warm clothing is a must. Sub-zero temperatures and bitter wind - chills are common. Walking on ice can be extremely dangerous and demands caution. The ice can be very rough or slippery. 
If you go, watch for new cracks or soft spots in the ice, wear sturdy boots, carry a ski pole or walking stick.
Watch for falling ice near the caves.
Okay, you are all ready. 
Ice Caves here we come.
 We called this formation "Frozen Fireworks".
 A close up of the Frozen Fireworks.
 The full view of the Frozen Fireworks.
 Heading into a cave.
Jeremy is still out on the ice. So I am taking a photo of him and he is taking a photo of me.
The boys are starting to head into the cave.
 Looking up!
Looking way up!
 Looking out at Jeremy from inside the cave.
 Exploring the cave.
 I love the ice. Each piece is different. It truly is amazing.
 It was always nice to be inside a cave and out of the wind. 

If you do plan to visit the Sea Caves check out the following for sea cave watch 
To learn more about the ice conditions at the mainland sea caves, call 715-779-3397
This photo is from the sea cave watch web cam. The cam is way up on a cliff. Jeremy has been busy looking at the photos from the cam for the past few weeks. On the evening we came home, he checked the web cam. Guess What? We are captured walking back to the parking lot. The four explorers you see walking in a line is the brave TePaske family.

We thought it was cool that we were captured on the web cam.
We enjoyed our day. 
I plan to post some more photo's next Friday too. We have so many, I did not want to overwhelm  you with one big post.
Join us again next week as we once again head out to the Sea Caves of the Apostle Islands.
Have a great weekend.
Stay Warm!



  1. Incredible photos and how fun that you were captured on the web cam!
    Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

  2. Oh my goodness Carla! You and your family have the coolest adventures. My parents went to Apostle Islands this summer and LOVED it. I had no idea it was so impressive in the winter as well. Your pictures were beautiful. Nature is magnificent.

  3. I have seen these caves from another blogger...so cool to be able visit in person. I had heard that Lake Superior is 95% frozen. Great pics! Janice

  4. That is unbelievable...stunning. I've never heard of them before, but then again, we are near the ocean, not the Great Lakes....


  5. Awesome, Carla! I'm so glad you got to go and thank you for sharing your photos with us!

  6. Wow! Beautiful photos! Ice can be like a piece of artwork!!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I am so glad you were able to go to this! A couple of my co-workers made the journey "up north" to see the caves, and have just raved about it! The pictures are all so truly amazing. If we weren't taking a vacation at the end of this month, we would be taking the time to go see the caves. I am so looking forward to seeing more of your photo's!

  9. Wowww!!!! These are so cool!! Caves freak me out a little and ice caves even more so but I loved looking at these photos! Amazing! Thanks for sharing!


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