Thursday, July 17, 2014

As planned, we got up at 5:15 this morning and were heading out to Lake Huron by 6:15 a.m.

The waves were high and turbulent for a very short while then things settled down for a beautiful motor/motor-sail to Kincardine. We traveled 43 nautical miles and arrived at the Kincardine Municipal Marina at 2:00 p.m.

Within the hour, three other sailboats arrived here from Bayfield. We had become friendly yesterday with two of the couples, Lori and Fred on a super 40 foot Beneteau called Restless Wind, and Kat and Court (and their Border Collie Buck) on their beautiful custom 38 foot wooden sailboat called Alaya. Now we are enjoying each others’ company. Rick is helping Fred with a pump issue on his boat. All three of our boats are heading to the North Channel so we may run into them some more down the ‘road’.

After settling in at our dock, Rick and I took some time to just sit and relax. The atmosphere here is wonderful and good for the soul. The weather is great, too. We’ve had temperatures in the high 50’s up to the mid 60’s since we left home and it has all been good. Today the high reached a beautiful, sunny 67 degrees.

We explored town a bit by bicycle then came back to the boat to read. Not a bad gig, eh?

Every night in Kincardine at sunset, a bagpiper goes up to the top of the lighthouse and plays as the sun sets. Our boat is docked at the perfect vantage point to hear him and watch him up there. It is only about 7:30 p.m. as I write this but I expect that we will wait for the piper then hit the sack early.

Tomorrow we will have our family reunion at the cottage down the road. Let the party begin!

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