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Tales from the old-timer

In your own Backyard

By Jane Thibodeau Martin,

daughter of the Old-Timer



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I have been fortunate enough to do a fair amount of traveling for work or pleasure. I’ve been to Scotland, England, many Caribbean countries, Canada and Mexico. I’ve driven the entire West coast from Seattle to San Diego, and visited many states. It’s fun for me to think of the most beautiful places I’ve been lucky enough to see. I love the water, and you will see that reflected in my list.

The coast of Scotland is truly beautiful. My favorite island in the world is Anegada, with its undeveloped stunning beaches. Equally beautiful, although very developed, Elbow Cay has drawn me back three times. Batchawana Bay, in Canada, is a beautiful beach on a pristine bay of Lake Superior. My husband and I love the Florida Keys. Developed and touristy, but still an amazing vista in all directions of the ocean. My brother’s favorite, Copper Harbor on Lake Superior, with beautiful rock cobble beaches. And a slightly different kind of beauty in the deserts and mountains of New Mexico and Arizona.

All the same there are a few of my very favorite beautiful places very close to home. If you have never been to Dave’s Falls near Amberg, you must go. A short drive from Peshtigo, and the smell and sound of the water pounding over the rocks in the midst of the pine grove never fails to mesmerize me. Signs warn that no one should enter the water- and with good reason, as there are risks. But I have been in safe areas of that water for decades before the signs went up, and loved the contrast between the ice-cold water and the summer heat radiating off the rocky river wall.

There is a postcard worthy beach on Green Bay a short drive from Menominee, called Klienke Park. It’s not a fancy developed park, much to my taste, and the extensive shallow sandbar flats are ideal for small kids and dogs. The sand has a unique squeak to it, and no one will crowd you while you sit on the beach and contemplate the waves. It’s as nice as any island beach during Wisconsin’s brief summer season.

And for another taste of that unmistakable island feel find a boat ride to Chambers Island in the middle of Green Bay. It’s also blessed with a lovely sand beach, and it’s still underdeveloped, although in time I am sure that will change too. Walk the primitive road and find yourself wishing for a tiny simple cabin snugged under the trees to escape to.

It always reminds me, when I see these places, that you don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of money to enjoy a beautiful place. Much like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, you can click your heels and know there is no place like home.


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