Bayfield, Wisconsin, a New England-feeling town located on the Lake Superior Shore, held its 49th annual Apple Fest this past weekend. Its population is only 611, but during this event it swells considerably. Dick and I increased the total by two.
We toured some of the many orchards surrounding Bayfield. My favorite was North Wind Organic Farm, a 110 acre wind and solar powered orchard and berry farm. I fell in love with the old... a handmade wooden cart used to transport apples from the orchard, a '52 International pickup, and a rickety shed. The property was void of noise... only the sounds of nature and the gentle warmth of the autumn sun.
Each day during the three-day event, the "Blue Canvas Orchestra" provided the most amazing music. We listened to their two hour set two days consecutively while eating the earth's best ice cream-topped apple tortes.
The only day we missed the show and apple tortes was when we rode the ferry to Madeline Island where we spent the day biking. Peace. Seldom did we meet a car. (I shot this post's top photo from the ferry that transported our bikes and us to Madeline Island.) We camped at the Dalrymple City Park just outside the Bayfield city limits. It was a short bike ride to downtown where the the Apple Fest was set up. We had a beautiful view of Lake Superior. In the photo's right side, you can see the front end of our pickup poking out from our campsite.