What a week this has been!

We went to the Loopers seminar in Penetanguishene on Monday, and then Tuesday was a stormy day, so we waited until Wednesday to leave Midland.  That also gave my knee a chance to heal better, we met the folks from GraceFull on Wednesday, and she’s a nurse, so gave me some advice on treating my knee (a LOT of Advil and ice packs).  I twisted my knee while shopping (actually carrying enough groceries and beer for an army home, fortunately, after stepping my mast).

We left Midland under motor power, and made the decision to sail Georgian Bay instead of motoring the small craft channel.  We were open to Lake Huron for a stretch, but decided the fact that we should be able to sail was worth it.  And it was.

It felt wonderful to have both sails flying full, no motor running, and MB complaining about how far we were heeling over.

We followed the west coast of Georgian Bay, so instead of the granite rock formations, we were delighted with Limestone Cliffs.  It was very reminiscent of the Gaspe Peninsula, with the high cliffs, although we didn’t see any homes built on top of the cliffs here.

We anchored out all week, and good anchorages are few and far between on this side.  The one we were at Saturday night had 17 boats in it, 12 sail and 5 motor, and we were awoke in the middle of the night with a large bang, when another sailboat dragged anchor and hit us.  No damage done, he moved his boat, and we had a restless night the rest of the night.  Tonight we stopped shy of Little Current, and tried to anchor with 2 different anchors in 4 different spots.  I guess there is a reason we are all alone in these bays, the ground is covered with rocks, and the bottom must be a solid rock, I can’t get the anchors to grab.  Finally, on the West side of Badgley Island, there is an indent in 22 feet of water the anchor seemed to hold.  I hope it does.  Tomorrow we’ll be off to Little Current for supplies, then the North Channel, then Michigan and the big Lake.

I had to include a picture of an Island that is covered with Canada Yew (Ground Hemlock, this is the plant that I worked with for 10 years that was harvested across Canada to make Paclitaxel).  The plant grows on this island so high, that the only way to harvest the tops is in the winter, they walk with snowshoes to get the tops.  It must be because of the rock in the ground, the plants grow up instead of roots.  What a sight to behold!  If only the drug wasn’t all being made in China and the Czech Republic now.

The water is so clear in Georgian Bay (and over 500 feet deep) that I would not be afraid to drink it (with Aquatabs and my Brita Filter, of course).  In 20 feet of water you can see the bottom clearly.  We have been swimming, taking our dingy over to meet neighbors, fishing, and enjoying the beautiful sunsets.

Love to All,
Joe & Mary Beth
S/V “Pot ‘O’ Gold”

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