The Slates, Caribou, and Yes Another of our Cruising Angles
25 July 2012
The anchorage at the Slates wasn't much, in fact the bottom was so hard the anchor wouldn't bite, so I let out another 75 feet of chain and we were set, anchored on our chain. We've done this many times when there is little chance of adverse winds or current. LB just sits there happy as ever.
We toured the place by dinghy and went ashore to do some exploring. Caribou tracks, lots of drift wood for Alice and more of this incredibly dense forest. Back at LB Alice noticed a Caribou wandering down the beach we had just walked some 30 minutes ago. We watched the large animal graze, walk around nonchalantly; we watched for a good 45 minutes, then up into the forest and it was gone.
The next day was miserable, rain, fog and yet wind!! We set sail for the islands around Rossport with big rollers and a good 15 knots of breeze. Now the tour guide talks about a wreck on a reef right on our course. Alice read me the story of this yacht that it the reef and sank when they tried to pull her off. Today she lays in 200 feet of water and is a popular deep dive sight. So needless to say, while in the fog I gave this reef a wide berth.
In Rossport, a very small town of less than 100 people we found a gem of a restaurant and another one of our cruising angles. The restaurant, The Serendipity, was a totally unexpected find. Prime Rib was the special, and guess what, Alice tried Canadian Rye and She liked it. We now have added Rye to our on-board inventory.
The next day we wanted to do some laundry, get some supplies and the like, but the nearest “large” town was some 20 miles away. Voila! Another cruising angle appeared. Is name was Bill, and Bill if you ever come across this writing, please accept my apology for storing your last name away in a totally inaccessible part of my aging brain. Bill drove us the 20 miles; he helped with the laundry, took us to a bank; a hardware store and back to the laundry for the dry cycle. We offered lunch at the local place, having fish and chips and Canadian beers. Back to Rossport and Bill helped carry all our stuff out to LB. We just hope we have an opportunity to pay it forward and be a visiting angle for someone in our future.