Remembering Past Trips - Door County in Winter
When winter really hits, like it has now, I dream of spring and being on the road again. I have been very blessed to have traveled as much as I have. Most of my trips have been in association with a public relations firm that represents many destinations. From those press trips I have written countless travel pieces, many of which have been featured articles in national publications. If you care to view my writing credits, they are here (https://www.jdrichardson.com/writingcredits).
In the next few blog posts I will revisit some of my favorite destinations from my travels. I made many trips to Door County in Wisconsin. I suppose that is one of my most favorite places, since I have made at least five trips there. The last trip was in winter. And as I look out my window in the “sunny South,” we are having an uncharacteristic snow storm.
That reminds me of that winter trip to Door County.
Washington Island is part of Door CountyWashington Island is accessible only by ferry or private boat
When I arrived at the Green Bay airport and was traveling to Door County, which is about an hour's drive from the airport, I didn't see the kind of snowfall that I was hoping for. I remember thinking, "This isn't what a winter scene is supposed to look like." Nevertheless, there was snow. We stopped at our usual morning place, the Door County Coffee Company. Great coffee. Friendly service.
Door County Coffee CompanyDoor County Coffee Company is always our first stop in the morning of the first day.
On any trip to Door County my all time favorite place to visit is Cave Point County Park. And this trip was one of the highlights. Watching waves from Lake Michigan batter the rugged rocky shoreline at the park was amazing. I suppose I took over a hundred photographs. Here are just four.
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Washington Island sits off the coast of the peninsula of Door in Lake Michigan. It is a short ferry ride from the northeastern tip of the peninsula. I had never been to Washington Island on any previous trips to Door County. But this time I did. The ferry company was only making infrequent trips across the Porte des Morts, or Death's Door, as the passageway between the mainland of Door County and Washington Island is called. That is due to the number of shipwrecks that have occurred in that treacherous waterway because of the currents and wind. But this trip was interesting since the water was covered with ice. But we had the privilege to make the trip across that treacherous waterway on the icebreaker ferry. I understand there is a second larger icebreaker added to the ferry line. Here is a video of the trip to Washington Island aboard the icebreaking ferry:
While on Washington Island, we visited the Stavkirke Church, which is a wooden chapel built to represent a Norwegian Borgund chapel of early Scandinavian settlers to honor their roots. There was a good bit of snow on Washington Island and it made the trip more worthwhile. In winter there are not too many places for tourists to visit. Mostly the diehard residents and workers are the only folks we saw during this trip. However, there was a restaurant open. Can't remember the name.
The trip back to the mainland was just as interesting as the trip to Washington Island. The most notable parts of the road trip to the ferry port is the famous crooked stretch called the "windy road." That's not windy as caused by the wind, it is windy due to its crookedness, like "winding" road.
Our last stop was Peninsula State Park, the larges in Door County. On the way, however, we made another photo stop at the Ephraim Anderson Dock, a graffiti-covered building that houses an art gallery. It's never been open every time I have visited, but it's a good stop for photography.
At Peninsula State Park, there was an opportunity to snowshoe cross-country. We couldn't resist the thought of clumping through the white stuff without sinking down into it. It seemed to be a longer hike that it should have been. Or maybe it was the snowshoes and the snow that made it seem so long.
Snowshoeing in Door County 's Peninsula State ParkPeninsula State Park Door County Peninsula State Park Snowshoeing It's getting late
Such was my last visit to Door County Wisconsin. But I think it was one of the best, especially since I got to make the trip in winter.
Thanks for reading my travel blog. There's more.
Keep watching. I'll post more of my favorite travel destinations later.
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