31 July 2007 | Baddeck, Cape Breton, NS
Meeting Friends, Baddeck, July 31,posting #20
These last couple of days in Baddeck have contained lovely meetings with old friends. Along with the joys of discovering new areas, comes the feeling of wanting to share it with people we know. Part of that happens with our sailing companions; part through this blog; but it is especially fun to meet up with people in person so we can not only share our experiences, but also hear about theirs.
We had a couple of those opportunities here. We knew that Leigh and Phil Gertler from our home yacht club were doing a car trip to the Maritimes, and sure enough, as I looked up from my favourite seat at the Waters Edge Café on Monday morning, there was Mary, with Leigh at her side! Soon Phil and Blair and Jim joined us and we had a wonderful time of catching up on all the news from Trident Yacht Club as well as hearing about their favourite spots as they traveled up the South Shore of Nova Scotia to Halifax. We'll be sure to check out their "must see" places.
Later in the day, we moved to an anchorage a bit further into Baddeck Bay - in the same protected little harbour that Alexander Graham Bell used as a testing tank for many of his experiments. There, we were delighted to see Moon River looking just magnificent with Nova Scotia and Cape Breton flags fluttering smartly atop the mizzen mast (the second one on a two masted boat).
It just POURED rain that evening so our visit had to wait till the next day. We sent many grateful thoughts in the direction of Keebles canvas shop in Belleville that evening. Steve (their extremely talented canvas man) had custom fitted our cockpit enclosure last season and although it has proven its worth many times already, it sure paid for itself that night, as we sat comfortably in the cockpit sharing food and drink with Pam and Gary (of Atlantic Star) while the rain beat down overhead.
Next morning, we dinghied over to Moon River and caught up on the trip that Jennifer, Gratton, and John - their current crew member - are having. The last time we saw Gratton up close was as he serenaded us out of Iroquois Marine with a jaunty little tune on his harmonica! We caught glimpses of him here and there with various crew members aboard, but this was the first time for a real conversation. They send their best wishes to all the Iroquois gang!
Getting to know these two lovely people was a significant silver lining in the shed shuffle and scrape/sand/paint dance we were doing in the spring. We had several delays in our schedule due to a number of events, but through conversation and generous loaning of their tools, we were able to work out a plan with Jennifer and Gratton. It was a treat to see the beautiful new galley that they were having installed back when we were trying to find a time to roll on our foul smelling bottom paint, and (although they didn't specifically say it) I'm sure they were pleased to know that our bottom is very nicely watertight and barnacle protected!