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Leaving Sister Bay
  

I had looked forward to a night of partying onshore but the lack of accommodations shifted that desire to one of seeking shelter. I should have done a little research and called ahead for a reservation. It was after 5:30 and the sun was getting low when I set out from Sister Bay. Horseshoe Island blended somewhere into the distant Eagle Harbor Point which I aimed for, just visible on the southern horizon. The island would appear as I got closer. I put the boat into an aggressive overdrive by paddling fierce and deliberate. With its rubber-bottom boat skin, the Klepper has more drag than plastic or fiberglass kayaks. Those sleek hulls have greater speed which would be handy for racing darkness to find the unfamiliar island. I was only able to hold a four-mile-per-hour pace for short bursts.

 

 About a hundred yards out, a small craft approached.

The final mile to Horseshoe Island
Bruce, on the Apres Ski's Honda powered dinghy, came out to collect my phone whose battery had gone low to put a charge on it for me. Besides using it to call-in my progress to the Gladstone Yacht Club each night, I would need the cel if I encounter an emergency while crossing the open waters of Green Bay. About an hour later, as I approached Horseshoe Island, he returned with the charged phone. We tied a rope to the Klepper and I kicked back to follow Bruce the final mile with my rudder. He pointed out a fine camping spot on the small island and I paddled to shore.

 

I quickly had the kayak unloaded and my tent set up. As darkness fell, I enjoyed an MRE of rice, beans, and sausage with a cup of hot chocolate. The popping and thunder of unseen fireworks at Sister Bay rolled-in the night. Stars were brilliant. A mile to the south, near the outer point of Eagle Harbor, dozens of anchored sailboats glittered on Nicolet Bay, their white lights reflecting in the water. Several power boats with only running lights visible churned black waters. Three power boat families who were docked near my camp invited me to their campfire - crackling warm below a 'No Fires' and 'No Camping' sign.

TRE69 says:
So much excitement and breaking the "law" too! Great blog entry!
Posted on: Jun 09, 2009
alyssa_ob says:
sounds like a fun adventure! I love Door County!
Posted on: Sep 10, 2008
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Leaving Sister Bay
Leaving Sister Bay
The final mile to Horseshoe Island
The final mile to Horseshoe Island
View west with Chambers Island on …
View west with Chambers Island on…
Sailboats on Nicolet Bay
Sailboats on Nicolet Bay
Horseshoe Island
photo by: rotorhead85