Isle Royale is the least visited National Park. I hope it stays that way, frankly. That light touch of tourism will preserve the wilderness, in appearance and spirit, of the Island. I went on this trip because there is a family connection; my paternal grandfather, a civil engineer, worked with the committee to create the park. John and Ann Mahan are incredible leaders, educators, speakers (they shared their videos...beautiful!), photographers, and organizers. Their love for Lake Superior and Isle Royale is obvious and contagious. Birds, plants, mammals (moose!), geology, history, trails, they can tell you the answer or know exactly where to look and what expert can be consulted. Take appropriate shoes and use hiking poles, bug spray, binoculars, and a hat. Be willing to put down the phone (spotty to no service in 1 room), forget about the things to do back home, enjoy the company of the other participants, and be open to the sights (basalt coastline, tiny wild orchids), sounds (loons!), scents (Lake Superior, balsam needles), and spirit of Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Peninsula.