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The tip of Wisconsin's 'thumb'
  

Charlie's Smokehouse in Gills Rock had a deli-like counter displaying a wide variety of smoked fish. I bought a small container of a salmon and whitefish spread, a packet of saltine crackers, a bottle of water, and a cup of coffee and enjoyed the breakfast sitting on warm concrete steps back at the marina. Small boats came and left. Seagulls orbited while fishermen cleaned their morning catch.

 

From Gills Rock, I crossed the bay, rounded the northwest corner of Door Peninsula (Wisconsin's 'thumb'), and chased the breeze south. Much of the shoreline consisted of white limestone cliffs with high-dollar homes perched upon them overlooking the vast blue expanse of Green Bay. Most had sturdy wooden stairs leading to rocky shores below; one, a spiral stairway.

The Yacht Works Marina
I bypassed the deep bay leading into Ellison and took a direct open-water steer to its far point - about four miles. Reaching that wooded  shore, I eased the Klepper onto green moss-covered rocks and got out to walk around and stretch my legs which were beginning to cramp in the tight cockpit. In heavier seas, they would get plenty of exercise kicking the rudder pedals but the voyage south was smooth. Seven-and-a-half hours after leaving Detroit Harbor, I glided into the Yacht Works Marina at Sister Bay and reunited with the Apres Ski and crew. 

 

After a cold beer and buffalo wings from JJ's Restaurant, I walked to the Liberty Garden Lodge. A desk clerk confirmed the No Vacancy sign out front. The sympathetic clerk phoned a half-dozen other motels to no avail. With the busy Labor Day weekend, every room in Sister Bay was taken and there were no campgrounds along the lake. My only option was to paddle out to Horseshoe Island, another four miles distant.

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The tip of Wisconsins thumb
The tip of Wisconsin's 'thumb'
The Yacht Works Marina
The Yacht Works Marina
Sister Bay
photo by: jkbopb