Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thank You Canada!

Our time in Canada has come to an end. Two Days ago Anna and I crossed back over into American waters and cleared customs on Drummond Island, Michigan. On this day, our 12th wedding anniversary, we took the time to look back at all the wonderful experiences we have had in Canada. It truly is one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world. I have said it before but I can't say it enough, the Canadian people are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Leaving Little Current, we found ourselves anchoring in waters that just take your breath away. The Benjamin Island and Whalesback Channel's beauty are beyond words. Along the way we continued to meet wonderful people and have been blessed with cool dry weather which has made for one of the best summers anyone can remember in these waters. Every day Anna and I have tried to capture some of the beauty we have seen. You could take a picture every minute of every day and still not capture it all. Even though we are sad to leave this place, we are overjoyed to be back in the good old USA. Finally we are in contact with our friends and family again. Our first stop after clearing customs was the Northwood Restaurant where for the first time in six weeks I bought myself a reasonably priced beer. Anna made a run for the market and got herself some cheese. For some reason beer and cheese were some expensive in Canada, we joke "Behold the power of Cheese". We look forward to moving down onto Lake Michigan. In the next few days we will pass through the Straits of Mackinac and make a stop at Mackinac Island, from there we will make a run down the east side of lake Michigan to Chicago. The first quarter of our trip is now complete. with over 1500 nautical miles under our belts we feel we are ready to take on the Lake. We hope to be in Chicago by Labor day, where I plan on taking Anna to her first major league baseball game. It's not Fenway, but it is as close as we are going to get. Who knows, the Bears will be in their preseason, maybe it will have to be a double header.

Anna it looks like a great night, let's have a camp fire!

Once again friends were close at hand as we enjoyed the fire and a wonderful sunset.

The sky here is just out of this world.

We found a great private little hole for Blue. Stern tieing to a tree has become the preferred method for anchoring in these waters. It allows for some great views as we enjoy an evening beer on the back of Blue.

South Benjamin Island lived up to it reputation as being one of Canada's favorite cruising destinations.

My nephew Will would have loved this chocolate shop. The name made is think of him. Hope you are having a great summer Will!

The Bridal Falls on Manitoulin Island were worth the hike. Only made better by being at the foot of the local LCBO store.

I think we finally found our pot of gold. After an afternoon thunderstorm we were given one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen.

This could be one of the best shots of Blue I have ever taken. If there is an image that sums up our time in the North Channel this would have to be it.

In the mornings we awake to a thin layer of Fog which always make us think of home.

We ran into some tuggers cruising the Whalesback in there 37 Nordic tugs Water Kraft and Jenny Joe. I couldn't resist taking a picture of their boats off John Island.

Once again it was a wonderful night.

Anna has mastered retrieving the lines from shore as we untie and lift anchor.

We came across this guy in a canoe in the middle of nowhere. Once again we find ourselves so impressed by the adventuresome spirit of the people who live on these waters.

Our final stop in Canada was in Thessalon where I got to do my PeeWee Herman imitation on these awesome cruiser bikes offered by the Marina.

Our Final look across Canada's waters before we push off for Drummond Island in the good old USA.

With our quarantine flag flying to signal customs we crossed into the USA. It's good to be home. Thanks again Canada we will never forget the wonderful sights you shared with us.