We’ve been preparing for cutting our ties with our home base at the Collins Bay Marina. Tomorrow we are sailing out to do some exploring in the Kingston and Thousand Islands area before we make our way home.
I’ve made lots of trips to the grocery stores to stock up on non-perishables that will come in handy when we aren’t so conveniently close to towns. We have 19 four litre bottles of distilled water. I really don’t want to run out!
Rick has been working on the motor, learning about its innards, trying to find the anodes and fixing a leaky anti-freeze plate.
We went to the laundromat on Sunday by dinghy. We loaded our clothes, dinghied across the bay to the Marine Outfitters chandlery, tied up to their docks, and walked across the road to the marina. Fun!
We’ve had lots of meetings with local sailors at the marina, pulling out the charts and learning about the best anchorages. Two nights ago Bill from Tamara C came over to give us some highlights of the area. Last night Suzanne and Herve from Grenadier came over to our boat to tell us about what they know about the best anchorages in the Thousand Islands. Today I sat with Claudia from Tamara C and learned all about Waupoos, and her favourite anchorages and activities to do when there. Later in the afternoon we sat for two hours with Ina and Norm at their boat, Cabernet, to learn a lot about the ins and outs of the Intercoastal Waterway and sailing in Florida and the Bahamas. Everyone has been so patient and helpful with us! I’m impressed about how generous they are with their time and the information they have to share with us.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be taking my last yoga class at the Omega Fitness Club. I’ve really come to enjoy the “yoga on steroids” style of the Centergy class and will miss it.
When I get back to the boat after yoga we plan to pack up the bikes, go for a pump out at the gas dock, and leave for Waupoos. We’ve already filled the water tanks and lifted the dinghy into the davits.
It has been a great June, readying the boat for further adventures. Collins Bay Marina and all of the people we’ve met have been very helpful and friendly and we appreciate the time we’ve spent here.
Now we are both ready and excited to move on to the next phase of our sailing adventure.