So, I am smurfing in my Smurf shack, out on the tip of Scoville Point, Isle Royale National Park. This is pristine wilderness. It is the quietest place I have ever been. Days would transpire without hearing a human voice, nor would I speak. I have done a lot of solo hiking and camping, but this was the most isolating experience I have had. I was connecting deeply with myself. Hiking in and out of the parks developed areas was a complete shock. I am sure it would have been different had I taken someone with me, but I did not. I relished this time untethered from phone, family, friends, and country. For three weeks, in September, at the boundary waters, in Lake Superior, I was an island!