From Derge County Park, we headed northwest through Randolph, Wisconsin, up to State Route 30. We took SR 30 west to Portage, WI where we then took I-39/U.S. 51 north. I drove most of the way on I-39 until Wausau, WI and the driving was great! Not much traffic, perfect weather and a beautiful drive. The fall colors are close to their peak.
|Lots of windmills across the countryside|
Our destination for two nights was Lynn Ann's Campground on Big St. Germain Lake.
|Site #63 at Lynn Anne's Campground, St. Germain, WI|
As soon as we unhooked and set up the 5th wheel, we took off to explore St. Germain, Sayner and Plum Lake. You see, Bob had quite a few relatives who lived in Plum Lake, WI years ago. In fact, one of his relatives, a grandfather, I think, built a resort called, The Woodlands on Plum Lake. We wanted to find it and Plum Lake Golf Course where his dad worked as a caddy while in high school.
First off, we drove around St. Germain to get a feel for the town; found the grocery store, the Visitor Info Center/Chamber of Commerce and SR 155 to Sayner. It was late afternoon so we made the seven-mile drive north to Sayner and poked around.
Did you know that the first snowmobile was made in Sayner, WI? You can find out all you ever wanted to know about this area at Vilas Historical Museum in Sayner. The museum was closed for the day but would re-open the next morning. Guess where we'll be tomorrow?
|History of the snowmobile|
|Paul Bunyan and Babe in front of Vilas Historical Museum|
The country doctor has played a vital role in the history of Wisconsin's great Northwoods. Among the giants of the breed was Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb, who is remembered as "The Angel on Snowshoes" for her dedication in reaching patients when the winter roads were impassable.
A physician with a dream, Dr. Kate spear-headed a movement to build a hospital in tiny Woodruff. The lowly penny became a symbol of the project when local students sought to collect a million of them for Dr. Kate's hospital. The absurdity of it all, a humble Northwoods doctor and school kids collecting pennies to build a hospital, captured the imagination of the American people and the world. Donations of pennies came in from every state along with many foreign nations.
To preserve this moment when the dedication of one woman with a sense of community made the country cheer, the Dr. Kate Museum was created [in Woodruff, WI] in 1988.
From Sayner, we drove to the nearby community of Plum Lake. On the way to the golf course, we spotted a flock of wild turkeys.
|View from Plum Lake Golf Club|
|Looking across Plum Lake|
|Back porch of Plum Lake Golf Club. Beautiful spot!|
|Plum Lake Town Offices|
|Very nice benches in front of Town Offices|
|DJ's Northwoods Family Restaurant|
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