We left around 9am and had a 3 hour drive to Cornucopia. The drive was really beautiful with trees everywhere and an occasional lake. Not much traffic too, which was nice. We stopped at Bad River Casino for lunch. Although the casino was small, the parking lot was big so it was easy to park the RV. Then we were off for the last hour of the drive to Cornucopia.
When we drove through Ashland, we got our first view of Lake Superior. It was beautiful. Then we noticed that areas of the lake were red. Yes, red water. It looked beyond muddy and such a strange color. Then there would be parts that were blue and red. Very weird! So I looked it up on Google. Turns out it happens when the sandbars are disturbed from storms.
We drove about 30 minutes further and our GPS wanted us to turn at a really odd place and we decided to ignore it. Well, that put another 20 minutes on our drive with a drive through Bayfield, the largest town up here. Oh well… we still don’t know if that was a good or bad decision. But when the GPS says it doesn’t know if it’s possible for recreational vehicles to pass on a road, I don’t think it’s a good idea to go there. But the question is….why does the GPS tell us to go there in the first place?! But I felt better putting extra time on the trip and staying on a highway.
When got to the campground, we found a VERY rustic campground but we do have water and power. It was mid-afternoon, so we decided to just drive the couple miles into the village of Cornucopia. It truly is a SMALL village. There’s a beach on Lake Superior, a small marina, a few shops by the lake, a general store and one restaurant in town and one gas station. AND a post office which has a sign saying it is the farthest north post office in Wisconsin.
The next day, Jay went bike riding in the morning and ended up in Bayfield. He called and asked if I wanted to pick him up or wait a couple hours for him to get home. I opted for meeting him. He called when I was on the way and I had no cell service. Wow. That doesn’t happen too often anymore but it is pretty rural up here.
After Jay changed out of his biking clothes, we walked around town and found a cute place for lunch, The Fat Radish. Although service was extremely slow, the lunch was GREAT. The side salad with our sandwich included strawberries and blueberries and had a very tasty balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
From here we checked out the shops and stopped for ice cream. Unfortunately, the ice cream was not all the good. I think we got spoiled in Door County. After a quick stop at the hardware store to get a tool for Jay’s bike, we decided to call it a day. However…. We did stop at the casino on the way home. There are a lot of Indian casinos around here and I thought I’d see how quickly I could lose some money. Well, that sure didn’t take long AT ALL!
On the 4th of July, our plan was to take the ferry over to Madeline Island and see the holiday parade at 10:30. After checking with the ferry office the previous day, we found out that the ferry gets VERY crowded with long lines, so we opted to get there early and relax on the other end. So we left the RV at 7:30 am and drove the 30 minutes to Bayfield. We got a great parking spot and although we planned to catch the 8:45 ferry, they were running extras for the holiday, so we caught the one at 8:15am. It was a beautiful 20 minute ride and we only had to walk a couple blocks to Main Street where the parade would take place. Chairs were out on the street already saving the best places for viewing. We brought out travel chairs and looked for a good spot but stopped at the general store to get coffee and an egg sandwich first. We actually found a park bench on the parade route that was unoccupied and thought that looked more comfortable. So we people and dog watched for about an hour until the start of the parade.
The parade was real home town and it was fun to watch the kids around us get so excited about the floats, sirens and bands and…. the best part…the candy being thrown from the floats. That was kind of funny because one of the kids asked Jay before the parade if he thought this was a candy parade.
When the parade was over, we planned on going to the park where parade awards were going to be given out and a brat and beer lunch was available. But as we walked to the park, we noticed some extremely dark, threatening clouds. Since we felt things would be rained out, we headed to the ferry landing to head back to the “mainland”. So it was us and MANY others trying to get on the ferry. It was standing room only inside and then it happened. We realized how old we are when we were offered seats by some very polite kids. I’d like to think it wasn’t our age but Jay’s arm in the sling that caused them to do this. But I had to laugh that we’ve finally gotten to that age where we’re the “old people” you give your seat to.
We weren’t crossing the lake long before it started to rain pretty hard. So we “ran” from the ferry to the closest restaurant to have lunch and wait out the storm. Then we headed back to the RV.
We were going drive the 30 minutes back to Bayfield at night to watch the fireworks but I was fighting a sore throat all day, so we opted to just relax the rest of the day.
On our last day in this area, Jay went for a bike ride again to Bayfield, but this time he rode all the way back to where we are staying in Cornucopia. Then we headed into town for lunch at Nikki’s and we were pleasantly surprised to have a great meal in this tiny village.
We then drove north a few miles to Meyers Beach to check out this National Lakeshore. It was crowded with cars and trucks pulling trailers with kayaks, so we parked on the road and had a nice walk to the beach. Since we weren’t staying for the day, the ranger said we didn’t have to pay for parking, which was nice.
We walked down quite a few steps to the beach and the beach itself was very shallow. The views were gorgeous including the wild roses growing on the sides of the stairs. I thought about putting my toe in the water but figured it was pretty cold. When we got up top again we asked about this and we were told that today it was 37 degrees and wouldn’t warm up much during the rest of the summer except for the top of the water. However, as soon as the wind started to blow again, which seems like all the time, the water temperature would once again drop.
Not my idea of a great place for swimming AT ALL.
Well, we’ve seen it all up here in the North Woods. It was fun but time to get back to a little civilization. Our next stop is in Hudson, WI, about 4 hours south of here. We’ll be visiting with friends of ours from Sun City at their summer home.