After the short detour to take some photos, I drove back through Sturgeon Bay and along the ship canal to the Coast Guard Station at the east end of the canal. There were two lighthouses - a free standing tower at the Station and an older lighthouse at the end of the pier.
I walked the length of the pier and made some photos, then returned to the car and started up the east side of the peninsula. Next stop was Cave Point Park a 19 acre county park, surrounded by the larger Whitefish Dunes State Park.
The ground and vegetation in the park remind me a lot of Mackinac Island. The small park's most interesting features are 15-30 foot dolomite cliffs which Lake Michigan is carving away. It was beautiful that day, but I understand that it is spectacular when the water is rough and waves send water shooting toward the sky.
Crossing to the west side of the Door Peninsula I visited many interesting little towns, continuing out to the northern end of the peninsula where ferries serve the nearby Washington Island.
On the way back, I sopped for an early supper at Sister Bay Bowl in Sister Bay. The restaurant is part of a 6 lane bowling alley. With it being off season, the dining room didn't open unto 5:30PM, and I joined the line of about 30 people waiting for it to open. The line was a good sign, considering how many other restaurants are available in the area.
I had a nice supper of fried perch before making the leisurely drive back to Green Bay to spend the night.
Photos from the second day of the trip at the launch of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw
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