The last week of July we wandered up to Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek. But first, a stop in Maribel on Friday and Saturday nights at Devils River Campground.
|This mill was on the campground. Sawmills of the past became grist |
mills rather quickly. The lumbering industry in Wisconsin never lasted as long as promised.
The Point Beach nuclear power plant was close by so we decided to pay a visit to the Education Center. We were impressed with the quality of the "museum." Lots of hands-on activities, for both kids and big kids. And, I thought, a well-balanced exhibit that included information about other sources of energy - from coal to solar to wind. Plus we learned from the staff person at the desk that nuclear power plants - at least the ones in the United States - would not blow up. We're not Chernobyl.
|The model of the assembly that contains the nuclear |
fuel rods reminded me of the Empire State Building.
|All the greats in the field of electricity, including|
Ben Franklin, were shown along with an explanation
of their contribution to the field. Ohm, Watt, Ampere
have been honored by having their names attached
to an electrical term.
|We learned that the spent fuel rods at the plant are being stored|
on site pending the outcome of the federal government establishing
a permanent storage site. Funding for the Yucca Mountain site
in Nevada has been terminated.
Our other visit in the Two Rivers area was to the Rawley Point Lighthouse. We met up with at least three photographers that were taking pictures on an overcast day.
We were glad we had our Wisconsin State Park sticker since the lighthouse is in a "fee" area - the Point Beach State Forest.
One attraction in Maribel - unfortunately off limits because it's on private property - is the Maribel Caves Hotel. All that remains today is the stone shell of what was purported to be a haunted hotel - at least in days gone by.
Our next stop was Door County and Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek where we met up with Rick's son, daughter-in-law, and the two grandsons. Peninsula is one of the most popular of our state's parks. Not very crowded on Sunday when we arrived - the rain probably caused people to cancel or leave early. But a little rain didn't bother us. In fact, listening to the rain on the roof of the trailer is most pleasant.
|We've added two more lights (at either end of the awning) to our rig.|
Rick says that we can never have too many lights!
|It was a mechanical goat up on the roof this morning to cut the grass.|
|I was told that the best way to pit the cherries was with a paper clip. It worked.|
|The Stavkirke (stav, or mast, church) was one of the stops on our tour.|
Rick's son and daughter-in-law had seen these types of churches when
they were visiting Norway a few years ago. According to Kari,
there were no lights in the Norwegian churches; this one had a few fluorescents!
|Calories don't count when one is on vacation!|