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2012 Road Trip - Jake's Reunion and Door County

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BC: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau

FC: 2012 Road Trip Jake's Reunion & Door County, Wisconsin

1: 2012 Road Trip Jake's Reunion & Door County, Wisconsin Saturday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 12 1280 miles

2: And we're off. Another road trip. Jake's "people" are having a reunion, and we think it sounds like a great start for a short vacation. So, we loaded up the rented Chevy Traverse, gassed up, and headed north to St. Charles, Illinois. | 6:30 am | Saturday, September 8

3: 7:08 am

5: We raised $150, helping raise the Romp total to over $2700. To date, MWBCR has placed over 300 dogs. Thank-you MWBCR!!

6: After the "Romp and Rendezvous", we headed to our motel and the three of us took a nap before dinner, Jake and I on the bed, Doug in the recliner. | There was a Gino's East right next door, and, although it was quite tasty, we were reminded that we are true to our roots - we prefer thin crust, and cheese, not sauce, on top please. | 8:41 pm

7: Sunday, September 9 | What a nice park across the street for our morning walk! But enough dawdling, it's after 9 and time to hit the road. | We're up, but Jake's taken our spot. Come on, Jake! We're burnin' daylight! | 7:30 am

8: Driving through Northern Illinois, west of Chicago, we made our way to "The Lake", and on through Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Manitowac. | Illinois prices - Ouch!

11: We stopped at a pretty little park in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, just north of Manitowac, on the way to Point Beach State Park. Across the street were nice Victorian homes, and a hand-made sign advertising worms and leeches for sale. LEECHES??? | 1:20 pm

12: Pulling into Point Beach State Forest to check out the beach and campsites, we're reminded that Jake seems to get noticeably excited when we drive through campsites. How does he know?? | Point Beach State Forest, Two Rivers, Wisconsin | 1:50 pm

13: 2:41 pm

14: Ranger Lois recommended campsite #104, the northern-most site. It was a large, quiet and peaceful site within spacious woods with little undergrowth and close to the bay. | Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

16: Monday, September 10 | It's 6:20 am. Why are the boys still sleeping?? It's time to get up and DO STUFF!! | One of the "must-do's" in Door County is Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries at Al Johnson's in Sister Bay. I have to have them. | Along our way, we stop to check out Baileys Woods Campground. Paul is a wealth of information, but the nice campground isn't worth moving to. | Monday, September 10

17: No goats on the roof today. There's supposed to be goats. | (I didn't buy any.) | 1:00 pm

19: 1:40 pm

20: After eating pancakes (me) and a fish & chips (Doug) along the waterfront, we move south to explore Peninsula State Park. First stop? Eagle Tower. | Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

21: To quote Keith: Looks like Jake's thinking "If dogs were supposed to be this high we'd have wings instead of tails. Can we PLEASE go back down now?!"

25: GREAT view from this campsite, but SO much poison ivy, and no room for Jake to run like at our Potawatomi site. So we chose not to move to this otherwise BEAUTIFUL site.

28: After spending some time in Peninsula State Park, we drove back to Wilson's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor in Epraim, where the 3 of us had some yummy ice cream. | Turkeys!!!

29: Driving back to the east side of the peninsula, we saw big birds. Turkeys, I know, but what are these other giants? Emus??

30: Lakeside Town Park, Jacksonport, Wisconsin | "During the heyday of Wisconsin's lumber industry, Jacksonport's business and community life centered around three large piers. Each pier had its own general store and lumber mill. Wooden schooners, called 'lumber hookers,' often crowded the piers to load cordwood, shingles, and posts bound for the ports of Milwaukee and Chicago. Today, the wrecks of two lumber hookers lie along the remains of the southernmost of those piers, known as Reynolds' Pier. The schooner Perry Hannah was driven into Reynolds' Pier in the 'Great Alpena Blow' of October 16, 1880. She lodged in the center of the pier and severely damaged it. The schooner was later hauled alongside the pier and abandoned. On Sept. 9, 1885, the schooner Cecilia tried to wait out another storm by anchoring safely away from shore. Her anchors dragged, however, and she was blown ashore. Her bow was pushed under Reynolds' Pier, and she sustained extensive damage. Her masts were salvaged, but she was also abandoned. Reynolds' Pier was built in 1869 for the Jackson-Harris-Reynolds Lumber Company. In 1873, the pier, mill, and other property was bought by Charles Reynolds, brother of one of the original owners. Reynolds became a prominent businessman in Jacksonport, promoting settlement of families, extending credit to farmers, and acting as postmaster for 20 years. Today, wrecks of the Perry Hannah and Cecelia lie alongside the remaining pilings and cribs of Reynolds' Pier. The tops of pilings can often be seen breaking the water's surface. With much of the wreckage resting in 6-10 ft of water, this sight is prefect for divers, snorkelers and kayakers."

31: 5:00 pm

32: Cave Springs County Park, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin | 5:15 pm

34: 5:20 pm

36: After a full day Monday of driving, eating, hiking and and sight-seeing, we ate a snack and hung out by the fire. By 8:30 pm, Jake was standing at the tent, waiting to get in. We decided to join him. | It's 6:24 am, and again, I'm the only one awake. How did I survive camping before my iPhone??? | Ok, it's 7:00 am, and they're awake. Let's go pay for another night, and get breakfast started!

37: Tuesday, September 11 | 8:30 am. We've driven to the Ranger's Station, and paid for another night. Doug drops us off where we can walk the shoreline, and he goes back to start bacon, eggs, and hash browns. Jake and I explore.

38: We're back at the campsite by 9-ish, and I have time to take some shots of our 'home' before breakfast.

41: 1:45 pm | After eating we walked through the woods and down to the water's edge. Jake rooted out a family of raccoons, and while "Mom" and "Dad" escaped up the hill and ran for their lives, Doug had to pull Jake (by his tail) off the larger-than-a-cat-sized youngster. So much barking, growling, hissing and crying! Jake was unharmed and we can only hope "Rocky" was ok too. (But surely ticked at his parents for bailing on him!)

42: Wednesday, September 12 | Rain is in the forecast starting tonight and off and on for the next couple of days, so we decide to pack up and head home. | Wednesday, September 12

43: Sights from the ride home...

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