October 10th, 2004
|08:18 pm - Home again|
Yep, I'm home. I arrived a couple of hours ago, just threw a load of clothes in the laundry, and finally feel like settling down to post in my journal.
I don't, actually. I feel like laying down for awhile, maybe taking some kind of coma-inducing cold medicine. I was fine until I got here, and then it hit me. I don't know what "it" is, but it feels a lot like what happened to me last Sunday. My guess is that it's just the normal fatigue that accompanies a disruption in my sleep schedule. I'll get a good night's sleep and wake up tomorrow bright-eyed and uh, well, bright-eyed, and ready for work.
Anyway, the weekend in Door County was great. Not particularly relaxing, but that wasn't really the plan. We visited several museums and galleries and a community festival in Egg Harbor. I believe the signs told us we were at the Pumpkin Patch Festival, but there were so few actual pumpkins in sight that it may have been a typo. I wish I could write a more detailed account of the trip, but just now my head hurts and I want to do something else. So: Trees = pretty. Waterfront = pretty. Anybody who knows where Door County is also knows that these are the things you go there for, so I'm not going to dwell on them.
I will, however, discuss the food and accomodations. We stayed at the Chal-A Motel which I'd never heard of, either. Booking a hotel for this time of year in Door County is something you have to do far in advance, and we didn't actually make the reservation until late August. Between Ellen and I, we called around eighteen hotels before finding one that was available, and that one was Chal-A which is just outside of Sturgeon Bay. Others were either full or taking reservations for a minimum stay of three nights. Chal-A was only asking $66/night plus tax, which was less than half of the next cheapest (three night) stay, so I took it. I was a little worried about what I'd be paying for, but it was fine. Think Motel 6. All we wanted was a place to sleep, so that was fine. I've payed more to stay in tackier places.
As in any tourist area, food in Door County is in good supply. Friday night we had dinner at Perry's Cherry Diner in downtown Sturgeon Bay, where I've been previously. Everything there is very good, but I really only bring it up so that I can quote Twin Peaks and tell you that the cherry pie "is worth a stop." So's the cherry smoothie. Yeah, we ate a lot of cherries. That's kind of what you do in Door County. Also worth checking out is Al Johnson's Restaurant, better known as "that one place with the goats on the roof." Incredibly large portions of Swedish food, served with limpa and lingonberries. I bought a Viking helmet because Ellen says it makes me look sexy.
All the coffee was mediocre.
Anyway, what else? As I said, we checked out the museums, where I filled Ellen's head with nonsense ("See that thing there? It's a commercially-unsuccessful attempt at wedding a camera and an accordion. It didn't sell well though because there just weren't many music-loving photographers, proving that all the real Renaissance men were gone by the the time the Victorian Age rolled around."). We went to an art fair, and an art gallery where the docents were asking everyone to sign their real names in the guestbook, and not something obscene. We also took a rather expensive carriage ride. We had a good weekend.
CONFIDENTIAL TO evil_jim: Um, can't you read? This is for Jim only. Anyway Jim, a package was waiting for me when I got home. Guess what was in it? That's right, your Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath soundtrack has arrived. You owe me $11.50. I've listened to my copy, and I think you'll be very pleased with it.
Current Mood: sore
Current Music: Cyoahka Grace O'Manion -- Nightgaunts