Hike and Go Seek – Peninsula State Park

Peninsula State Park is a 3,776-acre  Wisconsin state park with eight miles of Green Bay shoreline in Door County. Peninsula is the third largest state park in Wisconsin.

Upon entering the Peninsula State Park, I realized how just a few hours north created an entirely different landscape.  The trees were so tall the I could not often see the tops.  The same area that I saw on the map…..was a bit deceiving as this peninsula is surrounded by Lake Michigan on 3 sides.   I could not help but wonder…could there be bears?  My understanding growing up in Northern Illinois was that bears where “native” to upper Wisconsin.  But upon checking in and registering my car (yes…there is a fee to park), I asked.  And the seemingly gentle man behind the check in counter went”gggrrowllllll” as if joking.  But then he said….well….there have been a few sightings.  Ugh…I would be hiking alone and this is different than many of the trails I had enjoyed closer to home where they are quite populated…and yes…no bears.  So he told me that IF I did see a bear all I need to do is  to just stand up tall and  make myself  look big.  While I might be a bit big around the belly…I am certainly not tall.

And ok.. while this site is all about nature, hiking and adventure…I must say Door County offers many small quaint towns, with a vast array of shops and restaurants…lots of outdoor dining (you hear….”outdoor”…so that counts).

Oh by the way and I never did see a bear.

Lake Michigan’s Beauty in Winter

 

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes in the Midwest.   And they are huge with beaches offen referred to as the “Third Coast” of the United States, right up there with the Altantic and Pacific Oceans.

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes located entirely within the territory of the United States. It is shared, from west to east Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The word “Michigan” originally referred to the lake itself, and is believed to come from the Ojibwe word michi-gami meaning “great water”. (1)

Some of the earliest human inhabitants of the Lake Michigan region were the Hopewell Indians.  In the early 17th century, when western European explorers made their first forays into the region, they encountered descendants of the Late Woodland Indians.

Currently some 12 million people live along the shore with many booming tourist towns, including Door County in Wisconin and Saugatuck in Michigan.

(1)  Superior Watershed Partnership Projects.  Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.