Part of the snowbird boating plan was to spend much of of our time in Door County, WI during the summer and fall. This is the time of year when the weather and the natural beauty of the place are at their finest.
While in Door County we live in our small condo just outside the town of Fish Creek. Because it is a condo, the grounds are managed. Nevertheless, Deb can’t resist digging in the dirt, so she both supervises and participates in the landscaping process.
Door County has many interesting and picturesque places.
While there, we took advantage of opportunities to hike trails, ride bikes, and play golf. Deb also managed the occasional shopping expedition.
But this blog is focused on our sailing adventures, so that is what is emphasized here. In Door County, time on the water mostly involves sailing the Precision 23. This modest sized keel-centerboard boat is a far cry from Outbound. But simplicity and low cost of operation have a lot to be said for them, especially for day sailing.
Steve often goes sailing on his own. Ease of single-handing is another nice feature of the smaller boat. Most of our sails involve a few hours cruising around the local waters. As on Outbound, it is usually Steve at the helm and Deb relaxing/reading/napping.
But Deb took a refresher course in sailing this summer, and afterward she decided to take hold of the dreaded tiller a few times in order to practice. Emboldened by the new expertise on board, we even broke out the spinnaker a few times.
One of the most prominent features of our local sailing area is Eagle Bluff, with the observation tower on the top and a great hiking trail along the water at the bottom.
The Precision is on a mooring ball in the bay just off of Ephraim. The bay is in the foreground of the picture above showing the bluff. In the bay are two very small marinas and a collection of mooring balls. As a result, there are numerous interesting boats of varying sizes.
Because this is a popular tourist area, there are several excursion boats offering opportunities to get on the water.
The town of Ephraim is a picturesque place that reminds some of towns in New England. We enjoy the view while sailing and afterwards when we are relaxing back on the mooring ball.
Here is the view of the bay and the town of Ephraim looking back from the bluff side. The Precision is probably the sailboat in the center just under the multistory building.
Impressive sunsets are another nice feature.
While a variety of circumstances meant we spent less time in Door County than originally planned, the time there was thoroughly enjoyable.