Tuesday, July 31, 2007

More islands, anchorages, rocks.... lots & lots of pictures

We're now on a flotilla in Georgian Bay; these pictures are from Penetang and the first section of the flotilla. Here are Doug & Kathie in the afternoon sun . We took an evening cruise on the 'Georgian Queen' out of Penetanguishene Harbor- that's wind, not a punk hairdo!

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This is a view of the park & town dock at Penetanguishene. The statue represents an Indian... Native American.... First Nation... legend and honors their memory.

Here is a placard on the statue pictured above

Here is the long line of boats winding along the channel as we began the flotilla; at the left you can see the Champlain memorial. The Looper Flotilla had 22 boats between 30 and 50 feet in length, and the line was three miles long, due to spacing and speed. Plus there were numerous narrow places with multiple buoys, traffic from both directions (sometimes boats from the other direction had to wait), and *everyone* had to slow down, so the slower boats (we are one) had a chance to catch up with the convoy.

This is the memorial marker for Samuel de Champlain, the first European to explore this area. We did not get quite as close as this photo makes it seem.

A funny-looking navigation marker? Actually, this is two "range markers," one behind the other. When the two are aligned (like in this photo), then your boat is traveling exactly down the safe channel between the rocks.

The Looper Flotilla assembles in Port Rawson Bay. The first boat to anchor was the leader, Bob & Karen in their beautifully restored Hatteras 'My Bonus'.... all the other boats tied up to one side or the other until all were rafted up.

Here is a view of the Looper Flotilla anchored in Port Rawson Bay. The fleet of 22 boats tied up nearly filled up the northwestern cove of the bay. The line-up was anchored in front & back at several points.

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This is what we look like; Doug & Kathie & Hank on the aft deck of 'Winnie W' ... our next-door neighbors Jerry & Rosalie on 'Sunrise'

This is what the beautiful scenery of the anchorage looks like. There are at least a million places just as nice in this region. This is bedrock, part of the Canadian shield, formed by glaciers. The rocks have moss and lichen on them, which may decompose and form a soil so that plants and eventually trees can grow on the rocks. Dwarf cypress (two are just to the left of teh marker) grow without soil and are hundreds of years old by the time they attain more than 5 feet of height.

Beautiful scenery of the Port Rawson Bay anchorage. On the left was the shore where Hank walked and played several times a day, often with dogs from other boats. One owner was kind enough to tell us she thought Hank was "sweet" and played well with her dominant lady dog!

Hanks is not really a water dog, when compared to a Chesapeake Bay Retriever (which we know well), but he needs exercise and he likes joining in the fun.

This is the waterfall at Moon River, more of a steep rapids than waterfall perhaps, but it is a beautiful spot. The Looper Flotilla took a long dinghy ride (some made it into a race) from the anchorage. Kathie rode with Jerry and Rosalie while Doug and Hank stayed to work (Doug), play (Hank), and relax (both).

Another excursion ashore for Hank. This is getting to be "business as usual" for him. You can see that he is not afraid of getting in the dinghy.

Party time and home-made music: the Looper Flotilla is entertained (in more ways than one) by musicians Doug & Jerry aboard 'Sunrise.'

We're having a great time, continuing onward with the flotilla this week We hope that you all are well & happy-
Doug & Kathie

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