We finally have daffodils blooming in southeastern Wisconsin... as long as you don't mind them dusted with a bit of snow.
I called my mother and asked her if she wanted to tag along for a run up to Door County with me. I was out of Chopped Cherry jam (all other jam too!) and 4 hours is a long ride alone in what is essentially still winter. It might not have gotten above freezing all weekend but there were a few interesting sights along the way.
|Motorcycle riding bunny in Kewaunee|
Lake Michigan was muddy and churned up near shore both days thanks to the wind, which is what we've been seeing for weeks and will likely see for weeks to come this spring.
Kewaunee Light, 1/2 hour south of Sturgeon Bay on Hwy 42
After Kewaunee we moved on through Algoma, and I made Mom's day when I showed her the mural with her name in it. Algoma has lots of murals for a small town, it's fun to drive around and see how many you can find.
On our way back through Algoma the next day the sun wasn't out and the Algoma Breakwater Light was experiencing a bit of wind and waves. My fingers almost froze to the camera trying to get a few shots, and of course I had left my zoom lens at home thinking it was unlikely that I'd need it.
Algoma is only 20 minutes south of Sturgeon Bay, and I prefer driving Highway 42 through Kewaunee and Algoma to catch sight of the lighthouses and lake instead of taking the interstate to Door County. It only takes about 5 minutes longer and there is so much more to see!
Here's the video. We enjoyed sitting in the car for 15 minutes and enjoying nature's show.
Once we arrived in Door County we darted into Door County Coffee and Tea to browse around and Main Street Market to get my jam. After getting my jars of jam we checked in to the Bay Point Inn in Egg Harbor which is almost half price this time of year. The shops and restaurants are mostly closed until May 1st so not much to do up here except listen to the wind while sitting by the fire.
We got a deli pizza from the Main Street Market and cooked it ourselves while watching "Elf" on DVD. Watching a Christmas movie helped put the current weather in perspective a bit. Spring is just around the corner...kind of.
|"Spring" in Egg Harbor|
While the view from the balcony wasn't inspirational at this time of year, it was nice to see the water. The best hotel buffet breakfast I've ever had was included in the room cost. Six flavors of Rishi tea were available along with real oatmeal, fresh pastries and bread for toasting, mini quiches and waffle makers heated up and ready to go. Quite an impressive effort for us and one other pair of guests! I'd definitely recommend a stay here, especially in the off season.
Since I captured two murals this weekend I'm linking up to Monday Mural.