Washington Island: Door County Camping Trip, September 2009

A version of this post originally appeared on my blog First Class Great Outdoors. Enjoy!

On day two of our 2009 Door County camping trip, Jason and I decided to take the ferry over to Washington Island off the tip of the peninsula. Neither of us had ever been there and, honestly, we didn’t really know what to expect.

We left the car behind and headed on the Washington Island Ferry with our bikes. We were slightly concerned about the crummy weather as we left, but it cleared up nicely.

Setting off on the ferry to Washington Island off the tip of the Door County peninsula

Looking back towards the Door County peninsula from the Washington Island ferry

Jason and I quickly realized that there’s not a lot to Washington Island. We were expecting shops and restaurants, a quaint little island world. In reality, there were a lot of farms, few shops, and many closed restaurants (we were there during Washington Island’s off-season). We rode our bikes about 10 miles that day, which neither of us was really ready for. It was rather relaxing, though.

While I don’t think I could handle living on an island after seeing life on Washington Island, it wasn’t a horrible place to visit.

The stavkirke on Washington Island, Door County, Wisconsin

View of Washington Island from a lookout tower

Another view from the lookout tower on Washington Island

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