Day 163, Door County WI

Almost 2 weeks exploring Wisconsin , and we are sad to leave . It’s a beautiful state – green trees , rolling hills , nice people . So much to do ! We crammed in as much as we could, and even watched a couple DVD’s when the rain came down in buckets . The newscaster said that as the weather had kept up , it was raining 8″ an hour .

Luckily , we got to Door County and had good weather for a few days . We stayed at Peninsula State Park again , just like in 1998. 3,000 acres of biking , shoreline and bliss . Couldn’t remember which site we had camped in , but I do remember calling Mom from a pay phone , crying . We had been car camping for over a month , and we had 5 straight days of rain here . We also remember the raccoon trying to get into our tent in the middle of the night , and our kind neighbors who left us all their wet wood because they couldn’t take the rain anymore .

The little towns in Door County are charming with their shops and cafés, with Egg Harbor being our favorite for the local specialty – cherry ice cream. Num!

The real highlight, however , is Green Bay on one side , and Lake Michigan on the other . They are both breathtaking ! We visited the quiet side to see Cana Lighthouse again . Unfortunately , they built up the cause way so you don’t have to walk through water to get to the island anymore . And they charge for setting foot on the island , even if you don’t want the lighthouse tour . (The Wisconsin parks charge for everything – even a bike path needs a permit .). The island was just how we remembered it – lighthouse and keepers residence , kerosene hut , and the outhouse . They are trying to raise funds to restore everything and Nate and I hoped they’d leave the last building closed . It still stinks !

We had a good time at the Fish boil for Nate’s 13th birthday , but I’m going to let him tell you about that . Suffice to say that the bus load of already tipsy tourists pulling up in the middle made it more amusing .

We had one really memorable bike ride in the park . Nate, leading like a wild man , Dan and Eliza riding along and talking , and me bringing up the caboose on the recumbent . I knew there were hills coming up, so I was hanging back to enjoy flying down them . Dan yells “snake”, Eliza gets around it , and I’m stuck on the other side of the peninsula by this 5′ snake ! He’s enjoying the hot pavement , and yes , I know they can’t hear , but my loud screaming must have vibrated his world because he stopped and just kept looking to either side . At us . Swamps on both sides , so nothing to pick up . Finally he slithers away and I rode across as fast as I could . We didn’t ride that trail again !

The other memorable creatures were the Mosquitos . Capitol M because the things are huge . And so prevalent that I joked if they could swarm closer together, they could hold up the camera to take a pic of our family . Really , too many . In the RV , Nate took care if them . In the car, we’d roll down windows to try to get them out . In the shower house , it was every man for himself . Nate’s body count beat mine by 14 this morning, but I swell up worse when bit. We’ve all taken Benadryl and are a bit loopy.

So now we’re off to Iron Mountain , MI where Nate’s godparents live . Looking forward to hugging them and meeting their kids . We’re sure the Mosquitos won’t be this far north .

About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is www.gojacobsons.com and my current blog is sallysbendblog.com. Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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