After making the ascent up the 186 steps just to get to the Lookout Tower on Washington Island, I was terribly disappointed that there were no views to be seen as the surrounding terrain was thick with tons of trees. The lookout tower was just a few feet away from the steps that I ascended and to my surprise, I had seen a father and his son descending the lookout tower. His wife was at the base of the tower, apparently acting as a "lookout" while they were on the tower. The father said to me that the tower seemed to be OK structurally and that if there were numerous people on the tower, perhaps that would be a different story.
The woman told me that she would give me a yodel if people (or park ranger) were approaching the tower if I wanted to go up. The tower had a 2 x 10 nailed across the base of the stairs and I crawled underneath and ascended the stairs to the top of the tower. After getting up to the top, I felt exposed and that I might be seen by park rangers at the top. So I quickly took a series of photos and then descended. As you can see in the bottom corner, there is a road there and I feared I might be spotted. It would have been nice to see this view in the autumn months.
Photo captured August 17, 2020.
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