A much better day was had by all. Yesterday was a boater’s dream.
It started off with a lazy morning, enjoying coffee and reading emails and newspapers in the idyllic setting of Lakefield. Tired bones were rested after the gruelling day.
We set sail in sunny but slightly windy conditions. We are now in ’cottage country’. Canadians have a different meaning of ’cottage’ to Australians. I think of a shack, a modest dwelling used as a holiday home… not so, the Canadians. There are modest holiday homes, however, there are amazingly huge mansions with all the accoutrements of playthings for the rich and famous. One ’cottage’ even had a water plane tethered to its pier. And to think these homes are used as holiday bolts for a couple of months of the year!
The scenery is drop-dead gorgeous. The islands are scattered with shoals and boulders hiding just beneath the surface. The channels are well marked and circuitous. Many times Mark had to navigate with caution close to islands. I wisely chose to relinquish the helm.
We saw a church on an island, where the parishioners attend by boat. So cool!
We tied up to the upper wall of the Lovesick Lock with two other boats. We are an international flotilla: Aussies, Canadians and Americans, with a Scotsman from the lower wall. We enjoyed docktails with a gorgeous view. And after dinner, we resumed our socialising around the blazing fire pit, courtesy of Parks Canada.
I have been on bear watch since arriving in Canada. Although I did not see one, it was a good day.
Such is Life!