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  • Writer's pictureInger and Jeff Latreille

Can You Pronounce POTAWATOMI?

~Wednesday, August 4, 2021~

Day 416 (Travel Day)

It was so nice to be boondocking again and we had such lovely hosts at “Peace and Quiet”. We never got to make it over to their “home on wheels”, since we packed so much in the 3 days we were here. We would absolutely go back with our hosts in mind. We’re thrilled we finally got to see the Apostle Islands as well as the charming towns in the surrounding areas. And as always, our highlight is always meeting new people, perhaps making life-long friends.

We have a 7-hour drive (300 miles) ahead of us and we say goodbye to Lake Superior. It has been with us for quite a while as we came to understand just how big that lake is. It’s quite “superior”! 😉🤣 As we move on, we’re still in the state of Wisconsin headed to Sturgeon Bay. The campground... Potawatomi State Campground, with again, no hookups. There is cell reception, however.

We headed over to Thompson’s Park (where we filled up with Artesian water) to do a dump run. It’s so nice they have this community park with these facilities. As we drove through Ashland one last time, we saw a huge pickup truck in a parking lot, loaded with fresh-picked corn and people standing a mile long to stock up. My, how good that would taste, but we had to keep moving. There was definitely more smoke and haze in the skies as we headed southeast. There is no escaping it, unless you’re in Texas or somewhere south like that. But even with the smoke, you can see just how pretty Wisconsin is…..lots of farmland, cattle, silos and green. Sadie did great on the long car ride. Of the 7 hours of driving, we only stopped once. Finding a rest stop on our route was a bit challenging, until we decided to just pull off at a large gas station that had a nice grassy area for Sadie to have a little run time. Plus, it felt good to stretch those legs. I think the rule of thumb is, for every 2 hours of driving, you should get out and stretch. Well, I guess we didn’t stick to the rules.

We arrived at our campground around 6:00 and our first impression…..clean and organized. Like Michigan, they require the purchase of a state recreation pass unless you live in that state. The $38 annual pass was cheaper than the daily rate with being here 5 nights, so we took that. Getting to our site was a bit snug with their narrow roads and trees. I’d say there are about 50% tent campers and 50% RVer’s. We have a great no-hook up site but with the amount of shade, we’ll have some challenges with charging our solar panels. We also have the smoke factor and the rule of no generator use anywhere in the park. In fact, all of the state parks in Wisconsin do not allow generator use unless it’s for medical reasons, and even that, you need a special permit. They do have a general store in the campground, so thought I’d better head over sooner than later if I was going to get any milk. Good call as I had 5 minutes to spare before closing.

After set-up, we pulled out one of our frozen jars of homemade spaghetti sauce and boom, dinner in 20 minutes. Love having things like this at the ready….especially on long travel days when the last thing you feel like doing is cooking.

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