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Sunday in Michigan - Tamara's Journeys

Sunday in Michigan

August 2nd, 2015

Located at the gateway to the Apostle Islands on the south shore of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin, the Madeline Island Ferry Line provides passenger, bicycle and car transportation between the picturesque towns of LaPointe and Bayfield. I began my journey by stopping in the Madeline Island Information Station across from the ferry landing in Bayfield. A visit here will get everyone set for the ferry trip and to return when they have more time. I grabbed a walking tour brochure and knew that I wanted to return before ever setting foot on the island.

I took the 25-minute trip this weekend which provided spectacular views of the Lake itself and several of the 22 Apostle Islands. I felt my cares being left behind on the Wisconsin mainland as we floated across the bay.

Madeline Island is often called the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, who have lived here hundreds of years before the first arrival of Europeans. The Ojibwe name for the island is Mooningwanekaaning, which means home of the golden breasted woodpecker.  Visitors to Madeline Island are now able to learn a few words of the Ojibwe language through bilingual Anishinabe and English way-finding signs.

Click here to learn more: http://www.madelineisland.com/

The 4-ton propeller was salvaged from the tug Ashland, a working vessel used to tow log rafts on Lake Superior in the early 1900s.

The 4-ton propeller was salvaged from the tug Ashland, a working vessel used to tow log rafts on Lake Superior in the early 1900s.

Fur trader Michel Cadotte

Fur trader Michel Cadotte

Michel Cadotte Fur Trade Post. Founded in 1792 Michel Cadotte married Equasayway, daughter of Chief Waudijejauk. The family traded, famed and welcomed visitors for over 50 years.

 

Madeline Island Candles Madeline Island flowers

Gnomes in front of Island Carvers

Gnomes in front of Island Carvers

Madeline Island Grampa Tonys Madeline Island ice cream

Madeline Island Inn and Pub

Madeline Island Inn and Pub

Metal mermaid at the Bell street Gallery

Metal mermaid at the Bell street Gallery

Mission Hill House

Mission Hill House

Ojibwe Cemetery

Ojibwe Cemetery

Post Office which is half of the original Old Mission dining room in 1900.

Post Office which is half of the original Old Mission dining room in 1900.

Red Snail Sculptures mark Friday Farmer's Market location

Red Snail Sculptures mark Friday Farmer’s Market location

Madeline Island walking tour

The Bayfield and Madeline Island area is situated in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, a northern wonderland. Once you experience the tranquil lakeside views, relax and unwind in this postcard ready paradise you will never want to leave. I’ll be returning for sure.

Yet there was nothing new, thrilling or revolutionary at the Iron County Fair. I got the sense that’s exactly how the organizers liked it. “Same old, same old” makes for a consistent, old fashioned nature to a fair.

Sure enough, I sang revival songs in the 4H barn while the rain poured down, walked around a variety of antique tractors and watched a draft horse pull competition. That’s what I went for. I wanted to see pairs of draft horses harnessed up to pull a weighted sled. It’s quite a powerful sporting event.

It wasn’t razzle dazzle. There wasn’t tempting gooey fair food. It poured rain. And it was good enough for a Sunday in Michigan.

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Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.