Ron & Elena's 2014 Travels travel blog

View from Hwy 42 toward the park overlooking the harbor in the...

The small harbor is used for pleasure craft.

Very beautiful little harbor on Green Bay.

The Peg Egan PAC Amphitheater hosts very popular outdoor concerts during the...

 

There are dozens of these beautiful eggs scattered all around the town...

 

 

 

 

 

Along our walk we spotted this very unique bicycle rack ...

… and a beautifully restored old Morris Minor 1000.

The breeze blew the strong fragrance of the lilacs in our direction.

The peonies are in full bloom in this area.

A most beautiful variety of peony.

 

 

We spent some time at the Wood Orchard Market in Egg Harbor...

 

View of the harbor at Fish Creek.

They have some good solid poles for their street signs!

Beautiful flowers are in bloom all over town.

 

 

Our first sighting of white bleeding hearts.

A highlight of our day was attending our first "fish boil" at...

View from the front of the restaurant toward the back. The boil...

We had reservations for the first seating of the day. Here the...

This bucket of potatoes & bucket of onions will be lowered into...

After the veggies have boiled for 15 minutes the fish are boiled...

This man was the chief cook controlling the fire, and timing the...

It's a real spectator sport - watching your dinner being prepared is...

Now the veggies have been cooking for 15 min. and the fish...

The water is just starting to boil over the edge of the...

After the fish have been in 15 min the cook throws kerosene...

... the flame-up intensifies the heat, causes the surface water to boil...

... and causes the fish oils on the surface of the water...

As the fire diminishes the cooking is complete ...

... and the food is removed from the boiling water ...

... and quickly served. They use Lake Michigan White Fish caught locally...

One of us ordered the cherry pie (outstanding) and the other ordered...

The beautiful harbor at Sister Bay.

 

All along Hwy 42 through Sister Bay we saw these signs in...

Then we saw Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik. The sign has...

... and so does the restaurant. Several goats live on the roof...

You can barely see these two guys in the last photo at...

And just above the entrance to the restaurant (not visible because of...

... was this guy watching the customers come and go.

We spotted 4 goats on the roof but there may have been...

Just another fun day of life on the road touring the best...


(Ron Writing) This morning we left the city of Green Bay and headed northeast to tour “cape cod”. The Door County Peninsula of Wisconsin is kind of a hidden gem. It extends roughly 80 to 100 miles out into Lake Michigan to separate Green Bay along its west shore from the open water of Lake Michigan on its east shore. It has over 300 miles of shoreline with many small towns that have somewhat the feel of the small ocean front towns of the northeastern US. The peninsula also has a lot of agriculture with many cherry and apple orchards and vineyards.

We drove out on highway 42 to the tip of the peninsula stopping in several towns to walk around and see some of the sights. Then we drove back down the peninsula on highway 57 along the southeast side making a sort of loop that rejoins highway 42 at Sturgeon Bay.

During the entire drive we enjoyed beautiful scenery, sometimes right on the shoreline, sometimes more inland. Some of the highlights of the day were our walking tours of Egg Harbor and Fish Creek, dinner at Pelletier’s, and brief stops in Sister Bay and Ellison Bay. There were many other quaint and lovely towns and communities.

Door County is known for their unique “fish boil” dinners. We’d never heard of these until we visited this area and it sounded like another one of those “adventures in dining” that would be fun to experience. A fish boil dinner consists of potatoes, sweet onions, and fish all boiled together in a very large pot. Pelletier’s prepares a fish boil every 30 minutes several times every evening. Each boil serves 2 to 4 dozen people who have previously made a reservation for that time slot. The meal also comes with bread, a beverage, and cherry pie and can be ordered with either a full portion of fish (14 oz) or a half portion of fish. The prices are very reasonable for this all inclusive meal. The photos will give you a better idea of how this meal is prepared.

Enjoy the photos and see why we had such an enjoyable day on “cape cod” today.

We are spending the night in Sturgeon Bay near the center of the Door Peninsula. It is also the largest town on the peninsula.

Today’s drive: 135 miles

Miles since leaving North Ranch: 4,174



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