Sense of Place – The Perfect Travel Itinerary
By: Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director, Friends of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Photo: Jeff Rennicke
Until It Hardly Matters At All
Foreigners come here … one day, sometimes two.
It is my heart’s desire to show them everything in one day, sometimes two.
Pulling maps from cabinets, running here, pointing there,
Always searching for hats and shoes and gloves, I lose my mind.
I take them to witness the clear speckled trout
That drift in the headwaters of Eighteen Mile Creek.
The trout are never there.
We go to be in awe of the floe ice
Smashed high against the red rocks of the Apostles.
The wind has taken the ice halfway to Canada.
Nothing is in its place. The maps lie.
Familiar roads turn into lost lanes, strange looks.
When the foreigners leave, they think that I am mad.
And it seems that I am,
For as they go, the ice comes back from Canada,
The partridge begin to drum by the enormous spring holes,
The trout swim out into the open unafraid.
All this happens
And I become consoled and grow less heartsick
Until it hardly matters at all what I can show to anyone,
In one day, sometimes two.
How would you design the perfect itinerary for a visit to show off what you love most about Brickyard Creek, the Apostle Islands, and the surrounding area? How would you fill your given “one day, sometimes two”? The sky is the limit. Money is no object. The only caveat is your guests will only be here one day, perhaps two.
Open the Itinerary form to design and share your perfect itinerary and explain your choices.