Fun @ the Fort

We moved from Denver to Fort Collins, Colorado.  A KOA campground was surprisingly beautiful!  A nice walkway circles a small but picturesque lake.




Near the start of the lake walkway, I was surprised to see a bear!  OK, only painted on a rock…



But along the path were many other exotic animals – painted on dead trees.



There were even beds of herbs growing that we were free to help ourselves to.


Thursday we got the kayak out of our basement.  This is what it looks like folded up…



And here are a few pictures of it in use at Horsetooth Reservoir.  Supposedly Horsetooth valley was protected by a giant, to keep Indians from hunting game there.  Long ago, a Chief killed the giant with an axe from heaven, and the giant died and turned into a giant stone.  We never saw the stone, but did have some fun on the water.  Since the valley has been turned into a reservoir, I’m thinking the only game caught now is fish.




Here is a video of our time on the beautiful Horsetooth Reservoir.


The End of the World – Antarctica!

6B506A13-F0B2-4410-98E0-E5D8C996398AWe have made it to “the end of the earth” and it is fabulous!   We have very intermittent and weak internet here, so my blog will be late and brief.  Next week will most likely be postponed altogether.
We have seen thousands of penguins, whales,  birds and a few other animals as well. The landscapes are breathtaking! And so is the cold!

We are loving our adventure in the White Continent and I will put up pictures in a couple of weeks.

More Door County

Wagon Trail Campground


Our Secluded Campsite



Wagon Trail has Yurt campsites – really cute!  I read through the yurt’s guest book, and loved this kid’s entry…



They also have cabins…




A “Sister Resort” to the campground is Rowley’s Bay Resort.  In their lobby is an old pump organ that reminded me of my Grandmother, and the organ they shipped to Peru in 1913.  And it turns out this one was carried across Green Bay- by horses and a sleigh over the ice on the winter of 1920!




I know this may sound like a paid commercial, (it’s not!), but we have really enjoyed this place!

Bike Ride to Europe

We rode our bikes through the woods all the way to Europe!  Europe Bay.  Super beautiful and it didn’t involve trying to pedal over the ocean.




While traipsing through the woods, I picked up some cute hitchhikers- This plant had nice little flowers, and interesting baskets of seeds waiting to get out and travel!




Peninsula State Park





Blossomburg cemetery is in the middle of the State Park – a pretty area with some very old stones.



Here’s a guy who didn’t take many notes… and Charlie is pretty scarce on details too.



Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

Opened in 1868, this lighthouse and others in the area are where virtually all lighthouse keepers in the country were trained in those days.





The grounds are surrounded by these berries – and we can’t verify what they are!  Maybe Autumn Olive Berries?  Please feel free to enlighten us!



Cana Island County Park

This is the only island I’ve been to where we were pulled through the water by a Deere.  The road ends on the sand, with a sign saying “No parking beyond this point”.  The sign is somewhat pointless itself, because there is only water past the sign.  Then a John Deere tractor arrives from the island, pulling a wagon over a narrow spit of land, covered with 2-3 feet of water.  Then it’s our turn, and off we go into the bay and to the island. It’s a unique experience!



Down the stairs and up into the Fresnel lens:






A quaint little town, with an interesting history.  Originally founded near what is now Green Bay, by a Moravian preacher, to give those of his faith a wholesome place to live.  He turned out to be a bit more of a shady land developer than a preacher, however.  He was buying property from the government and reselling it to the locals at a great markup, and not even producing legal deeds.  When he was found out, he left town, and so did everyone else.  They started a new town, same name, same goals, well up on Door Peninsula.  The religious foundation of the area is perhaps the reason why this community is so peaceful… and was the last “Dry City” in Wisconsin… only voting to allow sales of alcohol in 2016, thus ending a 163-year ban on beer and wine sales!






Met a cutie while shopping…





Washington Island








This fascinating building looks like it might have been designed by Darth Vader, but it really is modeled after medieval Norwegian chapels.  A “Stav” is a pole, or mast.  This chapel has 12 center staves, and is built with joinery like a Viking ship.

A replica of a sailing ship from the early 1800’s hangs from the nave, and a tool belt hangs in a corner as a memorial to one of the builders who died before the chapel’s completion.


Schoolhouse Beach

This beach claims to be one of very few with such rounded rocks.  Seems we’ve seen them elsewhere, but whatever… it’s very pretty!


Jackson Harbor




Washington Island Farm Museum








Jacobsen Museum

Jens Jacobsen built his cabin in the Norwegian style, with vertical logs instead of horizontal logs like Abe Lincoln would have done.  Leaving the bark on, the vertical logs were supposed to shed water quickly and be preserved longer.



In his museum, we met 11 cousins there for a reunion… some of which had never met each other previously.  The one on the stairs works at the museum.









Ellison Bay / Death’s Door Maritime museum





I was fascinated by these old Kahlenberg diesel engines.  Very interesting early 1900’s technology.







Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

A Door County must is this beautiful restaurant in Sister Bay.  It’s easy to find… the only place with goats on the roof!  The sod roof is home to a number of goats, and has been a landmark for decades.  But it’s the Swedish Pancakes that make it worth the trip!


Here’s a little video of how they make these Swedish Pancakes…

Evening in Sister Bay:







We have spent all week helping prepare for an epic event about to occur in Oshkosh, Wisconsin!  For those of you not familiar with an International Pathfinder Camporee, let me start by defining Pathfinders.  Think of a Co-ed Boy Scout/Girl Scout program, but with a very Christian basis.  The Pathfinder program is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist church, and teaches kids about all sorts of things, the foremost being a relationship with Jesus.

Every five years Pathfinders from all over the planet converge in one spot to play, learn and worship.  Three days from now, over 55,000 people will arrive in Oshkosh to join the biggest International Camporee ever!  We have worked like crazy, with hundreds of others, to prepare for this huge event.  I am not going to put up any pictures except the teaser above, so I don’t spoil anybody’s surprise arriving to the camp.  But I will mention that the stage in the picture above is HUGE, very sophisticated (you can’t see much of that in the picture), and will be the stage for every evening program.

Next week I will try to put up pictures of events in progress, as well as some of what we’ve done to build all this amazing stuff!  In the meantime, please check out the completed blog of our Doing Duluth; I finally got around to adding a bunch of stuff that was missing last week!