Anyway, we left Michigan’s Upper Peninsula yesterday, but not before two more people told us “Welcome to Michigan!” They were locals who noticed our Utah license plates when we were at the RV dump site and drove up to say hello. (Jim says you meet the nicest people at the dump site.)
Now we’re Cheese Heads, as we’re at Kreher City Park in Ashland, Wisconsin. The park is right on Lake Superior. Besides RV spaces there is also a picnic pavilion, kids' playground and a large boat dock area.
Here’s Jim's description of the drive from the UP to our new very temporary home in Wisconsin: very pleasant, little traffic, lots of trees, very green. Near the western edge of the peninsula we saw a weird, large statue of a guy on skis (I didn't get a photo because I was too busy gaping) and a sign that said “The ski capitol of the Midwest." Our road map indicated a Wolf Mountain (elevation 1,826) was nearby. Of note on the Wisconsin part of our trip was the Bad River Indian Reservation. The reservation belongs to the Objibwe Indians, also known as Chippewa. I tried to find out why it’s called the “Bad” River and I’m sure some local knows, but I can't find it on line. If anyone out there knows, please pass it along.
Now some pics:
Now some pics:
|On the way to Wisconsin: A woman at Copper Harbor told us August is the beginning of autumn in the UP. Trees we saw just south of Fort Wilkins State Park reflect that.|
|More scenery in the UP on the way to Wisconsin.|
|Lake Superior as seen from our campground in Ashland, Wisconsin. How come it's always so smooth on days we don't use our kayaks?|
|Our campground is near a boat launch. Here's a big speed boat we saw getting cleaned up after a spin on the lake.|
|Our campsite a Kreher City Park (that's us in the middle with the kayaks on our tow car.) Jim has a good view of Lake Superior from his usual spot in our rear lounge.|
This morning we drove our tow car further north to Bayfield, the gateway to Wisconsin's Apostle Islands. The Apostle Islands are on Lake Superior's south shore and Wisconsin's north shore and consist of 21 islands and a 12-mile stretch of mainland beaches. We went to the Visitors' Center but to get to any of the islands, of course, you have to take a ferry. Instead, we wandered around beautiful Bayfield, did some shopping (I bought kayaking shoes -- shoes made out of a wet suit-type material that are snug at the ankle and won't let water in), had lunch and wished for more time.
|A Bayfield, Wisconsin home.|
|Jim walking near the pier in Bayfield.|
|A window box in downtown Bayfield. Homes in Bayfield and also nearby Washburn have beautiful gardens as well.|
|And, a road sign seen not only on smaller roads but also in downtown Ashland.|