Unplugged at the Pool in Baie Fine

Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28, 2014

The Breathtaking Anchorage of Covered Portage Cove in the Morning

The Breathtaking Anchorage of Covered Portage Cove in the Morning

Covered Portage Cove on  the Morning the We Leave

Covered Portage Cove on the Morning the We Leave

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.

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall

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.

The Fjord Leading to the Pool

The Fjord Leading to the Pool

En Route to the Pool

En Route to the Pool

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The North Side of the Fjord is White Quartz

The North Side of the Fjord is White Quartz

The South Side of the Fjord Channel is Rusty Black and Orange Granite

The South Side of the Fjord Channel is Rusty Black and Orange Granite

En Route

En Route

En Route

En Route

The North Channel at Its Finest

The North Channel at Its Finest

Group of 7 Material

Group of 7 Material

Inspiration for Tom Thompson

Inspiration for Tom Thompson

En Route to the Pool

En Route to the Pool

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.

The Anchorage at The Pool

The Anchorage at The Pool

The Anchorage at the Pool

The Anchorage at the Pool

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.

Granite Reflections

Granite Reflections

Guinevere is anchored at the Pool in Baie Fine.

Guinevere is anchored at the Pool in Baie Fine.

Our trusty dinghy gets a lot of workout.

Our trusty dinghy gets a lot of workout.

On Sunday and Monday we went blueberry picking. We got quite a load and I made muffins with some of the blueberries.

Picking Blueberries


Picking Blueberries

The Fruits of our Labours

The Fruits of our Labours

Blueberries

Blueberries

The Fruits of our Labours Day 1

The Fruits of our Labours Day 1

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

We took the half hour uphill hike through the woods to Topaz Lake and enjoyed the breathtaking view.

Rick and Me at Topaz Lake

Rick and Me at Topaz Lake

Rick is Enjoying the Beauty of Topaz Lake

Rick is Enjoying the Beauty of Topaz Lake

Topaz Lake - One of the places where the Group of Seven used to camp and paint.

Topaz Lake – One of the places where the Group of Seven used to camp and paint.

Topaz Lake

Topaz Lake

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.

Guinevere Enjoying the Pool

Guinevere Enjoying the Pool

The Pool at Baie FIne

The Pool at Baie FIne

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One Response to Unplugged at the Pool in Baie Fine

  1. Carol says:

    Michelle Your story and pictures are wonderful! Stan is enjoying your blog as well. From your pictures, I can appreciate why the Group of Seven painted the Northern part of our Province. Oh so beautiful. I am surprised that you haven’t come across any Plein Air painters. Keep enjoying your trip and sending us pictures. Stan just told me to tell you that he used to fish off Strawberry Island.
    Love Carol

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