Mr. Skipah is taking the night off and handing the keys to the car to awesome photo/travel blogger One Teacher’s Journey West for the evening. Pssst……………..longtime readers may also know her as Miss Madison.
Miss Madison here with my perspective of our recent vacation in Door County. I’d like to fill everyone in on the history of my family vacation spot (since I’m a history teacher after all). My great grandparents, Glenn and Lois Dunmore started building what we have dubbed “the Cottage” in the late 1930s. (They called it Dunmovin’, because that’s where they retired–they were done moving.) My great grandmother actually designed it herself, including an addition that more than doubled its size in 1943 and the screened porch that was not added until the late 1990s. My great grandfather cut the pine trees himself that were used as beams in the bedrooms.
The Cottage has become a special place and a labor of love for many generations of my family. My grandmother visited Door County most years of her life, my mother has visited the Cottage almost every year of her life, I have carried on the tradition, and now my children are the fifth generation to enjoy this family retreat. Let me say, it is nothing fancy, especially compared to many properties in Door County, but it is comfortable enough. And the best part—it is right on the water with a view out the picture window of Green Bay. As my mom says, “Other things change throughout our lives, but the Cottage is the one constant we can depend on.” Needless to say, we have many annual traditions that we look forward to every year like visiting the over-priced candy store, throwing rocks in the water at Aunt Maddie’s (a spot on the water near where my great-great aunt had a house back in the day), playing mini golf, taking the fishing boat out for a spin, and playing board games and card games in the evenings. (My Trivial Pursuit record on this trip stands at 1 win, 1 draw and don’t even get me started on Pictionary. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed so hard! Gary is quite the artist!)
One of the best parts of going to the Cottage is bringing new people to share it with us. I love seeing it all for the first time through someone else’s eyes and sharing all the stories with them. Even better, when those new people are your awesome boyfriend and his adorable daughter. The greatest thing about this most recent visit was all the new places we explored. I was driven down roads I’d never been down, viewed lighthouses I’d never noticed before, and saw new views of Lake Michigan. It made this familiar vacation spot feel like a new adventure.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the week.