Ho Hum day
08/01/2007, Eagle Island
We left Gore Bay with hopes of sailing, but the wind died and we motored on flat, calm water to Eagle Island, only 16 miles away. We arrived around noon, had lunch and then had kind of a lazy day, mostly reading. I did start a second layer of wax in the cockpit. We'd like to get at least three coats on to keep it looking nice. It was really hot, so I worked in the shady spot where there was a nice breeze. We had a delicious dinner of steak, broccoli, cucumbers and onions in sour cream, roasted Manitoulin Island garlic and bread.
There is a large harbor here and we can see other islands and the La Cloche Mountain Range in the distance. We might not actually call these mountains, but the Canadians do. The shore of this island, like many others, is wooded and rocky. We did not go to shore and explore, but Mike did try fishing. He caught some small-mouth bass and threw them back. I guess this was a pretty uneventful day!
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.