My wife and I took the Grand Tour in late May on our first trip to the Lake Superior region. After reading many reviews about how you only see trees on the tour, we decided to take the boat ride anyway, since we had never been to the Apostle Islands or Lake Superior before. I can say that the majority of the islands do look the same, but it was still a very enjoyable cruise.
We arrived early like all the reviews said to do, and there were only a handful of people, although the boat did fill up before it left the dock. Although a lot of the reviews said that everyone ran up to the top of the boat, most people changed locations throughout the tour, primarily because it grew so cold outside.
Most of the people were very friendly, so it made the wait enjoyable on a cool morning. The boat left on time and the crew were very funny and informative. Captain Sherman was hysterical with a down-to-Earth personality, passionate voice, and an interesting man. He alone made the tour worth while, but just being on the Lake was fun, especially for a couple that had never been to this part of the country before.
Captain Sherman had stories of most every island, and when there were boats visible, knew what kind of boats they were and what those people would be doing. He not only told of the history of the islands, but many personal experiences which made the tour much more enjoyable than just a boring history lesson.
The Lake grew colder and colder the further out we went, and it was very obvious that we were from Florida, but it was all part of the experience, especially to see so much ice out on the Lake in late May! It did take about two hours to reach Devil's Island, but it was worth it, even seeing a bald eagle glide over the lake.
Because the water was so calm, Capt. Sherman maneuvered the boat right up to the sea caves to get an even closer look. We saw the lighthouse on Raspberry Island as well, before heading back to the warmer temperature of Bayfield.
The cruise was enjoyable because of the crew, the beauty of the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior, and the cold temperatures during late May.
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