Sunday, August 3, 2014
Croker Island is a lovely little anchorage spot just across the channel from the Benjamin Islands and is considered to be a part of the Benjamin Islands group.
We took our time getting ready to leave our anchorage between the North and South Benjamin Islands this morning, then we hauled our anchor and made our way across the bay to see if we wanted to stay at Croker.
On our way across, we got a telephone call from Mim and Pip in Windsor. This was only our second phone call in the last three weeks so it was a treat to connect with home. We circled around the entrance to the anchorage so we could talk undisturbed.
We liked Croker Bay and anchored stern to the shore, which means that we set an anchor in 38 feet of water, then Rick attached a line to the boat and took the other end of the line to shore with the dinghy. He tied that end to a tree. This way we won’t swing and hit the rocks at the shore.
This anchorage is very pretty and we took a couple excursions in the dinghy to snoop around. We also did some hiking.
One hike took us way up to the top of a cliff where we could see for many miles. There was a spectacular view of this area of the North Channel. There were lots of blueberries in this area and we saw what looked like blueberry filled bear scat. I usually travel with a full arsenal of bear deterrents (bell, air horn, harmless but scary dart, etc.) but I’ve let my guard down a bit and on this particular hike I uncharacteristically left my ammo at the boat. That won’t be happening again. Later in the evening I read a bear warning in the Great Lakes Cruising Club’s notes about Croker Island.
If the weather allows we will be moving on to another anchorage tomorrow…Will see what tomorrow brings.