Our intention when we headed out to Washington Island,
located at the farthest point north on the Door County Peninsula
was to take the vehicle ferry ($53 for the jeep and two passengers) over to the island
and then take an additional passenger ferry ($11 each) over to Rock Island State Park,
before I continue with that story,
I must show you how we got parked on the ferry. . .
it was so full that they backed us into this last available corner.
It would have been an hour wait for the next ferry,
so we were happy to be aboard. . .
not to seem blasé’, but we use the ferry system in Texas (which is free)
quite often, as a matter of fact. . .our very first date, 40 years ago,
was to go with friends to ride the Bolivar Ferry in Galveston,
so we were fine with the entire situation. . .
(the deck hands asked if we had ever driven onto a ferry before)
as an aside. . .this is the trolley tour you can take, if you are not inclined to bring your vehicle over. . .
back to the story. . .in our usual fashion (being horrible tourists)
we got a later start than intended. . .and discovering that the last ferry BACK
to the mainland was at 4:30. . . we needed to make a decision. . .
(the later ferry runs will start in July)
if we went to the State Park, and hiked to the lighthouse,
we would have NO time to explore Washington Island. . .hmmmm. . .
so we chose to forego the lighthouse, and simply explore the island. . .
here’s what we discovered. . .
first stop. . .The Mountain Tower
a lovely little hike up the stairway to heaven,
and then another few steps to the top. . .
for a fairly great view of Rock Island (you can just see the tower of the current lighthouse)
and the Wisconsin Mainland across Green Bay. . .lots of marine haze though. . .
a very nice Minister/Schoolteacher couple offered to take this pic. . .
they were from Green Bay, and taking a quick summer break. . .
we just meet the nicest folks out and about everywhere we go. . .
as we are driving along, we see this group of Sand Hill Cranes. . .
I’m telling Dave. . .stop, I need to take a pic. . .I’m not sure what they are, but I know they are special. . .LOL!
I later contacted Jeannie (Sparky) from Where’s Eldo, as I was sure I remembered seeing them on her blog. . .
she verified that they were indeed Sand Hill Cranes. . .I guess they like cooler summer weather too.
on to the next item on our brochure. . .Schoolhouse Beach. . .
a lovely place to enjoy our tuna salad and crackers. . .
an entire beach of beautiful polished limestone rocks. . .
I told Dave after taking this pic of dry rocks and wet rocks. . .
“I am intrigued by the weirdest things”. . .I think they are just beautiful,
back when my grandson and I used to do paintings on rocks,
I could certainly have used some of these beauties. . .
another beautiful view of Washington Harbor with Schoolhouse Beach on the far right end. . .
the lilacs in the foreground smelled wonderful. . .
it was growing wild all over the island. . .
we drove around searching out every vantage point to see Rock Island. . .
just sure we could at least get a glimpse of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse. . .
but this was the best we were able to do. . .just a glimpse of the tower. . . and the cliffs. . .
my favorite thing on the island. . .the Stavkirke. . .
a replica of a Norwegian House of Worship. . .
and although not historical in the sense of time,
still a very interesting architectural structure. . .
and that was about it for Washington Island. . .
in retrospect, we should have planned better,
and included Rock Island in our itinerary for the day. . .
but overall. . .it was fun day. . .spent together. . .exploring!
and we got to ride the ferry back to the mainland facing forward. . .yaaa!
a quick stop at Bailey’s Harbor on the way home to get a pic of the
mural depicting the history of the village. . .
and by walking out to the end of the dock behind the building,
a lovely view of the Bailey’s Harbor Lighthouse. . .
see you next time at Fish Creek. . .
Janice and Dave
another great blog about the Bailey’s Harbor Mural
Info about Rock Island State Park and the Pottawatomie Lighthouse
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