Touring Door County: Southern Door

I had meant to explore southern Door County Sunday after church, but the wind was so cold I put it off for today.  I was mostly on a mission to find some of the Belgian roadside chapels, but we made some other stops too.

As we were headed south I saw a sign that said “The Amish Corner”.  I’m a sucker for anything Amish, so we stopped and had a look.

The real thing.  You can tell these are hand quilted because if the spacing of the stitches.

The real thing. You can tell these are hand quilted because of the spacing of the stitches.  They’re also imperfect because only God is perfect.

I saw several houses of an interesting structure.  I took a picture of an apparently abandoned house in this style:

Whitewashed brick two story house.

Whitewashed brick two story house.

Further down the road we came to a place called “The Garden Door”.  I had seen a brochure about it so we stopped.  It’s a public garden tucked in behind university research buildings having to do with agriculture.  If it weren’t for the sign out front you would never know this charming garden is here.

Entrance to The Garden Door

Entrance to The Garden Door

At first I thought this was just an interesting flower pot, but Mark peered through one of the "telescopes" and discovered it's actually a kaleidoscope.

At first I thought this was just an interesting flower pot, but Mark peered through one of the “telescopes” and discovered it’s actually a kaleidoscope.

This is what the pansies looked like through one kaleidoscope.

This is what the pansies looked like through one kaleidoscope.

This is what they looked like through the other.

This is what they looked like through the other.

A miniature scene

A miniature scene…I had to get down on my knees to take this shot.

A stone castle

A stone castle

A battle on the stone castle

A battle on the castle wall

Green

Green heart

This is a human sun dial.  You stand on the name of the month with your hands pointed over your head and your shadow falls where the time is labeled on a brick.

This is a human sun dial. You stand on the name of the current month with your hands pointed over your head and your shadow falls where the time is labeled on one of the bricks.

The wind chimes in this garden cupola were peaceful.

The wind chimes in this garden cupola were peaceful.

We finally made it to Sturgeon Bay and stopped in at the Door County Visitor Center because I knew I had seen a brochure there for the Belgian roadside chapels.

What an inviting Visitor Center!

What an inviting Visitor Center!  Don’t you just want to sit in one of the rockers on the front porch?

We finally reached southern Door County, but we had trouble finding our way around. Yes, the brochure we’d picked up showed where all the Belgian Chapels were located, but the printing was so faint we couldn’t see the names of the roads on the map.  We had a map of southern Door County, but it didn’t show where the chapels were.  We finally made it to Namur (pronounced Nuh-MOOR) and found a couple of the Belgian roadside chapels.

On Pleasant Ridge Rd.

On Pleasant Ridge Rd.

On County Rd C

On County Road C

We also found some more barn quilts:

One

One

Two

Two

Three

Three

Four

Four

Mark took us back a way he had taken by motorcycle yesterday along the bay of Green Bay and we saw some beautiful scenery:

Trees reflected in a sunny marsh

Trees reflected in a sunny marsh

Deep marshy woods

Deep marshy woods

From a park en route

From a park en route

Geese leaving a wake

Geese leaving a wake

Dusk is setting in

Dusk is setting in

A fireboat tour

A fireboat tour

A wide sweeping sky

A wide sweeping sky…

...And a soft sunset

…And a soft sunset

Limestone cliffs

Limestone cliffs

 

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