Madeline Island

Mel and I had another Choose Your Own adventure weekend – we headed out of town with a vague idea of where we were going and what we were doing, but certainly didn’t have all the details worked out.  We drove up to Bayfield, WI, a charming little tourist trap of a town up on Lake Superior.  From there, we took a ferry out to Madeline Island and the town La Pointe, WI.  We brought the bikes, hoping to score a camping site at one of the two established campgrounds on the island.  If they were full, we were planning to just camp wherever nobody would notice us.  Here’s some photos of us on the ferry with our bikes:

And in case you didn’t catch it, yes, we’re MATCHY MATCHY:

Awww.. well that’s precious.

We got off to a rocky start when I made Mel carry all the heavy gear while I carried the pillows and sleeping pads.  I tried to make her feel better:

“But look at your gigantic thighs!  You’re so much stronger than I am!” I said.

That didn’t help the situation.  I think Mel needs to learn how to take a compliment.

We finally got the gear situation figured out, and off we went:

The island has a reputation for being extremely bike friendly, and we found this to be pretty much the case.  There were tons of bikes everywhere, although I’m not exactly sure why.  The island is 14 miles long, so it doesn’t exactly scream “bike friendly” or anything.  But we did get to spend much of the weekend on our bikes!

“Thanks for planning a great vacation surrounding my favorite hobby,” I said.

“The internet?” Mel asked, confused.

“I was talking about bikes.”

“Oh, I thought that was your 3rd favorite hobby,” she said.

“what did you think was my 2nd favorite hobby?” I asked.

“*****” (censored for our underage readers)

“Oh…. well we’ve got a pretty good top 3 list going here anyway,” I said.

We checked out the city park along Big Bay, and found a sweet beach, and some scenic views.  There were quite a few people out laying around on the beach, even if it was cool enough that most people were still wearing sweatshirts.

We lucked out and found a great campsite at the town park:

We spent all of Saturday biking, beaching, napping, and just generally gallivanting around the island.  Monday Morning, we woke up at a leisurely late hour, ate some oatmeal, rode the bikes back to the ferry, and took the ferry back to Bayfield.

Oh, and we bought CHEESE CURDS on the way home.  I’d never had them before.  They’re super-tasty.

10 comments to Madeline Island

  • I miss my Eureka Timberline. We just replaced it two years ago for a Tetragon after my dog messed it up. I hope the Tetragon lasts 15 years like the Timberline did.

  • @Bill – No joke. That thing is heavy, but indestructible (except by dogs…). And it sets up in seconds – even by 13-year-olds.

  • Liz

    Looks like it turned out to be a great trip! Sad we missed it (because I'm lame), but glad you guys had a great time!

  • Wow, I definitely have to check that place out.

    We (me, wife, and offspring) did make it up to ride part of the Gitchi-Gami state trail last week. The trail inside the state parks was cool, but the ride between them was 'meh'. (I enjoy scenery and being away from large highways, portions of the trail are 10 feet from the highway, so not as much fun as the nature-y parts.) Hopefully by next year the kid will be more camp-able so we can do a couple of over-nighters.

  • @Liz and Don Wortley (both of you?) – it's ok, mebbe we can do it some other time (like in 30 years when none of us has kids around anymore…)

    @James – Sorry Gitchi-Gami wasn't everything you were hoping for. It's been on my list of things to do for a while – maybe I'll bump it down the priority list a little bit.

  • Awesome! Eric and I went to Madeline Island a few years ago and had a great time. Our favorite find was a guy who'd turned his house into a bar and was selling cans of beer out of his kitchen to a group that seemed to be composed of me, Eric, and a group of his friends. Pretty sweet. I'm still wondering how you go from being the local hangout spot for your friends to selling them beverages you presumably used to give away.

  • Ren

    Fun, fun!

    I hope you mean cheese curds in their natural state (the way god intended) and not that deep fried crap.

  • So… it's decided. If and when Evan and I come to Minnesota, we're going on a biking/camping/hiking (?) extravaganza! This weekend adventure looks super awesome. Love it.

  • Katie – well, we're sporting sweatshirts from everbody's favorite Boundary Waters outfitters, Williams & Hall. I don't think they've got an online store, but I'm sure they are happy to sell stuff via phone or email.

  • So where would one pick up one of these fabulous matchy-matchy sweatshirts?