Little Current is a lovely little town on Manitou Island. We did a little grocery shopping and some laundry. We enjoyed fish and chips at a waterfront take-out place that wasn't half bad.I had a poutine, cause you never know when you will be able to have another one once you are in the States. It rained a little but it was a welcome as the whole area is dry.
I have learnt so much in the past 45 + days, but here is my latest lesson. Don’t have a big greasy bacon, egg, home fries (with onions) breakfast if you are about to cross a big stretch of water.
With the seas hitting us on the port- stern , every ride wave became an up , right, down, left roller-coaster ride and the breakfast soon starts to grumble in your belly while everything is turning a nasty green, or at least that is how it feels.
The breakfast was in celebration of our new friend Jim’s 45th (plus tax) birthday. (MV Wild Goose) The big stretch of water was West Bay towards Clapperton Channel and then south through Mudge Bay to Kagawang.
Neither one of us felt like anchoring with the whooptey- doo feeling in our bellies so we tied to the Public Dock wall.
The pulpit in the Saint John’s church in
is a bow off an old wooden boat. The whole church is full of nautical references.
This wall is so high that we had to use the upper aft deck to step off the boat. With the winds coming straight down the bay from the north it made for a bumpy spot to be tied to.
|Lovely walk to Bridal Veil Falls|
Gary behind Bridal Veil Falls – Kagawang
|Bridal Veil Falls|
At about 330 we headed into the north wind towards Clapperton Island and a sheltered anchorage.
Exploring the island, we saw an abandoned lodge and the ruins of a resort on the opposite side of the bay on Harbour Island.
Ruins of an old resort on Clapperton Harbour Island
The bad weather we expected didn’t arrive (or perhaps we are becoming more seasoned sailors?) so we headed out on a nice cruise to Barrie Island and a little anchorage in Sturgeon Bay for the afternoon. We had the place all for ourselves again. The water was gorgeous clear and plenty of fish swam around the boat. I took a bath in the cold water and we enjoyed a spectacular sunset.
Rising Moon over Barrie Island - Sturgeon Bay anchorage
|Sunset Sturgeon Bay|
The North Channel was a little rocky but we decided to push through and went as far as Vidal Island. We had a seagull following us part of the way.
Again we anchored in clear water and we saw the fish swimming around the boat. Gary spotted our first bald eagle
|Sunset Vidal Bay|
Got up early and headed into Lake Huron. The day was sunny and warm and the water, calm and clear. We stopped in Mississauga Channel to try and catch one of the big fish we kept seeing on the fishfinder. We tried trolling as we travelled but gave up after a half an hour. The wind was forecasted to come from the south-west so we ducked around Kitchener Island off Cockburn Island for shelter and found a paradise. The water looks like tropical water, different shades of greens and blue. We went exploring in the dingy and took a long walk along the shore rock hunting. Tomorrow we are crossing the border into the States. We look forward to the next leg of our journey.
|Rock hunting –Kitchener Island –Cockburn Island|
……………………………to be continued