was quite a workout climbing 123 steps up the bank to get to the
lighthouse grounds. But we made it!
toured the keepers' quarters and they looked and smelled very old. My
Mom and I were too scared to climb the towers, but my Dad did. 139 steps
to the modern one and about 96 steps up to the old one. We're glad we
it was VERY HOT we swam at Meyers Beach near Cornucopia. The water was
cold, and refreshing.
saw many interesting animals up here on our trip.
They are: 1 red fox, 2
cormorants, a bunch of red and
grey squirrels, LOTS of feeding humming
birds up close,
2 palliated woodpeckers, 2 Bayfield ghost cats (ha ha)
and one donkey grazing in a field.
in all it was a spectacular vacation!"
and her parents returned
for a few days late in the fall.
But the real reason for their
return was to begin a search for
a "summer place" building site.
Bayfield area vacations often bring
lifestyle changes -- good ones.
It has been a strange Winter on the Bayfield
The image at right was taken on December 12 from the
golf course road.
In a normal year the snow would be at least knee deep.
But now in early February the cold has settled in, and we have a few more
inches of "here to stay" lake effect snow. And the deer have decided it
is easier to visit us for the corn in our feeder than roam at will in
The small drifting ice floes of mid January have become a full
sheet of ice on the Bay. The ferry has stopped breaking a path to Madeline
Island and back. A few snow machines have been making that trip on their
own, and the ice sled makes regular trips. It seems more
likely every day that there will be a safe ice road to Madeline Island
Best news of this winter? We now have safe ice to walk on to view the
ice caves. (Ice
Images by Fran DePerry)
"Book Across The Bay," a ski event at night across Chequamegon Bay from
Ashland to Washburn, is on the schedule as well and is expected to draw
hundreds of narrow board ski fans.
But all things considered, I'd rather write about a few of my favorite
things of the summer.
We will be featuring our
events, places, and things to do in the next few issues of this
newsletter. Favorite beaches. Favorite Islands. Favorite places to eat
and shop. That kind of stuff.
Raspberry Lighthouse Station
Our favorite lighthouse station
was popular before any readers of this newsletter were born.
This year the "showplace of the
Apostle Islands" will reopen after several seasons of much needed care
and restoration. Small craft of every kind will visit the grounds and
the tower again, and the
Apostle Islands Cruise Service
will provide passage to those
unable to make the voyage on their own.
A huge amount of information on
the Raspberry Lighthouse Station and its restoration is at the
National Park Service site and at
Chequamegon Bay Web. You will enjoy an on-line visit almost as much
as a real visit - which this year will be one of the best reasons for a
return, or first time, exploration of the Islands.
(Images by NPS)
Favorite Book For Island
of the time Jewels on the Water
rests in a prime
spot on our coffee table. Maybe a glance at the cover
photo in passing. Nothing more. We take it for granted
with the passage of time.
Then a guest will stop for a
visit, that photo catches their eye, and conversation stops while they
slowly turn the pages, investing more time with some photos, less with
others, until all pages are turned.
Then comes the question. "Where
can I buy this book?"
Simply stated, if you love the
Apostle Islands and great images, Jewels
on the Water should be on
your coffee table.
Almost 100% of the neat folks who
Sailor's Solace Cottages
last year attended at
least one performance at
a wise decision indeed. They also received a
$5.00 discount for every night of their stay,
which indicates how important the Big Top is
to the Innkeepers.
For the 22nd summer, outstanding
will again take place between New First Night on
June 15 and Old Last Night on September 8.
Want to see The Kingston
Trio in the Big Tent?
were great last year.
Greg Brown will be
back for a tent-full of fans.
It all starts just four months
More show details next month!
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