Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Door County, WI | Part One

We made our way to Door County in Wisconsin.  Door County is part of the Door Peninsula and, because of its nearly 300 miles of coastline on Lake Michigan, is a popular vacation spot for the residents of Wisconsin and Illinois. The area is very reminiscent of Cape Cod and coastal Maine, minus the smell of salt water in the air, and we managed to miss the traffic and crowds by visiting a couple weeks before the start of busy season.

On our first night, we camped at Potawatomi State Park. We went for a hilly bike ride around the park to check out some of the vista points before coming back to camp and bundling up for a chilly night (I had on four layers!). Right before bed we noticed the bright moon shining through the trees and took a short walk to the lake - there was no need for a flashlight - and listened to the water lap against the shore. The next morning, we awoke with the sun and returned to the lake - Taras fished for a bit while I did yoga. When we got back to our campsite, the birds had woken up and were chirping like crazy (listen below! The audio clip may not show up in old browser versions.).

We spent the rest of the day exploring the peninsula. A quick hike at Peninsula State Park led us through trees and rocks and past beautiful lookouts. We drove past farms, wineries, and orchards (the region is known for their cherries) and through quaint, little villages with libraries that didn't open until three in the afternoon and that seemingly had more art galleries and B&Bs than people. To cap off the day, beers with a view were definitely in order.

Day two in paradise will be posted soon!


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