Ron & Elena's 2014 Travels travel blog

Main marina - not the best day for photography but we work...

 

This dock has several charter boats for sailing or fishing.

Also tour boats ...

Many fine old homes on the hill overlooking the harbor.

View of Madeline Island about with 50x zoom.

 

View of the marina from out on a dock.

Overview of the Apostle Islands

 

 

We saw lots of flowers blooming while on our walk.

We walked up that big hill to see some of the fine...

This is the view afforded to those home owners. It would really...

Cherry Blossoms

It still has cherries on from last year.

A few more of the many houses along our walk.

 

The old and the new stand side by side.

This was a good work-out. The harbor is waaay down at the...

Catholic Church on "church hill" - built in the 1870's

Very beautiful on the inside too.

The old Catholic boarding school has been converted to condos.

 

This is what your lilac bush will look like when it grows...

Episcopal Church

 

A few of the grand old homes have been converted to B&B's...

We noticed this Candy Shop & Bakery was attracting a lot of...

They were all here for ice cream or baked goodies.

These pies look awfully good to me ...

... and these "Winebread" look tempting - we'd never heard of winebread.

We decided we've been eating a little too much of this kind...

But after our experiences in Eastern Canada a few years ago, we...

The catch comes in the back door nice and fresh every morning.

For lunch we had this delicious brown sugar cured smoked whitefish -...

This little corner garden park has several old boats, brick walkways, a...

 

They are about to build a little foot bridge over this pond...

Our new friend and expert frisbee player.

 

Some photos on our walk around the marina on the south side...

 

This is the WW II landing craft that's now used to haul...

Looking inside the pilot house of the LCT (landing craft tank).

Pilot's view of the LCT.

 

 

 

A tribute to a friend.


(Ron Writing) It was very cloudy this morning but it didn’t rain and by afternoon we had some sunshine. This morning we took a long walk to see more of this charming and quaint town. Bayfield has a population of less than 600 but it sure seemed larger than that when we walked around town to see some of the grand old houses. I suspect some of these houses are used seasonally by folks that aren’t counted in the population figures. There are also very many businesses for such a small town but that’s to serve the tourist industry.

For lunch we had some smoked fish we purchased from one of the two local fish processing plants – it was delicious.

After lunch we went for another walk around the other marina and boat launch facility on the south side of town. On the way over we noticed a very unique little park-like garden still under construction. We struck up a conversation with Ken Dobson, a man working in the park. It was vacant lot and the city intended to “condemn” it to make another parking lot, but he was convinced the city needed a city park more than another parking lot so he started building this park with his own funds. Later he told us he would be taking his ship out to Devils Island with a load of cement and other construction materials needed to repair the light house. He told us the ship is an old WW II landing craft that was used at Normandy on D-Day. He pointed us toward where it was docked and permitted us to go on board and look around.

A lady working in the park had a border collie with her. The dog had a frisbee and held it up to me. I’d toss the frisbee and he’d run and catch it in mid-air, then bring it back and drop it by my feet, I’d tell him to pick it up and hold it up so I could take it out of his mouth. He was very obedient. The lady said he will do that all day long with anyone willing to play with him.

Tomorrow the forecast is for sunny skies all day so we’re looking forward to another adventure.



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