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.
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.
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!