Every year for the last 60 years, my family has visited a place called Alpine in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. It’s a quiet place, right on Lake Michigan. My grandfather took his kids there, including my mom, when they were young. Since then, it has become a family tradition and every summer, our whole family visits. My aunts, uncles, grandparents all come together and spend a week there.
Because my family is so big, I rent a five-bedroom house on the water. My grandparents own a house just down the street from it, about four blocks away. The house my grandparents bought is a big, four-bedroom home that is set back in the woods. It’s nice and secluded and although we have neighbors close to us, the thick trees keep us all separated.
I have been going to Egg Harbor as long as I can remember. Now that my twin brother, Bobby, has a daughter, he has started bringing my niece, Andi, along. There’s lots of family friendly activities. The Egg Harbor Fun Park has everything you need to keep families and kids entertained. We like to play mini golf and drive go karts. This year, we took Andi to a petting zoo.
One of the great things about visiting Alpine is getting to spend time on the golf course. One of the holes is at the top of a bluff. You take your swing and send the ball right off a cliff towards the green below.
If you aren’t into golf, there’s plenty of other things you can do! Check out the beach or visit one of Door County’s many wineries. My family and I often do wine and cheese tastings, visit breweries or go shopping.
What I love most about the area is that we have friendships formed with other people who vacation in Egg Harbor. The friends we made 20-30 years ago are still coming to Egg Harbor and bringing their own families. It’s really cool to see the different generations spending time together in this special place we all love. I’m confident that we will keep the tradition going for years to come.
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.