This week we are in Bayfield, Wisconsin getting a lesson in patience from Lake Superior. We came with the intention of paddling kayaks along the Apostle Island National Lakeshore to the caves carved out of the sandstone cliffs. Just our luck, today the Great Northern Sea was charcoal gray and waves out on the open lake were topping 11 feet. A 1000-foot ore ship took shelter behind Madeline Island. The temperature was about 52, tops, and the sky came down on us with varying intensity, from a mist to a downpour.
But Bayfield has more to offer than water adventures. We drove around a bit to see some of the orchards and berry farms, and everywhere up here the lupines are in bloom. But it wasn’t until we came upon an entire field of them that we decided to stop for photos. Peung and I had to jump across a ditch partly filled with water and climb a short embankment to get to the flowers. Standing in the midst of them we were overwhelmed by the fragrance and the colors spread out before us — bright purples, blues and a bit of pink — actually felt uncomfortable on the eye under the sullen skies, like it was physically demanding to look at it at first. Really impressive. We shot tons of photos, shielding the lenses from an intermittent sprinkle and soaking our shoes a bit. While we weren’t able to get out on the waters, we can’t say the day was lost.
(See more Wisconsin Wildflowers on The Mad Traveler)