For Independence Day we loaded up the family and headed North to Madeline Island on Lake Superior. Madeline Island is the only one of the Apostle Islands that is permanently inhabited. It is also a great jumping off point for kayaking to the other islands. We caught the ferry in Bayfield, WI over to the island. (Cost is $24 per vehicle round trip plus $13 for each adult and $7 for children.) There are two campgrounds on the island – Big Bay State Park & Big Bay Town Park. The State Park was full so we stayed in the Town Park which has a nice pebble beach great for beach combing and a hiking trail. Beware - the campground has no showers, or flush toilets. The state park is much cleaner and has full bathrooms and showers, as well as a large nice sandy beach and a nice hiking trail. On the 4th we headed to Madeline Island’s School of the Arts for their annual Kite Making class. This totally free workshop was a great, fun activity for the kids and parents alike. We also got to see a variety of cool kite designs, as well as a collection of photos taken from a remote camera flown by kites. After making kites we headed outside to fly them on the beautiful Arts Center property. The center also has a variety of art classes throughout the year. After lunch at Grandpa Tony’s we hung out on the Main Street for the parade which was a fun, eclectic celebration. Madeline Island is like stepping into a bit of Americana.