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On my second day in Door County, I headed north from my home base in Sturgeon Bay, up to Peninsula State Park. Along the way, I stopped off in Fish Creek for a quick geocache. Fish Creek is probably my favorite town, with all sorts of little restaurants and boutiques. Unfortunately, many of them were closed due to COVID. Not all was lost though, as the geocache I hit was in Champagne Rock Park, which was truly the tiniest park I’ve ever seen. It was basically a short trail between two huge, beautiful houses, that culminated at the lake.

The cache itself was barely hidden, but given that the location itself was barely noticeable, it made sense. From there, I went a little way north to Peninsula State Park. This park is absolutely glorious, with lush foliage and quietude. I even encountered another deer as it calmly watched me try to navigate the sign-less roads.

As luck would have it, I showed up on May 19, 2021, the very first day the rebuilt Eagle Tower was re-opened to the public. It was so new, you could still smell the clean planed wood. The Tower itself is 60 feet tall, and is attached to an 850-foot long boardwalk that stretches into the woods.

In the picture above, you can see my tiny white Prius backed into a spot on the right.

The boardwalk leads to a trailhead. I opted for the 2-mile Sentinel Trail, which incredible. There were gentle twists and turns, and something new to look at every step of the way. The trail itself was well-groomed and easy, making it a good choice for family hikes.

After the hike, I drove north to Sister Bay, where I stopped off at the Piggly Wiggly for supplies before taking 57 south along the eastern side of the peninsula. Once I got back to camp, I heated up a container of Trader Joe’s shiitake mushroom and chicken. I wish I had started heating it up earlier, because I was starving. Then, I toasted my last night of camping with a facial and a movie. All in all, it was a wonderful, much-needed escape.


Distracted, working mom seeking short escapes from a hectic life via quick crafts and fast food. Sure, she could meditate, after she cleans the house.

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