Monday, July 1, 2013
We left Waupoos on a very windy, miserable morning. The wind was right on our nose all the way to Kingston so it meant motoring for us. The winds were 20 knots, gusting to 40 knots and the waves were 1 to 1 ½ metres high.
Guinevere handled it all very well and, although it was a long 8 hour ride, we had a good 27 nautical mile trip.
When we got to Kingston, we expected to anchor at Deadman`s Cove, right across from the most westerly of the Thousand Islands, Cedar Island.
Before we reached Deadman`s Cove, however, we saw a deep bay called Navy Bay with high cliffs that would protect us from the wind. It was suggested as an anchorage in our Ports book so we charged in. There were already about 6 other boats anchored there so we figured it was a good stop.
This bay sits between the beautiful historical Royal Military College on the west side and Fort Henry on the east. We were anchored in a very noteworthy spot and it felt like a special anchorage.
Later in the evening we could hear people gathered on the hills at Fort Henry and live music was playing. We just figured that it was some little Canada Day celebration going on.
At about 9:45 p.m. we started getting ready for bed when we heard a very loud bang outside. We looked out and we were right across from the barge that was letting off Kingston’s Canada Day fireworks! What a show! No wonder people were gathered in the area and there were so many boats in the bay.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
By late the next morning all the other boats had left the bay.
We took our dinghy to town and tied up at the city marina. There were no attendants at the dock so we left the dinghy and went to do some wandering and shopping.
Kingston has a great downtown. There was a farmer`s market open in the city hall square and a 5 piece orchestra was playing in the park.
We walked a lot. We bought veggies at the market and other groceries at the supermarkets. We stopped at a beautiful little art gallery and I got a watercolour journal at the Wallack`s art supply store. We also went for coffee at a place we`ve frequented since the fall when we first came to Kingston for boat shopping, The Common Market. Rick loves the scones there and it is a treat to experience this very old place from the 1800`s on Ontario Street.
After our city experience, we dropped the groceries off at the sailboat and took the dinghy over to check out Deadman`s Cove and Cedar Island. We were surprised at how close to the city one could find areas of such beautiful, remote nature. This is another appealing aspect of Kingston.
At night we walked up the hill next to where we were anchored and we had Fort Henry almost all to ourselves.