I’m going to go back in time, and talk to you about our incredible 2 months road trip that took place in the US during summer 2013. We’ve explored different places, but let’s start by something a bit off the beaten-paths… a road trip around one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Lakes !
For the ones who have missed the first part : A road trip around lake Michigan : Exploring Milwaukee.
We left Milwaukee, very happy and relaxed, and drove accross Wisconsin ! We were really surprised to see so many cherry orchards around. It’s a real business over there, and I’ve read that a mechanical cherry shaker can harvest 60 to 100 trees in one hour. Can you imagine that ?! We stopped at a roadside stand where cherries were ready and available for picking ;-) We walked through the orchards, tasted delicious cherries and bought some from a lovely lady. All the people we’ve met in Wisconsin were really chatty and friendly !
With our cherry supplies, we drove to Cave point County park in Sturgeon Bay. The waves were crashing against the dolomite rocks and we spent quite a long time looking at them, it was kind of therapeutic :-) There was also an old guy swimming around, and it looked like he was going to drown. Was kind of scary. The lake at that moment looked like a rough sea instead of a peaceful lake, and then you realised that the Great lakes are nothing like other lakes you’ve encountered before. It’s so powerful. When we walked on the sandy beach nearby, we spot so many tiny dead fishes on the shore of the lake. It was really strange. We learnt later that it was alewives, an invasive species that wasn’t originally designed for the cold waters of the Great Lakes. They have been polluting the beaches of lake Michigan every summer for almost 50 years.
Not so far away, you have the Whitefish Dunes State Park and we decided to have a quick look. At the entrance, a park ranger told us it was the biggest dune of Wisconsin, so we got tempted and paid the admission fee to the State Park. Somehow, it was the the most disappointing dune ever… To be honest, we were expecting something else.. like seeing an actual dune ! Which we didn’t. There was a little hill made of sand, that’s it. But the walk was nice :-)
On our way back to Green Bay, where we’ve decided to spend the night, I spot a name on the map that really drew my attention : Namur. I’m originated from Namur in Belgium, and I was curious to see what the Namur in Wisconsin looked like ! On our way to Namur, we stopped in Brussels, had a drink in a pub and chatted with some locals that explained to us that it was indeed a community of Belgians immigrates that founded the town. They were really happy to have a Belgian amongst them and they even showed me an interesting book about the history of their town.
They recommend us to have dinner at the Belgian delight, and we had the best chicken of our trip at over there !!! At that moment, I was really proud of being Belgian :D