Croker Island

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.

Morning View at the Benjamins

Morning View at the Benjamins

Morning View at the Benjamins

Morning View at the Benjamins

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.

Rick is tying our stern to a tree on shore after we've anchored.

Rick is tying our stern to a tree on shore after we’ve anchored.

This anchorage is very pretty and we took a couple excursions in the dinghy to snoop around. We also did some hiking.

Beautiful orange lichen right next to our boat.

Beautiful orange lichen right next to our boat.

Right next to our anchorage.

Right next to our anchorage.

This is where we are anchored.

This is where we are anchored.

More blueberry picking for us!

More blueberry picking for us!

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.

Here is a view of Guinevere from the top of the cliff that we climbed.  Note how nice and secluded it is at Croker Island.  Altogether there were about 7 boats sharing this anchorage.  There was also one occupied campsite on shore.

Here is a view of Guinevere from the top of the cliff that we climbed. Note how nice and secluded it is at Croker Island. Altogether there were about 7 boats sharing this anchorage. There was also one occupied campsite on shore.

Secretary Island next to Croker Island

Secretary Island next to Croker Island

Here I am at the top of the hill.  There are lots of blueberries and bear scat in this area!

Here I am at the top of the hill. There are lots of blueberries (and bear scat) in this area!

Guinevere at Croker Island

Guinevere at Croker Island

Our Home Away from Home

Our Home Away from Home

Eye catcher at Croker

Eye catcher at Croker

If the weather allows we will be moving on to another anchorage tomorrow…Will see what tomorrow brings.

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