We truly enjoyed our visit to Devil’s Lake, but had commitments necessitating we pull up jacks and start rolling north toward Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Between the hiking, the crane foundation, and the Baraboo farmer’s market, we had a wonderful stay at Devil’s Lake State Park and wouldn’t mind returning some day.
It is however Wisconsin’s busiest state park and even though I booked our reservation five months in advance, I was still unable to secure a site over a weekend. During the week, there did appear to be plenty of open sites available for drop-ins. (We stayed here during the middle of August)
Al’s best friend from college and best man in our wedding was eager for our arrival. We fit comfortably in Roger’s driveway and set up house within minutes. Even though we only stayed in Marshfield the weekend, we managed to get in plenty of catching up. That Sunday was preseason football and the Green Bay Packers were playing. This is serious Packer Land and Cheese Land.
Roger planned a tailgate party at his house which included a bunch of people we hadn’t seen in years. Even though the Packers lost, it was a super fun day. We loved visiting with everyone and the weekend flew by. I may have worn Packer green that day and been turned into a cheese head, but I assure you, it was a momentary lapse and I’m back to wearing the orange and blue of the Denver Bronco’s.
The day after the football game, we packed up the RV and headed to Algoma, Wisconsin. But first, a stop at Cabela’s to empty the holding tanks was necessary and a cruise by Lambeau Field (home of the Packers) was in order, for posterity. After all, we were Green Bay Packer fans for a day.
Pulling into the Green Bay Cabela’s was easy. Quite a few Cabela stores offer a dump station free of charge. Not this one. (for all you non-RVer’s, this talk is about the not so fun and stinky part of RVing. Our holding tanks contain our waste water, including potty waste and when we’re not staying in an RV Park with full hook-ups we need to find a place to clean out our tanks before they fill up).
There was a $5.00 charge to access the dump station or free if we bought something. Hmm! We stepped inside the store and quickly purchased some chocolate walnut fudge. We took our receipt to the customer service counter and were given a number that would unlock the dump cover. Let’s see – they gave us fudge and we gave them shit …. literally! Sounds like we got the better end of the deal 🙂
With clean tanks and plenty of fresh water on board, we continued the drive from Green Bay to the little town of Algoma, Wisconsin. The rest of the fishing gang wouldn’t be showing up until late the next day allowing Al and I to have a day to explore Door County.
Door County is a popular tourist destination especially for residents of Wisconsin and Illinois, boasting 300 miles of scenic shoreline, 5 state parks, and 19 charming communities.
With our RV comfortably parked in Algoma, we set off on a scenic drive that had us skirting up County Road B, along the waters of Green Bay. It didn’t take long for Al and I to realize why this is such a popular place for vacation homes. Homes of varying architectural styles are nestled in the woods along the shores of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. Most homes enjoy their own private dock for easy watercraft access. As we approached the quaint town of Egg Harbor, we were greeted by plenty of old fashion charm. This would be merely the first of several such communities we explored that day.
We saw plenty of unique shops, eateries, brew pubs, wineries, art gallery’s, and marina’s, but what stuck out to me the most were the beautiful gardens.Each business seemed to take the extra effort in the gardening arena, adding more character and ambiance to an already lovely place.
Considering this is Wisconsin, I shouldn’t have been surprised with all the lush and beautiful vegetation. The rich, black soil makes it easy to grow just about anything. All those flowers did continually captivate my attention to the point hubby asked jokingly, “How many more Black Eyed Susan’s do you have to look at?”
And then there’s the orchards…. apples, cherries, and berries oh my! Up next.