The last time we talked I left you at the entrance to Wagon Trail Campground. Let’s pick up our travels there. Grab a comfy chair, put your feet up and prepare to resume your journey through Door County Wisconsin. You might want to grab a few marshmallows and a stick in case you get hungry as you read.
Located on the eastern shore of Door County, in Rowley’s Bay, Wagon Trail Campground is our favorite place to camp. We find it so pleasant because its quiet, nicely wooded, has large sites, friendly employees and very clean restrooms and showers.
Since we are tent campers it takes us a little longer to get situated. First on the agenda is a walk through our campsite to determine if, where and in which direction the ground slopes. Having ones head slope down hill tends to make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Together we both decide where the best place is to put our tent. Once we agree upon just the right spot it takes no time to stake out and erect our REI Kingdon 6 Tent and our Coleman screen house.
Next we load in our sleeping bags, clothes, etc., hang the clothesline and decorative lights and carry the picnic table inside the screen house. On top of the table, we carefully unfold and lay out a vinyl table covering. This tablecloth has been in our family since the early days of our marriage. We estimate its age to be approximately 30 years old. I often wonder how many times it has accompanied us on picnics and camping trips.
On the back side of our tablecloth is a soft fuzzy material. Some of the fuzziness has disappeared from use. The top is red, yellow, white and blue with splashes of flowers. To keep the vinyl cover from blowing away we anchor it to the table with those nifty clips you can purchase just about anywhere. The clips come in either plastic or metal. From experience we have found the metal ones to be much sturdier. On top of the table, at one end, sits our two burner Coleman stove. On the seat below rests our five gallon water jug.
There, I think we are ready to go. Over the course of the next seven days we filled our time with a plethora of activities. Rather than bore you with the minute by minute details let me share a catalogue of our favorites as well as those still on our list of things to do. We’ll begin our journey at the water’s edge.
Boats, Boats and More Boats
Door County is well-known for the beautiful bodies of water surrounding her shores. Where there’s water there are boats. Lining the docks of every harbor are rows and rows of watercraft of every shape and size. Some are simple in construction and others are decked out with fancy gadgets, gleaming sides and unusual names. Whether large or small I marvel at their collective vision. I often find myself daydreaming about their origins and destinations, what adventures might they have had and what new excursions are they headed for.
Since I fall victim to motion sickness floating across water is not something I can do. The best place for me in on solid ground. Although my feet will never set foot on their carefully maintained decks I draw pure enjoyment through the lens of my camera. If you happen to be within earshot of my camera you will hear the clicking of my shutter as it snaps first one, then two, then three photos recording the memories I’ve collected.
How can you enjoy water without admiring a sunset. No matter where I am a sunset will always draw my attention. I’m intrigued by their beauty, their colors and the peacefulness that washes over the landscape as nature prepares to rest. One of our favorite places to watch a sunset is at Ellison Bluff County Park. There you can sit and observe the sun as it sets over Green Bay. Somehow the vision created as the sun sets over water is so much more beautiful than those over land. The sun’s rays, as they shimmer on the water, hypnotize its observers. The glimmer draws you in and captures every ounce of consciousness til you find yourself frozen, unable to turn away, afraid you might miss even a second of the magnificent display.
The following short clip will give you a sample tour of the park.
So what do you think? You’re probably wondering why you didn’t get to watch one of the spectacular sunsets. The only way you will see one those is to travel to Door County yourself.
I think we will call it quits for today. Don’t get discouraged though because Part Three will be coming very soon. Until then, find time to watch one of your very own sunsets.