Skip and Donna - On The Road travel blog

Bayfield, Wisconsin - Harbor

One of two ferry boats out to Madeline Island.

Bayfield Harbor - Hilltop view

Little Sand Bay - The jump off point to the Apostle Islands.

Kayakers preparing to head out to explore the Apostle Islands. Wish we...

The small marina at Little Sand Bay. Such a beautiful place and...

Just another one of those every day, run of the mill, sunsets......

L’Anse to Cedar WI - Today we drove more inland across National Forest Land to Cedar, Wisconsin, just east of Ashland and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore a kayakers paradise of 22 islands sitting off the Bayfield peninsula. We settled into the Frontier RV Park and Campground... on Route 2 right behind a Mobil gas station and bar and grill! I know, it sounds awful but actually it was quiet and spacious. It is the only campgrounds, so far, that let us wash the coach.

We met a nice family, with an even nicer golden retriever. They come there every weekend to meet up with the father who works in Minnesota. The rest of the family lives in Wisconsin.

First, we find the nearby town of Ashland. The town used to be prosperous in the early 1900’s. You can still see remnants of the first large hotel and the railroad docks that were used to unload flatcars of iron ore onto the freighters for the trip to the iron smelters. Murals adorn many downtown buildings depicting earlier times. We finally found a Wallmart Supercenter. We needed to stock up on supplies. Yea!

After Walmart, we found the National Park Service's visitor’s center for the Apostle Islands - planning for our Apostle Island Trip for the next day begins...

The drive out to the Apostle Islands hugs the harbor and we first go through the bustling tourist town of Bayfield with its marina and quaint shops and a ferry to nearby Madeline Island. We watched the ferry for awhile and drove around town. To get out to the Islands, you have to drive through the Red Cliff Indian Reservation to the Little Sand Bay Visitor Center where there is a beach, a dock, and a small campground. We watched the kayakers come and go and wished we had ours but that’s life. We left the kayaks home to save on weight.

Lunch was on a picnic table next to the dock then we headed back towards town. We were going to the local summer festival but decided it was too late, too crowded, and probably too expensive. Instead, we decided to mingle in the bar/gas station and have dinner with some of the locals - a nice bunch of people!

Tomorrow will be it for the Upper Peninsula. It's a quiet, beautiful place…

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