Door County

Don’t you just love Door County? We sure do! I had asked Chuck before we went on our big trip, to visit Door County and he wasn’t too excited. I asked to especially bring our folding bikes so we could ride Peninsula Park near Fish Creek because I had first visited the Park with the Girly Whirly Adventure Club about 8 years ago (Julie and Sal – no prom dresses this time!) and had such a great time!

So we sailed to Fish Creek on Saturday after Sturgeon Bay and had an amazing sailing afternoon. We sailed about 20 miles going at least 7 knots the entire way – no waves either. It was sunny too. Chuck kept saying over and over, what a great boat, what a great boat! We couldn’t have asked for a better ride!

We also saw the last of the ice from Green Bay washed up on the eastern shore but nothing in the water. The photo below is from about 1/2 mile out…its the white stuff on the beach. We’re watching the ice closely every day on the NOAA satellite images posted two times per day.

The ice from Green Bay had just left a couple of days prior to us entering it. The larger image of Lake Michigan below was taken 30 days ago and you can see Green Bay is clogged with ice. The smaller image of the Great Lakes was taken last week before we entered it and shows Green Bay clear of ice.

We’re hoping that the ice in Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior does the same thing over the next few days. The solo image below of Lake Superior was taken 30 days ago – notice all of the white snow surrounding the lake! The ice on the lake is getting smaller and smaller each day and a lot of it is floating out into deeper water making very cool designs on the water. We need southerly winds and a nice rain to eliminate it completely and we might get that on Wednesday!

 

Sorry, back to Door County! We tied up on the city dock but we were so early in the season, the marina was still not operational. We tied off at the end and hoped we weren’t intrusive to anyone. The town of Fish Creek was great.

We sailed into Fish Creek in time to hit the White Gull Inn for their Door County Fish Boil. We forgot our cameras but this is an image someone else took during the fish boil and it looked the same. It was delicious!

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We did get to bike Peninsula Park, like I hoped. Its a beautiful park with a lot of history and not a lot of traffic this time of year. On the way back to the boat, we stopped for Wisconsin custard, which is now Chuck’s favorite (Thanks Tom!)!

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I ended up staying on the boat the rest of the afternoon with the dodger closed against the cold north wind and finished reading my book club book, The Fall of Marigolds. Pretty good book – nice selection Christy! What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon – it has been too long!

Chuck rode his bike to Sister Bay (about 17 miles round trip) to start getting ready for the Lutsen 39er coming up the end of June. He also brought back some salad and strawberries. Yum!

We decided we liked the marina and town so much that we stayed another night. Another great sunset spent at Fish Creek and tomorrow we’re off to cross Lake Michigan so we can start working our way to Mackinac Island by May 10 and up the river to the Sault Saint Marie or the Soo by the 15th.

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4 thoughts on “Door County

  1. Love seeing all the post of your travel. We love Door Co. as well. Safe travel as you make your way to Mackinac Island.

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  2. Hello Kim and Chuck, Len and I are very happy that you are enjoying the boat and your time on it. Good sails and getting to know how the boat handles, dinner parties, good food and good company, and good adventures. I hope you have a good crossing and remember, if you are in Leland, breakfast at the Early Bird and dinner at the Blue Bird. Leland has a great smokehouse right by the harbor and that is a must to stock up on some smoked fish. There is also a grocery store very close by on the main street. Jackie and Len Nowak

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