July 28, 2021 Bailey’s Harbor, WI Day 3

We had a busy day yesterday and thought we would sleep in this morning. Bob got up at 5:30 and I got up an hour later and thought it was 8:30, not 6:30. So much for sleeping in. It was 63 outside when we woke up. We turned on the fireplace to take the chill out of the air because we left the windows open while we slept last night. We love the fresh air.

There was heavy fog off the lake which didn’t dissipate until the sun came out and warmed things up.

I worked on my blog and the Breezes. Bob did some Co-op business and got the awning over our entrance door to work. Woo-hoo! Bob had to talk to Rev RV, manufacturer of our bus, to check to see if our sofa parts have arrived. We will need to take it in for installation once we get home. The temp rose quickly with the sun. We made plans to go visit Cana Island Lighthouse today. If you’ve read my blog before, you know how I love lighthouses! We left at 11:00 for the short drive into Bailey’s Harbor. Our destination was the Blue Ox., based on Paul Bunyan’s, Babe the blue ox.

We pulled up in front of the bar and the sign in the window said, “Sorry, we’re closed.” As we were deciding what to do, someone came and flipped the sign to read, “Open-Come on in”, so we did. Perfect timing!

It is one of the quirky old places that we like to visit. We have been here a few times before.

We ordered some beers and split a hot dog basket. We didn’t want to spoil our appetites for the fish boil tonight. After we finished our lunch, we drove down the main street, better known as Highway 57. It was a busy place today.

We also checked out the Bailey’s Harbor Marina. No, we’ve never stayed here in our own boat before, but we’ve been to this marina by land a few times. Apparently, many fishermen use it as their base of operations to go salmon fishing, as seen by all the fishing boats here.

This beautiful mural was painted on the wall of this building at the marina. Notice that the mural incorporated different things on the building into the picture–the door, the windows, and the electrical meters became birdhouses.

We took the road towards the Ridges Sanctuary and County Park. It ran along the shoreline where we could see different shades of blue in the water.

At the end of the road was the Bailey’s Harbor Yacht Club Resort. We discovered this tugboat docked at the end of the pier there.

The marina was located adjacent to the condominium resort.
On our return, this trolley had stopped to let people on their tour walk around in the Sanctuary. Trolleys run throughout Door County to different places of interest.

From there, we drove out Highway Q to Cana Island Lighthouse. We weren’t going over to the island today, but we wanted to check out the parking situation and the water level on the channel. The shoreline road gave us a great view of the lake today. It isn’t often that we’ve seen it so calm.

The Cana Island Road took us right to the new parking lot for lighthouse visitors.

We were also told that the county was running a free tractor shuttle over to the island since the water level was up and covering the rocky channel between the mainland and the island. In past years, we have been able to walk across it when it was dry. Sometimes, we’ve had to wade through the water, an inch or two deep, in bare feet when it was wet. We’ve not been here when it was totally covered with water.

We watched the tractor and wagon cross in about a foot of water. I guess they wanted to make it easier for people to cross safely.

Our plan was to come back on Friday when our entrance fee of $10 would also allow me to climb up into the lighthouse and visit the keeper’s quarters. (We might be able to walk across the channel with our water shoes and the water didn’t seem that cold, but we don’t want to take a chance of slipping on the rocks and falling in.) We’ll return on Friday and I hope to make the climb if there isn’t too much of a crowd. Leaving there, we took some back country roads to check out the houses in the woods on the shoreline. There were lots of new houses where the old cottages once stood. We got back on Highway Q to take us back to Bailey’s Harbor. This beautiful building is the Town Hall.

The towns are filled with many flowers in bloom everywhere. Everything looks so colorful!

Before we got back to our campground, we wanted to check out the campground next door. It was the Bailey’s Grove Campground and it was very nice in case we need another option when we return.

We returned to the bus around 1:30 in time for me to give Bob a haircut with a little time to relax outside with Auggie before dinner. The sun was out, but the skies were hazy again. It was 72 degrees and very comfortable. We left around 4:00 to make the short drive across the peninsula to Fish Creek. Our first stop in Fish Creek was Sunset Beach.

I have enjoyed many a sunset here over the years, but not tonight. We just wanted to enjoy the quiet and the view. We took the path in the woods to the “beach”.

We were alone for quite awhile before others arrived. The lake was glassy calm.

We had dinner reservations at Pelletiers for a fish boil at 6:00. We tried to get a reservation at the White Gull Inn, famous for their fish boils, but they have very limited seatings. The White Gull Inn was the second restaurants to offer a fish boil in Door County. The Viking in Ellison Bay was the very first in 1961. Fish boils were created by the Scandinavians to feed a large group of fishermen at one time.

We were told to arrive around 5:15 to buy our tickets and to be able to watch the “procedure”. If you didn’t make a reservation, you were out of luck. There were a few disappointed people

The fish boil is very popular and is quite a show. Part of the attraction is watching the process when going to a fish boil.

For those of you newbies, everyone sits around a huge metal kettle that burns on an open wood fire outside.

Corn on the cob is cooked and removed from the pot. Salt is then added to the water. While the process is going on, they explain what they are doing and tell you a little bit about the history of the fish boil. People can also ask any questions they have.

Next, the red potatoes are added and cooked for 30 minutes. Once the potatoes are cooked, the sweet onions are added. Lastly, the fresh-caught Lake Michigan whitefish steaks are added.

The corn on the cob is then added to the pot to warm up once again before serving. Once the fish are just about ready, the “boil over” begins. This is what everyone comes to see! The kerosene is thrown on the fire and a fiery spectacle occurs, which causes the natural fish oils floating on the surface of the water to overflow the pot.

After the boil over, everyone goes to a table and waits to be served. You can choose to sit inside or outside. We chose to sit inside in case it began to rain.

Everything is served with melted butter, coleslaw, bread, and freshly baked Door County cherry pie. It is all delicious!

As we left town, the lights began to come on in the shops. The skies were darkening as rain was approaching the area.

We were trying to beat the rain home, so Auggie could be fed and get his walk. We got home to do just that. The rain began about 30 minutes after we got home. We relaxed with some TV and our bellies were full.

2 thoughts on “July 28, 2021 Bailey’s Harbor, WI Day 3”

  1. WOW!!! That fire was something else! I still didn’t understand what happened! But, that’s okay, very interesting!

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