Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Racine- America's Kringle Capital

We left Port Washington fairly early this morning, just as the sun was rising. We cruised right past Milwaukee, and saw the city skyline in the distance.

We arrived at Reefpoint Marina in Racine around noon. It is the largest marina we have been in so far.

Racine is billed as America's Kringle Capital--who knew? An authentic Danish kringle has 32 layers of flaky dough and a variety of fillings and takes 3 days to make. I know because I read this in the tourist brochure we picked up. Apparently kringle is Wisconsin's official state pastry-- I am not making this up. You can take a look at one of the kringle bakeries here,

Racine is also home of the SC Johnson company's global headquarters. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Johnson company administration building and research tower. Even more exciting to us is the fact that the Twin Disc company is located here-- they make boat transmissions, including ours! Mark remembers Racine as the HQ of J. I. Case, the brand of farm machinery his dad used to sell at Mather Implement.

Racine is also the home port of Beth and Dean, and their African Gray Parrot Ziggy, Gold Loopers. (gold meaning that they completed the Great Loop) Their boat, Kismet, is a sister ship to Mara Beel. Both are Ocean Alexanders built the same year. Theirs is a slightly different model than ours, but they look very similar. We were assigned a slip two boats away from them, and discovered that we have friends in common-- it IS a small world.

Dean and Beth

1 comment:

  1. So glad you ran into Dean & Beth - and Ziggy too I assume!
    While you're there, motor the dinghy over, or walk over to the docks backing up to the road by the Condos. Our friends Denny & Jean on Miss Jewell - 40' Tiara- would like to say HI.