We arrived at our http://hipcamp.com reserved site near Sand Bay on Lake Superior on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug 25 for a three night stay. This is a private campsite hosted by the land owner and it was very nice. We had our own composting toilet, cold water shower and a tent/cabin with a bed.
We were met at the end of the paved road by Luke on an ATV. We bumped along behind him on a jeep track for 1/2 mile to our parking spot (with a view of Lake Superior). Our tent was another quarter mile 0f walking but Luke took our coolers so we made it in one trip.
Bayfield and Madeline Island
Our first full day in Wisconsin was spent exploring Bayfield, looking for a wifi hotspot so we could join Martini Night! Fortunately the Bayfield Inn had outdoor seating and decent wifi.
With the afternoon to kill before martinis we hopped the ferry to Madeline Island (see map above, the largest of the Apostle Islands) and spent a few hours sightseeing.
We arrived back in Bayfield in time to score a good outdoor table for our Martini Night Zoomathon. Things were going well until the thunderstorm hit and they closed the bar …. and kicked us out.
The next day (Thursday) we visited another little beach town, Cornucopia. The weather was much nicer and we ended up doing a 4 mile trail hike to a lake overlook.
The hike takes you to a favorite kayaking spot with caves though we were seeing it from a different angle.
After the hike we had lunch on the beach (smoked whitefish from a local shop).
And swimming… or wading at least. One little boy walked up to the water, put his foot in and told his mother “..it’s so warm!” Warm being 60 degrees. But you can sit out without melting in the sun.
We awoke the next morning, after that beautiful sunny day, to a pouring rain. We got totally soaked packing up the car. Hopefully the weather will be better in Michigan!