Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28, 2014
At 9:30 a.m. we had our anchor up and, after waving goodbye to David from Port Huron, Lori and Fred from Lighthouse Cove, and Kat and Court from Ohio, we headed toward the beautiful anchorage in the Pool at Baie Fine. The total trip was 23 nautical miles, including 9 nm up the fjord of Baie Fine to reach the Pool. We arrived at 2:00 p.m. after motoring and motor-sailing all the way. There was no cell phone service up here so we immediately felt unplugged and relaxed.
There is a challenging spot along the route called Hole in the Wall which is, as you can imagine, a very small space between two islands. There is an alternate route not too far away from the Hole in the Wall but Rick really wanted to try the challenging bit. He said that at the end of my life I may be disappointed if I had never had the chance to try this feat. Hmmmmmm…we tried it. Only one boat can fit through at a time so if you see someone coming from the other direction, you have to wait your turn to go through. I stood lookout on the bow and gave directions to Rick to go left or right to avoid hitting the rocks. We made it without touching bottom. Happy times.
Along the 9 nm entrance of Baie Fine there are glistening white quartz cliffs on the north side of the channel and orangy black cliffs on the south side. Makes me wonder how this area of the earth developed. Very beautiful to see.
When we got to the Pool we had to stake out our spot amongst lots of other boaters. We counted 22 boats in the area.
There was a lot of activity and a festive atmosphere with people tooting around on dinghies and kayaks, fishing, hiking, having campfires, and swimming. There were 3 sailboats full of very active sea cadets anchored near us. We saw a beaver cross our path when we were out on the dinghy. There were loud loon calls serenading us. We saw a gigantic snapping turtle swim by and we think it is the same legendary turtle that we saw here two years ago. All in all, this was a busy, positive place.
On Sunday and Monday we went blueberry picking. We got quite a load and I made muffins with some of the blueberries.
We took the half hour uphill hike through the woods to Topaz Lake and enjoyed the breathtaking view.
The wind really blew on Monday night and Rick was up a couple of times to check that the anchor was set. The weather continues to be cool with temperatures in the 40’s at night and up to the mid 60’s during the day.
We thoroughly enjoyed the hubbub of activity and the awesome beauty of this popular anchorage but tomorrow we plan to head out to somewhere more secluded, the Beaver Island Harbour between Beaver Island and Strawberry Island.