Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Door County, Wisconsin….

I know I’ve been MIA for the last few weeks. There’s just been too much action around here, which kept me away from blogging for a while. But I’m back:)and I hope to stay or at least visit more frequently.
We went to Door County, Wisconsin for the Labor Day weekend, September 2 to the 4th with another family, who are our close friends. We left on the 1st, which was Friday. We left at about 3.30 in the afternoon for the 5-hour drive. We drove in two vans because of all the luggage. (As always, I had my handy rice cooker and lots of yummy snacks). My friend too had her van filled with the good stuff:) The drive itself was quite uneventful, excepting the occasional squabble in the back seat for the MP3 player or which movie to watch. We stopped at the lone subway restaurant at a sleepy little town for dinner. I cannot remember the name of the town but it was so quiet! The pizza there was delicious, though. The sandwiches were, well, sandwiches. After dinner, we resumed our drive. After we passed through Sturgeon Bay, the road was very dark and very quiet. It was late and all the stores were closed. We left the highway and drove through many little towns before we got to Ellison Bay.

Oh, I’m sure a lot of you are wondering about what Door County actually is? The county is named after the strait between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island. The French explorers gave it the name, "Porte des Mort Passage" or “The Door to the way to Death" because it was a particularly hazardous passage for ships.I got this bit of its history from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.

Well that’s the history of the place. Door County is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I have been there a couple of times before on day trips to see the fall colors, which are absolutely spectacular. The County is home to several state parks. Its serene atmosphere is soothing and is a much-needed breath of fresh air in our busy lives. Its supposed to be bear country out there. We didn’t get to see any, though. We however, did see some deer and other little animals.

We arrived at Ellison Bay at about 10.00 in the night. We had booked a cottage at one of the many resorts. The resort was tucked away in the natural surroundings and we had to drive around a bit before we found it. We found our cottage after again driving around a little bit, and parked our vans. When we got out, we looked up at the clear night sky, with millions of twinkling stars. The whole atmosphere was picture perfect. We walked in and found the cottage to be very pleasant. It was in fact, a fully furnished, log cabin. The kids were kind of scared at first at the unfamiliar surroundings and the dim lights. But they soon became comfortable in the serene ambience that it exuded. We went right to bed that night, awoke fresh, and ready the next day.

We had a good breakfast on the back porch with the trees around us swaying in the gentle breeze, dancing to the timeless tune of nature. The kids played in the woods and then we left for Sister Bay to go to the Potawatomi State Park. We reached there just in time for lunch and ate at a charming little restaurant. We then went to the beach at the State Park and did a little boating. The paddle boats were fun but not as much as the Water Cycles. The kids had a blast, trying to race each other on their water cycles. Apart from the many water activities, the state park is great for biking, hiking and other outdoor fun. We played some more at the beach and when it started to get cold, decided to head back to town. We stopped to play miniature golf on the way. It was so much fun. Even our friends’ toddlers had a great time running around with little plastic putts (Is that the right word? I’m terrible at golf and its lingo) claiming they had made ‘a hole in one.’ We then got back to our cottage and watched a movie together. The next day we hired a huge boat that could accommodate around 12 people. We were eight of us and so we picked this one. We set off, and everyone got a turn steering and feeling like the skipper, of course no one wanted to be Gilligan:) (I’m probably giving away my age here, talking about Gilligan’s Island.)

We got back for a very late but delicious lunch, thanks to my rice cooker and my friends assortment of spices. After lunch, we went for a walk in the woods and to the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The weather was just perfect for a late afternoon stroll. Later in the evening, we went swimming at the indoor pool at the resort. The kids took turns diving into the water, seeing who could splash the water the farthest. We then went to dinner at a little ice cream shop close to the resort. The quaint, old-fashioned ice cream shop, also sold pizza, sandwiches and other food. We were all so hungry, and the pizza was going to take a while, so we had dessert before dinner. It was the yummiest ice cream…mmmm….The pizza was good too. After dinner, we came back and relaxed in the cottage watching another movie.

We left the next morning and drove back home. It was a fun, relaxing vacation. I think this is what vacations are all about, some R&R, good food and great company. Thanks, S&S.

I will be posting more pictures soon.


At 12:51 AM, Blogger Avi Abrams said...

yes, we've been to door county a summer back...just drove through but loved every bit of it. especially wisconsin cheese curds...
hey, you got a nice blog with a great title!

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At 2:19 AM, Anonymous Vijay said...

Hry TP.. nice post... welcome back to the blogging world :-)

I was on vaction as well... kinda.. to Hyderabad..

At 7:16 AM, Anonymous bellur said...

great to know you had a relaxed vacation. liked the part where you had dessert before dinner. i do that everytime and have it again after dinner!
(if you had posted this piece 2 days later, it would have been exactly a month gap between the last post and this one)!

At 10:51 AM, Blogger couch potato said...

Nice. Very nice photograph too. I'm impressed with the way you caught the light just coming over the roof of your cabin.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Welcome to my blog:)Thanks so much for the kind words. You have an amazing blog too. I'll be visiting regularly now:))

Thanks for always being there and stopping by:) Hope you had a good vacation:)

I hadn't noticed that its been close to a month since my last post! As always thanks for stopping by and reading my blog:)

Thanks for your encouragement and for always stopping by:)

At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Gangadhar said...

welcome back and
dat's a great vacation for you..So glad you enjoyed it verymuch.. :)
And 'll definitely look forward to more pics from ya..

take care

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Dav said...

YAY! Welcome back!

At 1:31 PM, Blogger AJEYA RAO said...

Flying to US again, Will be in Colorado this week and hope to see if i can fly to Wisconsin, not sure, but will take tips from you on places to visit.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Thanks so much:)

Its good to be back:)

Glad that you are coming here. Do stay in touch:)

At 3:03 AM, Blogger Tanushree said...

ur pics are wonderful...
and espacially that 2nd one...
amazing post..

At 8:49 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Thanks. I am glad you like the pictures. Welcome to my blog:)

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Maverick said...

great pics, i especially like the pic where sunrays are waving hi to u guys

At 1:48 AM, Anonymous bellur said...

wish you and your family a very happy deepavali. may god bless us all.
best wishes

At 2:10 AM, Blogger naren_buddy said...

quite descriptive...gr8. and thnx for visiting and praising my flattered :)

At 1:47 AM, Anonymous Gangadhar said...

Wishing you and your family,a vey happy and safe Deepavali,TP..

take care

At 9:43 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

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At 9:45 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Thanks:))That's my favorite picture too.

RK & Gangadhar,
Thanks you so much for the Deepavali wishes. Wish you and your families a very Happy Deepavali too:)

Thanks for visiting and for your kind words:)

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Gee, I go away and you write! Just kidding, I don't see how a Mom can ever keep up with blogging. Some retired people have a hard time doing it.

That is a wonderful write-up on a wonderful outing. What were the temps? I think you picked a good time, it must be pretty cool now.

BTW we are back. Thanks for reading Billy's posts. Those roses his Dad grows are the greatest, he has quite a few of them patented. I don't know if they are available for sale or not.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger AJEYA RAO said...

U have been tagged...pls collect it from my blog...

At 9:10 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Thanks for always reading my posts. Yes, the weather was just perfect when we went to Door County. It is very cold now.

Thanks for the tag. RK tagged me for the same..

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Anil P said...

Initially, I almost imagined there must be lovely doors to see like some Indian villages sport, colourful, and rustic.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Wow! That would be awesome Anil. There are no rustic doors but however, the place is quite rustic and beautiful.
Thanks for stopping by:))

At 1:51 AM, Anonymous Traveler said...

Hi nice place. Nice photos. Very nice blog keep going!!!



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