Monday, July 23, 2007

Getting back in touch

Shortly after leaving Orillia a few days back, we had to stop & wait for a train!

For some bridges, we'd consider folding down the mast & antennaes; the Winnie W has a minimum clearance (sometimes called "air draft" in contrast to water draft) of 12'. This bridge was too low for that trick to work, so we waited.

However we didn't have to wait very long, and the bridge tender was very friendly. He let us know that he'd seen us waiting, appreciated our patience, and opened the bridge for the Winnie W and Tom-Kat as soon as he could.

Info for cruisers coming to Canada: lock & bridge keepers here do not have radios.

I guess some islands don't float. Fortunately this one still shows just a tiny bit above the water, and the helpful navigation people did put a sign on it. Our friends Bob & Sue on 'Tom-Kat' are navigating properly around this rocky channel.

One of the best things about cruising is a mellow anchorage and a beautiful sunset. You have a finite number of sunsets to enjoy, this was one of the best.

There are other things to enjoy in this anchorage... it was a GREAT swimming spot. Doug likes to check out the hull, prop, & rudder... it's that work ethic thing, can't just relax and have fun! Or it could be that he thinks the goggles make him look cool.

More scenery on the western part of the Trent-Severn Waterway, actually this was along the Severn River. Winnie W proudly flies the "Looper" flag. And you can see more of the rocks that motivate Doug to keep checking out the hull, prop, & rudder.

Today we are in the big city.... Penetanguishene, Ontario! (link to MapQuest) One of the metropolitan benefits is that we now have internet access and can begin catching up on this blog.

Penetang is right next door to Midland, both are popular bases for cruisers & sailors on Georgian Bay, Lake Huron. This is said to be one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world, and coming from the scenic Trent-Severn Waterway that is saying a lot. We have been looking forward to this section of the trip since long before we started.

Thanks to you all for your patience in our slow updates, and your interest in our progress.

Sincere best wishes-
Doug & Kathie

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for msintaining your blog. I try to check daily. Having sailed on Lake Huron I thought this whole loop experience was interesting. Now I get to see it through your eyes and the eyes of TomKat. Cliff Shimmel, Wake Forest, NC