Saturday, September 8, 2012

Marinette to Gore Bay

Marinette to Gore Bay

Breakfast was grattus at the Comfort Inn where we could get cereal, waffles, eggs, and pastries. We drove 5 hours to get to the border at Sault Ste Marie where we were asked questions about our supplies and last trip to Canada. The border guard appeared satisfied but he also was viewing screens showing views of our car including the license plate. He may also have been investigating other data supplied through our passports. It was quick and painless.

Five hours later we we on the island of Manitoulin. Just shy of Manitoulin, in Espanola, we stopped at a good grocer, Winkels, and the OLCB for more beer and wine. We needn't have brought so much with us from Madison because Winkels had everything we needed. The OLCB even had the cordial that Betty had fallen in love with in South Africa.

Our excitement mounted as we weaved along the waters of the North Channel through Little Current and Kagawong. Once we arrived in Gore Bay, we found a note on the CYC door for us to board Air Play and stay the night. We met Ken, a sailor and friend of Ken Blodgett of CYC. he showed us good anchorages and told a great fish story about a three gilled ancient fish. This may have been a fish tale, but Ken told it with many fine details. Perhaps Ken hooked a Lake Sturgeon. I gave Ken a boat card and told him to send pictures if his Aloha sloop, which is for sale.

We had a fine meal at the octagonal building overlooking the harbor, which has changed owners and names since the reports that I had read. The trout was flavorful with good texture and not sauced. Beth and Betty had fine whitefish and Corkey ate lamb. Side vegetable were simple but delicious.
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