Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Our visit to Wisconsin was brief but quite memorable. We left Minnesota and drove into Wisconsin until arriving in Bayfield, a very picturesque town right by Lake Superior. Now, if you love water, nature, and being able to visit different ecosystems in one single day, go to the Apostle Islands! It´s beautiful and peaceful, and there are endless things to do: hikes, boating, kayaking, swimming, and much more.

We went to the visitor center and decided to visit one of the nearby islands by taking a ferry and then baking 14 miles. The ferry ride was quick, the sunshine reflected on the still blue water and the wind played with our hair. Madeline, the island we visited, was quite the charm-small restaurants and local shops were lined up on both sides of the main street, a bakery and a bike rental shop completed the scenery. Since we had brought our own bikes, the 7 mile (one way) ride started. The small road took us deeper and deeper to the core of the island, passing by small farms, flowery fields and eventually by the shores of Superior. Finally we arrived in La Pointe; a small trail led us to the edges of dark colored cliffs. The rock formation was beautiful, and standing on the tip of the small cliff I could see through the crystal-clear water, boulders and fallen trees were on the bottom of the lake. We jumped off, and the water was so warm, the boulders were so smooth and we had to climb up the rocks to get back on the top of the cliff. One of the locals we befriended took us to see some sea caves. We swam edging the bottom of the cliffs ´walls, eventually looking up and seeing big trees hanging on the rocks, their branches reaching down as if they wanted to touch the water. The sea caves were really cool-some larger, some very small and others even had a second floor. We got to climb inside of them and walk around; a few had plants dangling from the “roof” like curtains.

We finished our day by having dinner on one of the restaurants and watching the Olympics.

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Sea Caves
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Cliff view from the water

 

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Cliff jumping

Next day I woke up not feeling very well, so I just laid on the beach and finished a book, meanwhile, my family went paddle boarding into other sea caves. They claimed it was even nicer than our previous adventure. The caves can be explored by kayaking or paddle boarding, but paddle boarding allows you to go deeper into the sea caves. Also, Bayfield is really nice to walk around. It offers good food and a park by the water to mellow(:

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Sea Caves

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Second day adventure

 

 

 

 

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