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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.
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.