full moon over Zippel Bay
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It was dark when I arrived at Zippel Bay but there were plenty of campsites open. As I checked in, the ranger told me that someone reported seeing a black bear with two cubs walking down the road. Nice. Well, as long as I don’t get in between the mama bear and her cubs, or have food in my tent, I’ll be fine.
It was dark, but there was a full moon. On the way to my site, I stopped at the canoe launch to see the lake. I wondered if I could see the moon from there. The beach had some picnic tables and a fire pit and with the waves lapping on shore, I thought I should stop by in the morning. The full moon was spectacular. The moonlight was reflecting off the waters of Lake of the Woods and driftwood along the shore stood out in silhouette.
I set up my tent in the dark and tried to make a fire. You can only use DNR approved firewood in the state parks, and my wood didn’t burn very well. I couldn’t really get the fire going, nor did I care. It was late and I was tired. I burned a few pieces and went to bed. I set up my tent next to the old couple in the RV, thinking they might be quieter. They were, until they decided to make popcorn over the fire right about the time I wanted to go to bed. But that wasn’t so bad. Eventually, even the noisy group nearest the toilet quieted down for the night. I expected it to be cool since I was so far north and it was freezing when I was up on the North Shore in July. But instead, it was quite warm.