Thursday, 30 July 2015

Bobcaygeon to Lake Simcoe to Echo Bay

Arrived to the boat at 1:30am Sunday morning after attending a fantastic wedding. Congrats to Erika and Adam Cain!  We were so excited to start our journey that we untied from the dock that night and took a very pleasant evening cruise to Bobcaygeon. We arrived at 4am and when we awoke we were surprised so see 5 other Loopers also waiting to go through Bobcaygeon Lock. While we were preparing to lock through we heard a "Hi y'all."  We met Jonathon and Rosa from "Salty." This will be their third time travelling the loop. We also met Mark and Pam from "Sea Bear." Dave and Penny from  "Penny Pinchin." Jack and Jane from "Spirit," Mike and Jana from "Lady J."

We travelled as far as Thorah Lock that day.  The locks were so busy it took longer than normal but nice to see all the boats out using our Trent system. The next day we stayed at a cottage that was rented by Steve's Sisters family on Lake Simcoe. The winds were calm so it was easy to anchor out in front of the cottage. We used the kayak and tied it to the side of the boat. When we awoke in the morning it was gone. We searched the shore thinking it would have blown in but we found it floating in the middle of the lake.
Once we had our kayak back on board we were off.  Another busy day so Big Chute Marine railway was as far as we travelled.  We were on our way again at first lock on Tuesday morning.  Stayed at one of our favourite anchorages in Georgian Bay just South of Parry Sound, Echo Bay.  The geese there are so tame they were eating out of my hand.  I have a terrible fear of birds so this was a feat only accomplished with a little help from my friend wine.  The geese weren't even afraid of Dexter.  
Today we fueled up in Parry Sound and tucked in to Regatta Bay just North of there.  We will stay put here to wait out a couple of windy days and then float to Killarney "One Bay at a Time."

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