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Great food, great fellowship, great adventure

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The annual whitetail deer season made its appearance on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, Bob's brother, John, who lives on Hilton Head, S.C., arrived early to do a little turkey hunting before the deer season. On Thursday he asked if I had anything planned for Friday. I said "no" and he said "how would you like to go to Door County for the day?" I hadn't been to Door County for a coon's age, and said l would be delighted to go and he said "why don't you ask Doris to go too'' She is daughter Susie's mother-in-law. Can you imagine him wanting to spend the day all cooped up in the car with two ole grandma's!

By 8:30 a.m., we had picked up Doris and were on our way. Our adventure was about to begin. It was a lovely cloudless day, the sun shining brightly and was a picture perfect day. We headed east on Highway 10, we skirted the town of Stevens Point where they make a great beer called Point Beer. Near the town of Waupaca is a wee town called King, where the veterans home is located. Our Legion Club, Post 153, does quite a few things for the vets there. They have a wee small store where patients can shop; it is free and our club donates regularly to it. From there, we went through Appleton and stopped for coffee and a pit stop.

We both chattered and visited up a storm, and I am sure we drove John right up a tree. But he seemed to have the patience of a saint. We came to Two Rivers and our stomachs were growling, so we began to look for a place to eat.

As the old saying goes, "wherever you see a lot of cars, it must be good." We saw Conies Diner and we could hardly find a place to park. It was super-small and absolutely packed; in fact, it seemed the only place to sit was at the counter, but with Doris's walker, that was out. Well, low and behold a couple at a table got up and offered us their table and they sat at the counter. We could see this was going to be a fine place to eat. The food was 'down home cookin' and delicious. I had a steak sandwich with fries and slaw. After our leisurely lunch, we were once again on our way. We were going up the east side of the Peninsula right on Michigan Lake. Of the five Great Lakes, Michigan is the second largest with Superior being No. 1; Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and the smallest Lake Ontario. They span more than 750 miles and are the largest surface freshwater system in the world. Only the Polar Ice Caps contain more fresh water.

Lake Michigan was a deep blue with whitecaps coming in. With the sun shining on it, it was a most spectacular sight to see.

Next were Sturgeon Bay, Bailey's Harbor and Ephraim Sister Bay, and as we rounded the top of the peninsula we could see Washington Island where it is a state park and they have ferries to take groups out there. Coming down the other side was Gills Rock, Ellison Bay, Fish Creek and Egg Harbor, and down to Green Bay. We had hoped to stop at Lambeau Field, but it was getting late and we had a long drive home.

Since it wasn't the busy season, there was hardly any traffic going around the Peninsula.

We arrived home about 7:30 p.m. What a nice adventure.

Next week ... the deer season.

Marilyn Miller
The Old Grey Mare