After finally camping at Bear Island last October, I promised myself I'd go every October for as long as I can. So a few months ago, I grabbed one of the few available sites left on an October weekend and crossed my fingers that the weather would cooperate. Thankfully it did. I had Friday, 10/23 off, but ran into an unexpected conflict. So instead of arriving in early afternoon, I made the final passenger ferry with 15 minutes to spare. I think next year I will plan to spend two nights.