Vacation, 25jun –02jul, 2002
Or, Poisoned by Ivy, Eaten by Mosquitos...

Strictly speaking the point of this trip was neither, and didn't include any camping at all, as the goal was to attend a family reunion, for which hotel accommodations were arranged. However, some family members hit upon the idea of arranging a week's worth of camping in Peninusular State Park, Door County, WI, in front of the Green Bay reunion. Not being as organized, me & mine managed to meet up with them Wednesday night, and spend Thursday and Friday with them exploring the county. (Though we left Tuesday evening, skating into Indiana Dunes State park at 10:45pm, 15 minutes before it closed, we spent much of wednesday at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, which I enjoyed, but felt would be of little interest.)

Unlike other family members, who presumeably spent most of their memory or film and energy photographing distant cousins, I shot wildflowers instead at the various State Parks, some of which I show below. I am considerably indebted to my copyright ’68 Peterson Field Guides—Wildflowers of Northeastern/Northcentral North America for assistance in identifying many of these flowers, though of course any errors (and I'm sure there are plenty) are mine.


These pictures were shot at various places in Door county, WI, (most at Peninusla State Park, some also at Cana Island lighthouse and Whitefish Dunes state park or at van Riper state park in the UP. Peninsula state park, where we stayed, had some wonderful trails and beautiful flowers, though there is a great deal of poison ivy, so it behooves you to learn to recognize this somewhat variable native plant. Wisconsin state parks boast excellent online documentation, including complete maps of the trails I wandered over and lost my self on.

Van Riper, particularly the walking trails, were amply populated with hordes of mosquitos—even with long sleeves, long pants and bug spray they were still a problem on the damp-rocked trails (I should note, this was during the end of June on a 90deg plus day, perfect mosquito weather). The Old Wagon trail, which I did myself, unfortunately paralleled the highway for some of its length. The slippery rocks and hills on the northern loop of the River Trail, which all four of us did together made that hike moderately vigorous.