After driving around 4-5 hours, we stopped at a rest area for some time so that kids could have lunch and some rest as well. Our destination was only few miles from this rest area so we spent some time relaxing, talking and eating our lunch...too late na.
We reached the resort around 5ish in the evening, our 2 bedroom flat was great, there was a sign board "welcome Tyagi family" by the resort staff, obviously it pleased us, more than that, we were pleased by a TT (table tennis) facility, Before having dinner at Pizza hut (kids favourite place) we played many games along the bay side. We planned for the next day to go for boating and to visit a state park near by for some hiking and biking fun. There are 3-4 state parks in the door county and if you are driving, get the $10 car parking sticker, so that you can park your car in any of the state park whole day, but i am sure you can not cover all state parks in a day, its always advisable to stick to a one state park and do all activities there. This links gives you the link to various state parks in Door county area -
We went to Potawatomi State Park, where we enjoyed the boating with kids and friends in the Sturgeon Bay, We enjoyed view of entire bay area from the 75 foot scenic observation tower, I could not go till end, may be due to I scare on height or I was scary because of kids, Nikunj was too happy as he was climbing through. We thought of going to some other place but as the we were along the lake, it was getting cold in the evening so we enjoyed playing TT again. We went to bed quite late as we were busy playing the cards even after the midnight. Nikunj's bike could not fit into my car, and I assumed that I can get some bike on rent for him in door county, But as we could not get a bike for him there so we did not bike there, but believe me its one of the best place for biking and hiking trails throughout the state parks.
This is good place for fishing fans, if you like fishing, this place is a must go. The best state park among others are Peninsula State Park, and Washington island, we could not go there due to shortage of time but choose them over other state parks. There are some good light houses to visit too.
Next morning we thought going to Peninsula state parks, it was around 30-40 miles from the place where we were stayed, there was a place called 'The farm' along our way, The ticket price is $8 for adults and $4 for kids, Nikunj and my friend's daughter Ashu enjoyed this place, they fed milk to baby goats and sheep (i guess you call them kid). They hugged them and enjoyed having those babies in their lap. Nikunj enjoyed sitting on tractor, it was a farm where you see all farm animals, from horse to sheep, goat, rooster, cats, farmers place, barn etc to name a few. There were trails to walk if you have time.
We were hungry again but as we were driving through there was no restaurant or gas station along, it was true village side driving where you don't see any thing but farms/lands. Luckily we found a place which we initially thought will not be a good place to have out brunch (lunch + breakfast) but they had really nice menu for breakfast, we ate there pancakes etc and then we saw Michigan lake in the back yard of that restaurant, the view was awesome, romantic and scenic. We stayed there for sometime as Nikunj and Ashu were playing with sand...But again as you are on Michigan lake, you feel what ...cold again so we thought let's move but by then we did not have energy to go to the other state park so we thought lets cover the Horse riding place and then head back to home, I wanted nikunj to sit and ride the horse for long time and when I had choice to go there, I could not stop myself, Nikunj had great fun at the place called "Kurtz Corral".
They charge $25 for 15-20 minutes for kids ride, for adult they have different charges where you can take your choice of horse to the trails/farms for an hour or an extended period. I guess you can find more information at - http://www.kurtzcorral.com/randr.htm, we took the Arena ride.
We had to head back to home but I wanted to cover some more, so we decided to visit the dairy farm where you can see cow milking and again farms, and you can eat the ice cream made from pure milk :) nothing new for me as I come from a village in India and have tasted more pure things than that, but being in America, it was fun to be there at farm. They had hundreds of cows and its matter of few minuted to milk all of them. I think at a time they can milk 30-40 cows and it took them only 10 minutes. All cows joined joined their milking station and then one guy cleaned them and put the machine which will get the milk out in few minutes, and then this batch of cow goes out and other comes in, this process is repeated until all of them. I found it inhuman, may be its sympathy or emotional feeling about our symbolic mother Cow, whatever you say !! Enjoy this place through their website - http://www.dairyview.com/
and then we headed back home and after 5-6 hours of driving reached Aurora around 9:30 PM on Sunday night.
See more photos at - http://picasaweb.google.com/ramkumartyagi/DoorCountyTrip2009?feat=directlink
Hope you enjoyed the ride to door county too !!