Gore Bay and Vidal Island

Friday, August 8, 2014

On Friday morning, I drove the dinghy from Guinevere anchored in the bay to the Gore Bay Marina docks and had a luxurious marina shower. Other than swimming with a bar of Ivory soap every day, this was my first official shower in the last week. Rick chose to do the swimming routine off of the back of the boat, but I considered the $5.00 well-spent to be able to have a hot shower.

After breakfast, we went to the little Farmer’s Market located right next to the marina and got a few vegetables and some sweets. We revisited the used book shelf at the marina office and went to the studio and retail arts centre down by the water. Sadly, the centre was very quiet, with very few customers. I always get inspiration from these visits, though, and had an enjoyable time browsing.

Eye Catcher at the Farmers' Market

Eye Catcher at the Farmers’ Market

Gore Bay Farmers' Market

Gore Bay Farmers’ Market

Eye Catcher at Gore Bay

Eye Catcher at Gore Bay

Eye Catcher at Gore Bay

Eye Catcher at Gore Bay

Eye Catcher at Gore Bay

Eye Catcher at Gore Bay

Eye Catcher at Gore Bay

Eye Catcher at Gore Bay

Rick walks to the dinghy at the Gore Bay Marina with some of our purchases while Guinevere sits in the bay.

Rick walks to the dinghy at the Gore Bay Marina with some of our purchases while Guinevere sits in the bay.

By this time it was around 11:30 a.m. and we had the trip to Vidal Island on our minds. We knew that our next leg of the trip was the 5 hour trip for an overnight stay before the 10 hour trip to Presque Isle, Michigan to follow. We decided to move on. We picked up some bean burritos to go and pulled the anchor by 12:15.

The wind was right on our nose all the way so we motored 25 nm to the Vidal Bay anchorage. By 5:30 we were anchored at this huge, remote bay. We had to let out 120 feet of rode (anchor chain) in 24 feet of water. We haven’t seen many boats all day and certainly nobody is anywhere near here. We feel like we are the only people for many miles around. This is a strange but interesting feeling that I can’t remember ever having before.

On Our Way to Vidal Island

On Our Way to Vidal Island

Lighthouse Just Outside Gore Bay

Lighthouse Just Outside Gore Bay

There are a lot of loons in this bay. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some serious wildlife come to the shore for drinks tonight. I’m on the lookout!

Tomorrow, we make our way back to Lake Huron. The American ports are new territories for us and we are looking forward to the adventures!

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One Response to Gore Bay and Vidal Island

  1. Carol says:

    Michelle The onions are called Knop onions. They were painted and shown on the cover of a Watercolor Magazine. Love the pic of the Lighthouse. I have an Art friend and his son who travel and take photos in order to paint these Lighthouses as George is such a great Artist.
    Enjoy the American side as I am sure it is more populated than the Canadian side.
    We have had so much rain!! Have a safe journey!! Love Carol

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