It’s Cooler By The Lake

As life would have it high heat and humidity in WI bring the risk of sever thunderstorms which brings a quick change of plans. So what do we do to escape the heat but still be outside, we head to the lake….Lake Michigan that is.

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Originally, we had plans to paddle the chain of Lakes in Waupaca but quickly made a change since the sustained winds were 30mph or higher and thunderstorms were a possibility. We have been there, done that before, and we were not willing to relive this possibility again. However, it was a weekend, the sun was shining, and it was HOT! Which meant I wanted to be outside where I am happiest, so my husband suggested we head lakeside and tour lighthouses and walk the piers since the waves would be fun to see. I was all in!!!

We started in Kewaunee, WI but were quickly disappointed to find the lighthouse was under construction and the pier was closed.

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We did see a wedding just finishing up lakeside. What a gorgeous place to say I love You!

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Being we have been here many times before, we also brought the watermelon rind from the watermelon I cut up before leaving home and grabbed a few carrots to feed to the deer at a local wildlife park in this area. They seemed to enjoy the cool treats.

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Next we headed to Algoma, WI and had lunch at a place my husband has eaten at numerous times for business lunches but I have only visited once with a friend for coffee. Wow, what a fabulous lunch we had. They have an enormous menu, indoor and outdoor seating(with blankets provided since it’s always cooler by the lake), and some wonderful desserts which we did not indulge in sadly.

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After lunch we visited the Algoma pier which waves were crashing over so hard that we were also not able to walk to the end. Although, the view was quite spectacular and it was much colder…..87 at home….64 in Algoma! BRRRRR!!!!

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Even the pelicans seemed to be struggling in the high winds.

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Our last pier of the day was Sturgeon Bay. This is always my favorite. It’s so beautiful.

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While here we even got to witness a “not so wise” family attempt to take on the waves with their boat and quickly decided it was too much to handle when the turned back around shortly after.

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Thankfully, the coast guard boat never had to leave the dock and rescue them. However, whether they know it or not, on shore they had quite the audience watching them attempt this crazy stunt.

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And that was our Saturday…..still spent outside but at times I did have to wear my jacket.So if your looking for a break from the heat and humidity you can never go wrong heading to the lake shore and exploring the area. It has so much to offer… just don’t forget a light jacket.

As for Sunday, much of the same weather was expected so I stayed home and did some things of my own and my husband and son headed out for a quick fishing trip. Successful fishing trip it was…..here is what they brought home. WOW!!!!

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DePere River Walk/Locktender’s House Cafe

Working from home is often quite the challenge for me. I wake up at home, work all day at home, switch over to mom/wife mode in the evenings at home, and then go to sleep at home. Our friends and family wonder why we are never home on the weekends and I wonder why would they ask something so self explanatory. I am ALWAYS home!

Sometimes during the week when I have just had enough of my home and need a little escape I will make my way to the DePere Riverwalk. It’s close to our home, is attached to the Fox River Trail, and offers a little hiatus from my life at home.

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Recently we did this one night after work and I was happily refreshed after only a short walk and a little treat.

We made our way across the bridge.

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We noticed that the locks were closed which meant they had a boat or two inside. I always find the lock tenders fascinating. I would love a job where you are working out, standing outside, and enjoying the summer sunshine every hour of your day.

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Surprisingly, when the lock gates opened up we were shocked to see two kayakers exit. Apparently, I am way to frugal to pay per vessel to take kayaks through the lock system. There is a portage just feet from the locks entrance and a put in just down the path a short distance. No way would I ever pay money to not have to carry my kayak such a short distance.

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After this we headed down to the the path toward the pier near the dam. I have never seen pelicans do the fish dance before this day and I found this quite amusing. They swim around in a circle dipping their heads at the same time herding fish together.

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Until finally one get’s lucky and captures a fish for it’s dinner. That one then swims away and the others just continue on with this dance. Odd but so amusing to watch.

We eventually made our way to the end of the pier which is decorated with locks of families and couples all over the cables of the railings. Again, odd but unique.

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I knew with a little persuasion I could talk my husband into stopping at the Locktender’s House for an ice cream treat. It’s hard to resist when they have the best salted caramel shakes we have ever had. It also helps that is his favorite flavor:)

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This little cafe is open from 9am-9pm and is super cute. If your in the DePere, WI area I highly suggest taking the short walk and stopping for an ice cream treat. You won’t be sorry you did.(NOTE: that is not my husband in that picture…just some older guy trying to figure out his phone….haha!)

After our ice cream we headed back and I was ready to return home. As short as it was, it was all I needed to recharge and return back home for another few days. Sometimes my weeks just drag on and this is a perfect spot to escape for just a little while.