Weekend Recap: An Island Trek


1. My parents, Mary & Timm Johnson, were in town for a long weekend, so my husband Chris and I decided to play tourist with them on Saturday. Dad’s idea was a great one: we headed up to Washington Island where we rented mopeds from Annie’s Island Moped shop. After a brief test to make sure we could stop and start without falling, the nice people at Annie’s turned us loose and off we went.

2. After a quick stop at Fiddler’s Green for a snack and a drive-by of Schoolhouse Beach, we set our sights on the Jacobsen Museum. Here you see mom and Chris posing for a photo op, and me perusing artifacts inside.

3. A highlight at the museum: colorful rocks from around the peninsula and an old framed story by Roy Lukes describing Door County’s limestone formations.


4. A view of Little Lake, next to the museum. The lake is indeed little, and very tranquil – not a Jet-Ski in sight.

5. Next stop, the Stavkirke, a Scandinavian church. Here mom and dad took a moment to appreciate our own Old World heritage.

6. From there, we scooted a short distance to Fragrant Isle, one of two lavender shops on the island. Mom and I loaded up on lavender soap and other goods, while Dad and Chris admired the pristine field of lavender growing out back.

7. No trip to the island would be complete without a stop at Nelsen’s Hall for a hamburger. We skipped the Bitters shot, however; Bitters and mopeds don’t mix.

8. After Nelsen’s, we took the scenic way back to the ferry dock, pausing briefly to take in the view at Gibson’s Resort.


9. We traded our eight wheels in and went back to four, with Captain Chris at the helm.

10. Thank you mom, dad and Chris for the fun weekend, and thank you Washington Island for the hospitality. We’ll be back!