Awoke here in Cape Vincent at the dock to find our boat absolutely covered in tiny gnat like bugs – EVERYWHERE. The lights at the dock attracted them and they all took up residence aboard, including huge spider webs with newly fat spiders smacking their lips! We brushed off what we could so we could sit down on the fly bridge and took off for Gananoque, Canada via the Wolfe Cut into the Admiralty Islands, all part of the Thousand Islands, listening for that pounding from the engine room.
|Arriving in Canadian waters!!|
After many trials at different RPMs, and in discussion with the folks at the Marina who did the work, we finally decided all was well….Could not replicate that noise again. VHF still doesn’t work, however….At least, as we go up the Rideau Canal and onward until coming to Lake Champlain, we can probably SCREAM and someone on shore will hear us in the locks and canals, so guess we’ll be OK till after that.
|In the Thousand Islands, Canada|
We'd thrown overboard my herbs and scrubbed the pots (no soil allowed into the country) and I only sweated the booze. Andy was very honest, somewhat dumb...."How many liters of liquor sir?" Answer: "What's a liter?" A back and forth with Andy telling Customs we had some cases of wine and a lot of liters of booze, all opened bottles - all ship's stores just for us and "How Do We Measure Exactly What We Have?" Suddenly, no more conversation about booze and we were cleared. Baffle one with bullshit and sometimes one wins. We declared it all and went on, no $$ charged to us.
|Fire Hydrant in Gananoque|
|Canadians have a great sense of humor-- marina in Gananoque|
We took off for the town so the guys could reward themselves with ice cream. I bet after this trip Chase and Andy will have spent a zillion dollars on ice cream and gained 10 pounds each. Chase could use the weight, but not Andy! There seems to be a contest between them to see which town will make the best ice cream! With the both of them the JUDGE and JURY of course.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Our little detour into the Thousand Islands is very nice. These islands are actually about 1,800 islands, most now privately owned with beautiful homes, cottages, etc on them. By coming up into these islands, instead of direct over to Kingston, we avoided clearing Customs in Kingston, where we probably would have been boarded as a major Customs House is there. A potential hassle we did not want! This detour also is very scenic. Islands of granite outcrops with steep faces and lots of forests in between the rock dot the entire section, including the Bateau Channel we cruised through on our way to Kingston.. Beautiful that all this is, one must realize that because these islands were once mountain PEAKS, water depths between them can change abruptly ..i.e. from 50 feet to 0 feet! We nervously traveled very very slowly, even in the channel. Many of the Canadian buoys, new to us, are small, narrow and hard to see.
|Beautiful, but lots of rocks and often shallow spots|
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Lucky for us, we arrived yesterday in time to snag tickets to the Sunset Ceremony at Ft. Henry. This Fort was recently designated a World Heritage UNESCO site – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The Ft. Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad and Artillery Detachment marched with bugles, fifes and drums pounding away the military music.. Much ceremony – historically correct to 1867 and so very interesting….muskets fired, bayonets were fixed, cannons were primed and shot, smells of gunpowder everywhere!
|Ft. McHenry reenactment begins!|
|Chase with the mascot|
|Marching while under fire!|
|This entire event was spectacular!|
|God help them all with that equipment & those strategies|
|Fire away -- wait wait while stuffing the cannon!!|
|Andy, Sharon & Chase|
We caught the local Farmer’s Market, again buying tasty vegetables and fruits – so delicious! We got into quite a discussion at the City Hall with others taking the tour and the tour guide comparing the Canadian and American legislative branches, etc. Fascinating! Wish I had some history books aboard!