A Day-trip to High Island
At 11:00 a.m. Monday morning, August 3rd, we decided to visit High Island. After gassing up Jeff's boat and borrowing Ernie Martin's inflatable raft, we cruised out of Beaver Island's harbor, circled Whiskey Point, and headed west in the channel between Beaver and Garden Island.
It was a hot day, slightly overcast, with a very slight roll to the deep, blue-green sea. Cormorants and gulls were conducting their business as usual. The breeze rushing over our heads felt great.
We knew a little about High Island, but had never walked its trails. In the 1850's, the Mormons were there, but no details were preserved. Native Americans inhabited the island, but, once again, information on when and where is lacking. Sometime late in the nineteenth century, a large-scale lumbering operation was set up; the mill the Israelites used was already there, abandoned, when they bought the land in 1912.