Summer 2017 - Great Lakes travel blog

Stone Beach -Washington Island

Norwegian Church - Washington Island

Lavender Farm

Rachael and Goat Line Up

Natalie and Milking Machines

Friendly Goat

Egg Harbor Concert Crowd

We have arrived in Ellison Bay, WI and are parked at Hy-Land Court RV Park. We are about 23 miles from our previous campground. If the Phaeton were amphibious, the trip would have been much shorter. But, instead, we had to drive south to Green Bay and then back north in Door County for a drive of 133 miles.

Our initial reaction as we drove into the park was concern as the entry was narrow and the road was dirt as we wound to the office. But, after we registered, we were led to a much more open area and some nice new pull-thru sites that now provides us with great satellite reception, 50-amp full-hookup service, and outstanding wifi.

We have had a busy week in Door County.

On Tuesday night, after arriving, we drove the short distance north to Ellison Bay and had a nice dinner at the Fireside Restaurant. After dinner, we made a brief stop at Ellison Bay County Park and enjoyed some nice views of Green Bay.

On Wednesday, we attended a musical at the Northern Sky Theater. The theater’s summer series is staged at the amphitheater in Peninsula State Park near Fish Creek, WI. The musical that we saw was locally written and produced. It was entitled, “Oklahoma in Wisconsin.” The local talent was very good and the musical was clever and entertaining.

Friday was our day to drive to the tip of the Door County Peninsula and take the short ferry ride to Washington Island. Upon arrival on the island we had some good pizza at a nearby walk up restaurant and then joined the Cherry Train Tour. The pickup truck drawn train took us around parts of the island and our guide, Hans, gave us an informative look at the island that he calls home. The focus of the tour was on the livability of the island and the many services that make it a good place to live.

We had reserved a spot for a farm tour and lunch at the Dairy County Creamery for Saturday morning. We had limited expectations, but were delighted with both the tour and the lunch. Jesse and Rachael Johnson started a small goat farm in 2010 and began producing goat milk cheese in 2013. The farm currently has more than 170 goats and is a thriving business. Rachael started our tour with some information on the short bus ride from the Creamery to the farm. At the farm, she turned us over to Natalie, who is an apprentice cheese maker who works with the Johnsons.

The highlight of the day was provided by the goats. All of them were bottle fed as babies on the farm and are very friendly toward people. We and the other nine tourists had a great time mingling with the goats as Natalie showed us the small farms facilities. We returned to the Creamery where Jesse gave us a brief presentation on the cheese making and gelato making that happens there. We then had a delightful lunch which, in our case, consisted of a BLT sandwich that included local cheese. It was clear that the folks who work in this enterprise love their work and love their goats!

On Sunday night, we drove to Egg Harbor for an outdoor blues concert. There was a large crowd at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center to attend the performance of Tab Benoit. Annie was able to join us as we set up our folding chairs on the lawn and enjoyed some sandwiches that we had picked up along the way. Benoit did a good show.

Tomorrow we will head south about a hundred miles along the Lake Michigan coast to Two Rivers.

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