Summer 2008 Lake Superior Cruise
01 August 2008 | Village of La Point, Madeline Island, WI
Village of La Pointe, Madeline Island, WI
After another round at Burt and Francies and the requisite tour of the art fair and trip to the fuel dock, the six of us were off to Madeline Island. Sailing has often been described as "the art of slowly going nowhere at great expense" and this certainly became the case as we stretched the 2.5 mile trip into two hours forty five minutes. Finally, we landed at The Madeline Island Yacht Club which really is a full service marine facility complete with travelift, well stocked chandlery and boat repair specialists; everything that a sailor could possibly need except laundry which was located ˝ mile into town, so we lugged the three large laundry bags down the road in the hot sun to the laundry mat where we spent $17.50 in quarters to get it all done.
While we were waiting, we went to Tom's Burnt Down Café, a bar that defies description so I've included that photo with this posting. Among other things, part of the "charm" of this place was the many slogans, sayings and other "words of wisdom" that are inscribed on the walls. After exploring the town a bit and seeing the historical museum, the boys and I went back to the boat to get the dinghy as there was a nice sand beach near the laundry mat. After a pizza dinner, we put Deanna's parents on the ferry back to Bayfield and returned to the boat via dinghy with clean laundry in tow.