Monday, August 4, and Tuesday, August 5, 2014
After morning swims and breakfast, we checked the weather on our cell phone apps and on the VHF radio and decided to move on to an anchorage with more protection from the predicted west winds. We’d heard good things about the anchorage at Hotham Island which is just northwest of the Benjamin Island Group, it fit our wind protection needs, so we pulled the anchor and moved on.
Actually, it took Rick quite a while to retrieve the stern line from shore and lift the 200 feet of anchor chain. The chain was extra long because we were in deep water.
We were on our way at 11:00 a.m. We went south around the Benjamin Islands before heading northwest from there. We motored and motor-sailed all the way. This was a beautiful, relaxing trip. The rocks, hills, and trees in the area are really spectacular. There was a misty fog surrounding us so my en route photos probably don’t capture the true beauty of the area but, believe me, this is beautiful country!
We arrived at a gorgeous, protected anchorage on the northern side of Hotham Island and were anchored by 1:00 p.m. This is an ideal anchorage..beautiful, quiet, with about 16 feet of water throughout. The scenery is iconic Northern Ontario beauty. So far, although I’ve loved every anchorage we’ve been to, this is my favourite.
We’ve taken some long dinghy rides along secluded channels. The only way to see this is by boat. It truly is amazingly beautiful here and I’m enjoying every minute of it.
Aside: We’ve had great cell phone service on this trip. The only time that we couldn’t get a signal was during our time at Baie Fine. The cell connection has been very useful as it has allowed us to call ahead to marinas sometimes when we are out of range for using the vhf radio, we have been in communication with our family through texting, and we have been using our weather apps in addition to the vhf radio (Environment Canada, NOAA) for additional weather information. I’ve also used my cell phone 3G hotspot to post blogs from my computer to the internet.
Unfortunately for me, next week when we take the southern trip down Lake Huron on the American side of the lake, my Canadian phone plan won’t work and Rick’s cell phone will be able to be used for phone calls only. The only way that I will be able to post my blogs is if I have wifi internet access at the American marinas where we stay. I plan to continue writing my posts on my computer then copy and paste them into my blog when internet access is available.