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Door County Vacation

August 23, 2012

Even though I am now well into being an adult, I can’t say how glad I am that my family has revived our summer family vacations. When we were younger, we took off as a family to places like Canada, Florida, Wisconsin Dells, the Black Hills, and Lake Beauty Bible Camp. We’d pack a cooler, pile in the station wagon, and set off on our road trip! After many, many summers of not coming together for a family vacation (too many schedules to keep track of during our high school and college years!), last summer we took a family trip to the revisit the Black Hills as adults. This summer’s destination? Door County, Wisconsin!

In planning the trip, we knew we wanted to go somewhere fairly close because we had some complicated schedules amongst our group, so we chose to visit Door County, which is a peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan, just north of Green Bay. Door County is full of cherry and apple orchards, vineyards, quaint towns, and beautiful state parks. No commercial businesses are allowed in the county, so it is full of unique shops, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. Only Erica had been there before, so it was a new adventure for almost all of us!

We started out the trip the way no trip should ever start–with car trouble! We were caravaning with my parents, and about two hours into the trip, their van suddenly died. We had to call for a tow, discovered it was the fuel pump, and unfortunately had to spend the night in tiny little Thorp, WI. We were pretty disappointed to lose a day of our trip, but we made the best of it by ordering pizza and watching women’s gymnastics.

So when we finally arrived the next day, we were ready to get started adventuring! And adventure we did! A few images from our trip:

Ice cream at the Chocolate Chicken in Egg Harbor. We frequented this place not once, but twice.

Finally made it to the lake! So peaceful.

My adorable parents. Plus John’s shoes.

Peninsula State Park. Highly recommend this place!

Breathtaking view from the top of Eagle Tower.

The newlyweds at Cana Island Lighthouse.

Cave Point Park–what an amazing place!! Pictures cannot do it justice…It’s like a grown up’s playground!

More Cave Point–we were delighted to find this little hole in the rocks.

Ferry to Washington Island. So fun!

Our only full family photo. And everyone actually looks good!

And of course we had to stop to tour Lambeau Field for the Packers Fans in the family.

Overall, it was a fantastic trip and some much-needed family time. I so miss the peaceful views, grilling over the campfire, and setting out for a new daily excursion! I definitely recommend visiting, and hope to vacation there again in the future.

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