Wednesday, August 6, 2014
We woke to a beautiful , quiet morning at Hotham Island today and we debated about staying to enjoy one more day at this anchorage but we felt the need to move on to the next stage of our trip, so by 10:30 we pulled anchor and moved on.
Clapperton Island was one more anchorage that we wanted to check out while we were in the North Channel and it is on the route to Gore Bay, the marina town where we need to provision soon.
We had an enjoyable motor and motor-sail and by 1:00 p.m. we were securely anchored on the east side of Clapperton Island at Carling Bay.
What can I say? It is a great anchorage to use as a refuge if one needs to stop, but as a special destination in the North Channel, it really doesn’t make the cut in my mind. The surrounding area is rather flat and nondescript. I’m sure that I’m spoiled after all of the breathtaking beauty that I’ve experienced in the last couple of weeks. I know that my opinion is just a matter of personal preference because I’ve read that this is one of the top 30 anchorages as rated by a seminar leader from the Chicago Boat Show. Also, to be fair, I must mention that the weather is cool and windy today which doesn’t help to shed the best light on poor ol’ Clapperton for me.
Anyway, for now we are mostly out of the strong west wind and we are keeping ourselves happily occupied until tomorrow when we move on to Gore Bay.
Rick and I have both taken naps and we’ve done lots of reading. The bay is too choppy for an enjoyable dinghy ride around the area so we’ve stayed put on Guinevere. I’ve done some yoga and have worked out a bit with my hand weights. Rick has putzed around with odd things that needed to be done around the boat and he’s charted some plans for our upcoming travelling days. I baked a batch of blueberry banana muffins. Life is good and the livin’ is easy!
Wednesday night brought a lovely sunset and Thursday morning I woke to a glorious sunrise.
Tomorrow we are moving on to the little town of Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island where we will provision and make plans for our return to home. We plan to make our way down to Windsor via Lake Huron on the American side of the lake early next week.