Out in the Wilderness
10 August 2015 | Georgian Bay, Ontario
We were out nine days..... what an adventure! Uproar and Whisper got lots of sailing, the crews had lots of dinghy rides, cocktail parties, great food and laughs. Here is a synopsis:
Day 2: We left Portage Couvert with the intention of stopping in Killarney for fish and chips. Killarney was a zoo of boats! Neither marina had any day slips, so Uproar docked at the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) dock and Whisper rafted off. We got lunch and ran our errands and only overstayed the 30 minute limit by half an hour. We went off to dock at Thomas Bay, where we found the tugs, Tug'N, Sir Tugley Blue, Heart Tug and our old friends Jan and Bob on Wings. Water was really really cold so no swimming here.
Day 3: We SAILED the Collins Inlet to Mill Lake! We anchored off Green Island and had a lovely swim and dinner.
Day 4: Only 4 miles to the corner at Beaverstone Bay, so we motored there. Uproar got through the shallows with flying colors (the chart says 6' max and she draws nearly 8'). Out into Georgian Bay we were able to put up sails again and get all the way to Bad River just before the rain squall.
Day 5-6-7: Anchored at Bad River. Fabulous place to explore. We were able to get through the rapids at Devil's Door so we got into the back country and explored channels way up from the main passage. With the higher water this year, we didn't have the problems pushing through as we did in the past. We had one weather day that eventually treated us to a fantastic full double rainbow. We also caught fish and had a great small mouth bass dinner for the four of us. One of the days we took Whisper through the Small Craft Route nearby. Uproar can't do it with her draft so we had all four of us onboard. Russ and Lisa marveled at the rocky, narrow passages and were appropriately impressed with the Parting Channel. We'll get pictures up when I get better WIFI.
Day 8-9: Anchored at the Bustard Islands. We liked the sail from Bad River to the Bustards... only 7 miles. We anchored just at the end of the Gun Barrel channel. We were able to take the dinghys on a long loop into the unmarked channels in the southern part of the islands..some of the passages were pretty narrow and shallow..and of course, had a rock smack in the middle of the channel. No fish at the Bustards though..at least we couldn't find them! Russ and Lisa left for Tobermory and eventually Detroit, from here. We left to follow the Small Craft Route to Britt.
Day 10-11: Britt, Byng Inlet. We arrived in the early afternoon to find not one, but two of the boats we had lost hope of seeing this summer. We spent one great evening with Gar and Helen from White Star and another with Lyn and Tim from Mutual Affair. In both cases, we met these people four years ago and have been reconnecting at various points over and over. We love this part of the cruising life!