Saturday, July 2, 2016

Day Trippin' to Door County

July 1, 2016 We got all the way to Potawatomi State Park sign before we had to stop to feed kids and stretch our legs. Since we were on our way to Peninsula State Park and we didn't want to pay twice, we decided to picnic next to the state park sign. We should have gone inside the park to eat, but we were on our way to another state park and didn't want to pay twice. We ended up buying a year pass, so we could have gone into both parks. Oh, well. We had a nice time regardless, and we did get a photo in front of the sign just to remember our silliness. After that we finally got to Nicolet Beach inside the state park. We had come really prepared minus swimsuits! The girls still had fun digging in the sand, getting their feet in the water and running around. 
Jane and Maurie at Nicolet Beach in Peninsula State Park

We took a lighthouse tour.

After the beach we went to the lighthouse nearby. I can't remember the name now. We took the tour and really enjoying learning the history of the lighthouse keeper and the lighthouse. One of the children of the lighthouse keeper that grew up in the lighthouse was actually alive and giving tours for a time after it was set up as a museum. Cody and I were humbled when we realized that the lighthouse was a mansion for the era. The house only had three bedrooms and no closets. They usually had two sets of to wear and one to wash and if they were lucky they had something nice to wear for special occasions. We sure have complicated our lives! 

After we toured the lighthouse, we went to The Wild Tomato Restaurant where we gobbled up a sausage and pesto wood fire oven pizza. Then we had yummy ice cream at Grumpy's ice cream and made our last stop at a farm/vineyard where we tried some freshly squeezed cherry and apple juice, let the girls play on the outdoor playground and played some horse shoes. We were all super tired and we got home in good time. We all slept most of the way, but at the end Brooklyn cried non-stop until we were home. =(

It was a good day in Door County and we have other things we want to try the next time we go. Lake Michigan is beautiful and the Wisconsin countryside never disappoints.

The only family picture we got because a friendly man stopped to take it for us. 

Our picnic right next to the state park sign. =)

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