Well folks, the time has come for the residents of Madeline Island to gain true freedom from the life of living on an island. The ice road from Madeline Island to Bayfield has been declared “open.” What is this ice road? If you haven’t heard of this, it is simply the path that the Ferry would normally take in the summer, but it is frozen enough that cars and “small” trucks are able to come and go as they please. Yep, driving on ice. While many may find this as a crazy practice, those who live on Madeline Island cherish these few weeks a year when they are truly free to travel as they please and not at the schedule of a boat or windsled.
What does that mean for those of us who live on the mainland? Plenty. Many of you may have hiked through Big Bay State Park during the beautiful Summer or Fall months, but have you seen it while snow and ice covered? The State Park is a whole different world at this time of year. The quiet and peace will take your breath away. Since the mainland ice caves are not accessible this year, take advantage of the views from the rocks and cliffs of this location. Chances are you’ll even see some open water from this side of the island! Imagine that… you drove across this same lake just a few miles to the west. It truly is a magical place.
Once you have explored to your heart’s content, be sure to stop by the Bell Street Tavern or the Island’s coffee shop for a little warm up before heading back over to Bayfield. There is plenty of quiet and peace on Madeline at this time of year, but truth be told, many of us are looking for just that. A little peace and quiet.
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