Cruising on Island Time

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Returning to Island Time

Posted on June 9, 2019

Hello from Florida! Thought I would “dust off the cobwebs” on the blog and report that we will soon be rejoining our boat in Drummond Island, MI. We will fly back to Michigan on June 17th. A little later than we had anticipated due to the very cold winter they experienced up there this winter. That cold vortex froze everything solid up there. And even now in June, there have been morning temperatures in the low 40’s. But I for one, am looking forward to the cooler temps as it has been in the high 90’s here in South Florida. We are truly getting excited about our return. We plan to spend another month in Canada (North Channel & Georgian Bay) then start heading…

Baie Fine to Drummond Island

Posted on September 28, 2018

Mon / Tues, Sept 17 – 18. Baie Fine. Departed Killarney and headed to anchorage known as “The Pool” in Baie Fine (pronounced Bay Fin). It’s about a 10 mile stretch from the entrance to Baie Fine to the area known as “The Pool”. On the way in you pass by beautiful high rock cliffs (fjords) of the La Cloche mountains. The anchorage on a summer weekend is very popular and we were told by a local cottager that he has seen as many as 40 to 50 boats anchored there. Fortunately for us there was only one other boat there when we arrived. After our wonderful fresh grilled Pike dinner (topped with butter, garlic and lemon), Bob took the dinghy over to check…

Parry Sound to Kilarney

Posted on September 17, 2018

Mon/ Tue, Sep 10 -11. Parry Sound / Kilcoursie Bay. As predicted, Monday was rainy, windy and cold. We took taxi up to grocery store and then hung out at boat most of day. Went back up to Boston’s Pizza to watch Monday night football. Didn’t want to walk to far in the rain the cold. On Tuesday morning, we took the dinghy over to the seaplane docks and went for our tour. Normally, the tour is 35 minutes from dock to dock but since it was the first flight of day, the plane needed extra time warming up so we were 48 minutes. While it was still overcast, it was a beautiful flight over the region and a very different perspective from the…

Penetanguishene to Parry Sound

Posted on September 10, 2018

Mon / Tue, Sep 3 -4. Penetanguishene. Had a generator issue during the night so decided to head back over to one of the bigger towns across the bay to have it serviced. Got some referrals from our 5 boats friends and off we went. Pulled into Beacon Bay Marina for a night’s stay. Dinghied across the bay to the town dock of Penetanguishene (even tougher to say then spell) and had a bite at an okay place. In morning, we headed up the bay to Minty’s Marine where they would be checking out our generator. A couple of hours of work (impeller, belt and sensor) and we were on our way. Since it was later in the day, we opted to go back…

Lake Simcoe to Beausoleil Island

Posted on September 3, 2018

Sun, Aug 26th. Thorah Island Anchorage, Lake Simcoe. Departed early across Lake Cameron and only intended to transit 4 or 5 locks but we pushed on through 7 locks, 2 swing bridges and 31 miles and a really narrow canal called the Trent Canal. So narrow that if another boat our size was coming in the opposite direction, it would be problematic. Along the way, we transited the Kirkfield Lift Lock which is a smaller version of the Peterborough Lift Lock but unlike Peterborough there is no town and no real place to stay. As it was windy and late in the day, we were going to stay at the bridge basin wall before entering Lake Simcoe but decided to head out to Thorah…

Healy Falls to Fenelon Falls

Posted on August 25, 2018

Wed, Aug 15. Departed Healy Falls headed to the marina in the town of Hastings. Only 1 lock and 15 miles but we aren’t in a hurry. We are on Island Time. Not much to Hastings but we did dinghy over to the BBQ place across the river, walked about the town, crossed over the dam where a local let me fish. I have been dying to fish but we didn’t bring any of our fishing gear along since you would need a separate license to fish in every state and country. And certainly not worth getting caught. Had a couple of good bites but didn’t land one in the few minutes that I took over his rod and reel. Passed a deer coming…

Port Trent to Ranney Falls

Posted on August 15, 2018

Wed – Fri, Aug 8-10. Arrived at the Trenton Port Marina just as the skies opened up and in the pouring rain. The dockhands were there to assist and we all were in our rain gear. The Trent Port Marina replaced an older marina and opened in 2016. Nicest marina we have been to since starting the Loop and probably in the top 3 ever. New floating docks, wide fairways, good signage that made finding the pier and slip easy, beautiful grounds with flowers, benches and art work, fabulous showers, great laundry room which was free including detergent, conveniently located with 5-10 minute walk to grocery, pharmacy, banks, liquor store, restaurants and not expensive. Ended up staying 3 nights here. Dick & Sandi on…