Bayfield has a unexpected boom this year due to the Polar Vortex. You can walk to the Sea Caves this year. Thousands are coming to the area to do just that. It's a influx of tourists not normally seen in February. Motels are full, restaurants are busy. The Chamber of Commerce said it's a 5 million dollar boom. There are visitors from all over the world. Word of mouth and postings on Social Media are fueling the interest. Stories on the Weather Channel and Nightly News. Pictures in Newspapers around the Midwest. The above shot taken by the National Park Service shows just hundreds of people treking to and from the caves. I did the trek in the 90's and it was never like this!
We have some real gems right in our own backyard.
For the first time since 1996 Lake Superior is mostly frozen. Just a section along the Minnesota North shore remains open. The Sea Caves north of Bayfield are getting great attention this year in the news. I've even seen them featured on the Weather Channel and the National News. We have these gems right in Wisconsin's backyard. Now the outside world is seeing them too and maybe even making special trips to Bayfield.