Up Northest in Wisconsin - The Apostle Islands
“Up North” is what people in Wisconsin call all the areas north of their current location in the state. People in Milwaukee go up north and so do people in Green Bay - Green Bay is already up north to people in Milwaukee. “Up North” is a term of endearment. If you’re going “Up North” you are going to get away and spend fun times with family and friends. It’s not just a summertime thing. People go “up north” to enjoy the great Wisconsin outdoors year around. Wisconsin’s northern most point is Devil’s Island - One of the Apostle Islands. You can’t get anymore up norther than that!
There are 22 Apostle Islands and 21 of them are part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. I’m not an expert on the New Testament, but I’m pretty sure there were only 12 original apostles. I’m not sure how the Islands got their name, but I’m guessing that the folks naming the islands just scanned the area and counted 12 islands. Later they probably found the other 10 islands, but it was too late to rename them. That’s my theory and I’m sticking with it until someone presents me a better one.
Suze and I took a late afternoon cruise to see the Islands. It was a beautiful day. The highlight of the cruise was really Devil’s Island. It’s not only the most remote island, but it features sea caves which undercut the shoreline. Some of the caves go back under the island as far as 50 feet. All of the islands consist of sandstone, but the sandstone on Devil’s Island is somewhat softer than that on the other islands. Many thousands of years of surf and wind have created a beautifully unique shoreline.
There are 7 lighthouses and numerous shipwrecks to explore on and around the Apostle Islands, but we stuck to the cruise ship. The cruise was 3 hours long and it got very cold on the ride back into port - glad we had jackets and a blanket!
We entered southwestern Wisconsin on July 28th and we stayed in Nelson Dewey State Park. Here is a quick bullet list of our 38 days back in our home state.
We stayed in 9 different campgrounds.
We visited the largest city in the state, Milwaukee. Our home.
We saw sunsets on the Mississippi River, Lake Michigan (Door County), and Lake Superior.
We biked on bike paths along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
We took a brewery tour in Chippewa Falls, WI. - We drank some beers too!
We spent 4 days in Door County and biked across Washington Island.
We kayaked on Ada Lake. A dream of Suze’s. Ada is a small lake near Wabeno, WI.
We kayaked on 2 really big lakes - Michigan and Superior.
We kayaked on the biggest river in North America - the Mississippi River.
We started in the Southwest corner of the state and went up north!
We were able to see family and friends.
What’s next? We are heading to the the U.P. of Michigan. We’ll be staying in Munising, Michigan where we are looking forward to seeing the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from land and water!