Friday, August 5, 2011

Sturgeon Bay, WI

We traveled from Petoskey to Escanaba, MI for the night at Harris, MI. There is a nice RV park at the Island Resort in Harris, MI -- a small town just east of Escanaba. They have nice sites with water and electric although we were surprised that they were not busier than they were -- there were plenty of sites.

After leaving Harris, we drove down to Kewaunee, WI where we will stay while we explore the Door County area and Green Bay.

Yesterday, we tooled up to Sturgeon Bay, just a few miles north on the Door County Peninsula. Sturgeon Bay is the largest city in Door County. The large bay is situated off Green Bay and is connected to Lake Michigan by a large ship canal which Orinda is standing next to.

We were surprised to see several large freighters at the shipyard in Sturgeon Bay. Apparently, the deck officers serving on the ships were on strike and the ships were tied up awaiting the settlement. We counted 6 ships like these two tied up and inactive.

Rick enjoyed the ship yard and was interested to see these propeller blades in reserve. Apparently, these blades can be used to replace damaged blades on the large freighters.

The ship canal is a beautiful area with marinas, walking paths and lots of scenery. We didn't have a long time to explore, but hope to drop back by before we have to head further south.

While driving along the canal, we saw several of these machines and at first, we didn't know what they were. After watching them for a short time, however, we determined that these were cutting weeds from the canal bottom. They really cut through the weeds in a hurry and harvested them at the same time.

On our way back to Kewaunee, we dropped by this cheese factory -- of which they are quite a few in the area (Wisconsin has over 16,000 dairy farms!). We picked up some wonderful aged cheddar from this spot, but will be sure to stop at a few more while we are in Wisconsin!

1 comment:

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

We really enjoyed that area. If you get a chance the maritime museum is well worth the visit.