Wednesday, July 9. Door County is considered the Cape Cod of the Midwest with a peninsula dividing Green Bay and Lake Michigan. “History & Heritage of Egg Harbor is that a legendary egg battle took place in our harbor on June 23, 1825. The battle began when men among a six-boat trading flotilla began throwing hardtack at each other while approaching a spot of land. This first bout ceased due to their continuing need of the staple. The playfulness started again with eggs now the ammunition of choice. The leader tried to stop the battle, but the fun was ‘too fierce to be readily given up.’ When they camped on that spot of land, the storm was brewing for yet another egg fight! The great egg battle stopped only for want of ammunition and the men ‘laughed until exhausted.’ The next morning the battlefield was so strewn with eggshells that before leaving shore, speeches befitting the occasion were made and the spot was formally christened Egg Harbor.”
It is a beautiful day with sun-shining and temperatures in the mid-60’s which is a little cool for us, but really nice outside. We drove to the quaint little town of Egg Harbor, just a few minutes from our campground, arriving at lunch time. Many of the restaurants listed in the dining guide for the coastal towns are dog-friendly, indicated by a dog paw by their names in the guide. So, we decided to take Gabby with us for the day of touring. We selected Shipwrecked Restaurant, Brewery Pub which has a nice out-door dining area with a coastal view and enjoyed a nice lunch with Gabby at our feet and we were pleased that she was very well behaved. The Shipwrecked menu had a few cute ghost stories fitting for it’s motto “Shipwrecked Serves Up More ‘Spirits’ than just those you drink!”
We toured a few of the shops then drove to Peninsula State Park, the only campground with water views. There were many bicyclists and it was a very nice area for a bike ride, but Bill still is up to much activity with his cold. We drove through the coastal towns of Fish Creek, Ephraim (Karen’s favorite), Sister Bay, Ellison Bay and Gills Rock which is where they have a ferry over to Washington Island by car of by foot. We considered taking the ferry, but by the time we arrived it was late in the afternoon and we wouldn’t have had much time to tour besides it being much of what we had already seen. It was a pretty beach area and we allowed Gabby to walk in the water. The coastal towns offer many art galleries and hopefully we’ll be able to find a small, inexpensive painting/print to add to small collection of European trips taken. Our last stop of the day was for Gelato back in Egg Harbor before returning to our campground.