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08/04/2007, Britt-on the Bying Inlet
We started out yesterday and went out about 3 miles and turned around and came back. Mike called and said we'd been out for a nice boat ride and could we come back in to the marina. They said, "Sure, just pull into your slip." I worked on sewing another section of our sun shade and cleaned the boat. Sometimes it's good to have a day when you're not traveling.
We had a nice chat with 3 other couples who are all Bayfield owners. While we were chatting, a car pulled up in the parking lot and opened their trunk. Tim from "Mutual affair" jumped up and asked for his billfold. Lynne said they didn't need anything, but he just had to go. We found that the woman in the car sells baked goods from her trunk and he came back with some nice looking muffins.
We had a nice walk this morning and will be getting around to leave soon.
We had wind!
Mike and Kathy-Weather still great!
08/03/2007, Britt, Ontario
8/2/07 St. Amants Marina in Britt
Ok...When we type this stuff up every night we have the option to disallow comments and it was our full intent to take advantage of that particular button. Unfortunately, Kathy has been submitting things on the fly as we pass a wireless areas and has, on occasion, not remembered to ban you guys. Tonight , after explaining to Jan Egbert that she couldn't make comments because we didn't want them, I took the time to go back and read what folks have had to say...
Esther...We entertain ourselves
Jeff...I know Crosby, Stills and Nash
Dan...It wasn't the only one. Did you need help to make the smiley face?
All birthday wishes are duly noted...Thanks
Anyway, we are hereby backing off the no comments stance because we miss most of you guys. Just don't take advantage of situation. Sometimes we barely have time to read the email, much less the comments on the blog.
Today we left rock bay, otherwise know as Beaverstone Bay, and ventured out into the Georgian Bay and guess what we found.. . You got it, rocks. Two miles off shore we could see waves crashing on submerged rocks. To be able to breath, we traveled 8 miles out. The term "shore" is tough to define here and is generally meant to be that 5 mile rock patch that you have to navigate to get back to land.
We had a wonderful sail today... a beam reach all day. Our max speed was 7.6 knots...(as registered on the GPS Marv) Toward the end of the trip things got too rolly for comfort. And, the fact that we were not entirely sure how to get through the afore mentions rock patch made things a little nerve wracking for about 20 minutes. But we made it and are comfortably ensconced in St. Amants Marina, Britt Ontario.
Aaah -Britt...Britt is a cozy hamlet of 350 year-round residents located 100 km south of Sudbury and 65 km north of Parry Sound on Highway 526 off of Highway 69. It is at mileage 62 from Parry Sound on Sheet 3 of GEORGIAN BAY Small Craft Chart no. 2203 and 65 miles east-south east of Killarney along the small craft route on Chart no. 2204. Trail C of the OFSC trail system crosses the Magnetawan River or Byng Inlet at Britt.
The majority of residents are descendents of pioneers who worked the huge lumber mills, the CPR Coal Docks and the commercial fishing boats in the late 1800's and the first half of the 1900's.
The port has 2 large marinas, a post office, a liquor store, 2 churches, a Legion Hall, two bars, a volunteer fire department, a Medevac Helipad, 2 general stores, 2 restaurants, 2 Inns, recreational facilities and a Canadian Coast Guard Crew stationed at Gereaux Lighthouse.(copied directly from the village website for your edification).
We are docked next to yet another Bayfield 40... Mutual affair. It makes that the third B 40 in about a week.
We are thinking about heading to Parry Sound to visit a friend tomorrow but will wait and see about the weather.
One interesting thing about traveling here is that there is a path marked out in the rock patch area that is used by wimps for moving north and south along this coast. It zigzags back and forth between rocks and islands. (which are really just bigger rocks). It's called the inside passage for pleasure craft and it has its own chart. We thought about it for a bout 10 seconds. Dodging rocks all day is not fun after three or four days.
Bye for now.
08/03/2007, Collins Inlet to Beaverstone Bay
8/1/07 Covered Portage Cove to Beaverstone Bay, north of Sheet Island
Today we left around 8:30 and headed for the drive through Killarney. I wondered if we could pick up some internet access as we drove through so I could post the blog and check some email. Well, it worked out somewhat. I had to answer Sam's email, as she has miscalculated some banking. It's a little difficult to help with that from where we are at the moment. I posted the blog and tried to answer some other email, but alas, we were through the mile of town even though Mike went through in neutral and irritated the boats behind us. He even turned around and made another pass so I could copy some emails. I hope no one feels snubbed because I didn't reply to any emails, I really did try.
We drove to Collins Inlet which separates the Killarney Provincial Park from Prince Edward Island. It was like driving through a river, although it is not. We saw evidence of old beaver lodges and a deer drinking water beside us as we drove by. We saw a string of trawlers go by that must have been traveling together, and some other boats along the way-none of them sailboats. We did see one sailboat anchored behind an island. It was a beautiful trip that was recommended to us by "Celtic Song"-thanks! We then threaded our way around some islands and found a spot to anchor at about 1:30. We had some lunch and read a while and I had a nap. I don't like naps, but I didn't sleep very well last night for some reason.
We realized that today it is August, the usual time we would say it was time to turn around and head home. We were kind of excited that we are able to be traveling on this summer. We have pretty much decided that we will head for the Erie Canal, not the Trent Severn.
It is a bit windy here, so I don't think we will go out to explore or fish.