While my blog normally covers all things exotic and foreign, it is all a matter of perspective.
For all of my non-American readers, today you will experience the exotic culture and geography of the Upper-Midwestern United States. A part of America that is so familiar to me, I can close my eyes and recreate each of the five senses purely from memory alone. We all have places like this—my friends in Ethiopia can taste shiro and injera, and smell the wild baboons in the Simien mountains. My friends in Cambodia can feel the salt of the Gulf of Thailand on their skin and the taste of tangy prahok in their mouth. Similarly, Sean and I can hear the call of the hermit thrush, taste of cheese curds, and imagine the waves of Lake Michigan lapping the rocky shore.
Here is Door County in early June.
The Holiday Music Motel, a vintage throw-back in Sturgeon Bay. One of the best hotels I’ve stayed at in the US so far. Absolutely fantastic breakfast in a ‘serve yourself’ diner setting.
I felt like I was either in my grandmother’s kitchen or a church basement for a Friday night fish-fry. (If you’re from Wisconsin, that sentence makes perfect sense.)
On the shores of Lake Michigan, at Whitefish Dunes State Park.
One of Sean’s favorite places in Door County, Cave Point County Park.
Perched on the rocky ledges of Cave Point.
Door County is famous for its lighthouses. This one is located in Peninsula State Park, one of the most popular State Parks in Wisconsin.
On top of Eagle Tower, with Horseshoe Island in the background.
Hiking the Eagle Trail. Was it difficult? Not so much. Beautiful? Absolutely.
Sean goes spelunking in the caves along the Eagle Trail.
In Sister Bay, Wisconsin, there is a famous restaurant that has goats grazing on their roof. We, unfortunately, visited on a day that they were mowing the lawn. No goats, but certainly an entertaining photograph!
We then visited The Ridges Sanctuary State Natural Area in Bailey’s Harbor. It was recommended for being particularly beautiful and remote, with an active bald eagle nest. As you can see in the above photo (which is actually a screen capture from a video), I became a mosquito-fighting phantom, covering every part of my body from the ridiculously vicious mosquitos that were there!
Inside The Ridges there is an old homestead from the early 1900’s.
We were the only people for miles around. It was a fairy land.
Then we popped out on the shores of Lake Michigan once again. I never get tired of this view.
On our way home, we found yet another lighthouse. Door County never ceases in its simple beauty.