Door County Vacation 2011

Phil, Dave, Diane, Mike, Mark, Marty, Christopher, Shannon, Justin, & Jordan

Sturgeon Bay from the tower at Potawatomi State Park.
The first week we camped near this tower.
The second week Phil & Dave spent the first and last nights in this bay
and the remainder sailing as far as the eye can see along the far shore.

Picturesque Door County is the peninsula between Lake Michigan and (100 mi long) Green Bay.
We spent the first week around Sturgeon Bay and stayed at Potawatomi State Park.
We spent a lot of time in the quaint village of Sturgeon Bay, known for it ship building history.

This sheltered bay is the best place in the Great Lakes to "Winter Over". The bay is full of 1000 footers during
the winter helping the economy then, while allowing residents a leisurely summer.
Some afternoons we strayed over to Whitefish Dunes Park on Lake Michigan.


Leisurely life at Potawatomi camp included, Swimming, GeoCaching, and fireside evenings.


We also visited the village by water seeing the Maritime Museum and other areas.

In the afternoons we often went swimming and playing in the waves at the Dunes Park on Lake Michigan

The second week Dave and Phil returned to enjoy Door County by Dave's Boat


The sights were often breathtaking.

We spent several days at Peninsula State Park anchored in Nicolet Bay.
The beach was great for swimming, sun bathing and meeting people.
It also offered great hiking.

Later we headed north and had to cross "Deaths Door Passage" in gale force winds.
The passage is well named.

But we later made it into the shelter of Detroit Bay in Washington Island.
We stayed the night and headed south again crossing "Death Door" and again in heavy winds.
Dave Said, "I know we can make it fine, just getting tired of proving it".

Earlier damage to the boat trailer (which we did not know about) caused us a bit of trouble on the way home.
Blown tire and broken leaf spring.

Dave and Phil can fix about anything. We got home with only a short delay.