The 10 Day Camping Trip 2010
We just recently got back from a 10 day trip to Northeastern Wisconsin. We had been wanting to do this trip for quite some time. In 2006, Mary and I took our first 10 day camping trip to North Central Wisconsin. We had such a good time that we wanted to do it again. It has been four years since, but we were finally able to have everything work out to allow us to go.
Planning – One of the reasons we don’t do this trip every year is because it is a lot of work to put together. We don’t just stay in one spot for the whole time. During the first trip we actually camped at four different locations. Each had a unique campground with interesting things to see in the area and the final day was spent at a hotel with a hot tub. ;) So I guess technically, that makes it a 9 day camping trip. We decided to do the same style trip this time. We selected three different campgrounds to go to and then booked a hotel for the final night of the trip.
Activities – We really enjoyed the chance to get out and experience Northern Wisconsin again. We did not plan much in the way of activities. When something intrigued us, we went and did it. We did plenty of hiking and geocaching, but we also brought our kayaks along this time. Kayaking was a lot of fun, even if we only stayed on one lake. We could have kayaked in a lot of different places, but it is hard to beat crystal clear lakes in the middle of a national forest. As we were out and about, we also sought out some of Wisconsin’s waterfalls. There a quite a few smaller falls in this area. Most are at very beautiful and scenic locations. Other than that, our time was spent camping, relaxing, and driving around to see the different areas.
Locations – Neither of us had been to Door County before so that is where we started. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Wisconsin, Door County is the peninsula that extends into Lake Michigan on the east side of the state. We stayed at Potawatomi State Park near Sturgeon Bay. It was a good central location on the peninsula. From there we drove around the Bay, up to the Nicolet National Forest. There we found what turned out to be one of our favorite campgrounds, Laura Lake. We liked it so much that we ended up staying there for the rest of the trip. The other site we had planned to stay at was White Deer Lake/Luna Lake. We did end up taking a day trip into that area, but we decided we liked our site at Laura Lake better.
Over all, it was a great trip. Aside from a flat tire, we didn’t have any problems. The weather was clear and warm every day. This was probably the most amazing thing of the trip; for the 9 days we were actually camping, we never had a drop of rain and it was still Spring! Not that we are complaining. It was just astonishing. If anyone is looking to take a week long trip to explore some of Northern Wisconsin’s beauty, I would be more than willing to make some suggestions on where to go. There is a lot to do and see up there.
I will cover some more aspects of the trip in greater detail in separate posts: