07/29/2007, Gore BayM
After running a few more errands, we got out of the slip here in Gore Bay at about 10 am and moved over to the service dock to top off our fuel tank and pump out our holding tank. We decided to stay in the area one more day to take part in their community festival which consisted of an all day concert (and all night) and a fish fry. Also some friends for A-Dock (Crosswinds Marina) are renting boats here for a week or so and we hope to say hi to them before they take off tomorrow. After anchoring in the bay and listening to the concert for awhile we took the dingy to the store and walked to town.
The fish fry was excellent and the music was exceptionally good for being in the middle of nowhere.
After dinner we found our friends.... Chatted with Pat, Joann, Rick, Lynn, and Bev then spent a little time harassing John while he was attempting to load up their boat. On the way back to the boat we stopped at "Startin' Monday" , a boat identical to ours, for a couple of glasses of wine with our new friends Tom and Carol.
Tomorrow we are heading north and will begin working our way east next week toward Little Current, Bay Fine and Kilarney . By talking to folks here we have learned about some great anchorages to the east and in the northern portion of the Georgian Bay.
07/28/2007, Gore Bay
We spent another day in Gore Bay. We went out for lunch for Mike's birthday to the Rocky Raccoon Café, where they have Indian food. It was very good. They didn't have peach pie, but Mike had pecan pie with homemade ice cream. It was served so nicely I wished I'd had the camera to take a picture. We went to the farmer's market, which was more of a craft show, where we bought some garlic. We also went to the grocery store.
We spent much of the morning meeting and talking to people. We talked to the people on the boat like ours with the green stripe, "Celtic Song", before they left. Bernie and Jeanna from "Das Boot", a 47 foot Vagabond came in and talked to us. They are from Muskegon. They told us about the farmer's market and the Manitoulin Island garlic-best they ever tasted, which is why we had to buy some. Then Tom and Carol from the boat like ours exactly, "Startin' Monday" came over and we chatted with them. We also went out to their boat later and then met up with them on shore. They are from Bayfield, Ontario where these boats were built.
The Mackinaw to Manitoulin to Little Current ended here yesterday, so the place was hopping! They are just leaving to finish the second leg of the race (to Little Current) now. Mike has taken the dinghy out to watch the start.
There is supposed to be entertainment here today for the festival, so we'll see what goes on. If the internet time we paid for ends, this will be our last posting for a day or two at least.
Happy Birthday Mike and Carrie!
07/27/2007, Gore Bay
Here we are in Gore Bay again. We got a slip today and were parked next to a couple that had to be in their 80's on an old sail boat that could almost be termed a tall ship. Mike says it was a 39 foot boat, with a 12 foot bow pulpit (so, technically 51feet long). It was gaff rigged (look it up) and had 4 sails. They were having something fixed and left after it was done. We wonder if they bought it new?
We did lots of walking today. We went to town and back several times, and brought the camera once and walked on the boardwalk to a little lookout platform that was very shaky, (Mike says worse than any deer hunting platform he ever had). We took some pictures of the bay and may post some, but we haven't looked at them yet. We are two boats away from "Celtic Song", another Bayfield 40 that we passed while traveling several day ago. On the way home from town once, I noticed that we were anchored in the harbor!! It was actually another Bayfield 40 in the same colors as our boat. In our 4 ˝ summers on this boat, we have only seen one other boat like ours, only with a green stripe like "Celtic Song", so it is strange for us to be in the same harbor with 2.
Gore Bay is a smallish town, but has just about everything one needs. There are a couple of hardware stores, a decent grocery store that allows you to bring their carts to the marina, some drug stores, a laundromat, and a couple of clothing and art stores. It is not far to walk from the marina, or when we were anchored out we just pulled up to shore in the marina area. There is a festival here this weekend, maybe we'll stick around, or maybe we'll head out.