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SEVERN TO PENETANGUISHENE, ONTARIO
Judy and I were awakened about 7 am with the sound of engines and
whirring bow thrusters. I peered out the salon window to see “Lazy Susan”
repositioning. Still half asleep,
I didn’t recognize Ivor at the wheel. I
also couldn’t understand why he was moving around. As I laid back into bed, all of a sudden, there was banging,
clashing, and crashing of our deck table and chairs. I jumped back up from bed to see the wind blowing at 50 or 60
miles per hour. I hopped into my
pants and shirt and rushed outside to see Ivor attempting to re-dock his boat
along the blue line wall. A huge
roll cloud was screaming overhead and these horrendous winds were emanating
from it. As I rushed over to the
wall, Ivor had realized that these powerful gusts could easily harm his boat.
He backed off and held away from the dock until the violent gusts
subsided. Within a few minutes,
we had him tied securely to the blue line.
Too much excitement and too early in the morning.
He had wanted to be first through the lock at 8:30 am and thought the
early calmness was good time to reposition.
I must say that I have not seen a roll cloud like that one in many
years. It preceded a strong
thunderstorm that, fortunately, passed just south of our position.
Soon, all was relatively calm again.
Ivor and Dan took their boats through on the first locking while Judy
and I waited some more time. I
wanted to be sure that we would not get caught out in any nasty weather.
We sure were not in any big rush to go anywhere.
We received a call from Beacon Bay Marina in Penetanguishene informing
us that they had found us a slip dock for the night.
We had not expected to go there until the Monday but this would work
out even better. We cast off the dock and by 12:45, we had completed the final
lock along the Trent Severn Waterway.
Lock #45 is the final descent into the Lower Georgian Bay.
Through the narrows of “Potato Channel” and across the end of the
bay, we motored into the mouth of Penetanguishene Bay.
At the southern basin, we entered Beacon Bay Marina.
All marinas monitor channel 68 on the VHF radio.
This is different from the USA. With
a simple call, we had summoned the help of several dockhands and received
detailed directions to our assigned slip.
The marinas are wonderfully responsive and offer a level of personal
customer service unparalleled anywhere that I know of.
We have one of the nicest slips and locations in the marina.
We will be here for the week while we attend the “America’s Great
Loop Cruising Association” (AGLCA) annual Canadian Rendezvous. (7/17-7/20).
You will learn more as the update continues throughout the week.
We strolled around the marina meeting and greeting with resident
boaters, as well as, boaters and friends that we had already met somewhere
along the waterways that have led us here.
This morning marks the first day of activities at the AGLCA Rendezvous.
The morning activities consisted merely of registration and casual
socializing. The afternoon
highlight was a bus tour of the local area, downtown shopping, and a visit to
the famous “Shrine of the Martyrs”.
Many years ago, hostile Indians in this region murdered six Catholic
priests. For their sacrifice, the
priests received martyrdom. A
shrine has been erected in their remembrance and many of the faithful come
here to worship and seek special healings.
During our visit, a senior priest gave us a quite complete rendition of
the history and activities during those early times among warring tribes.
The building itself was quite fascinating.
In the evening, Bob and Karen Jantz, of Beacon Bay Marina, hosted a
wonderful wine and cheese party at the Penetanguishene Museum.
A delightful talk by the curator enlightened us all about the long and
wonderful history of this somewhat rural area.
The museum has some nice displays of local period artifacts and
memorabilia. I am sure that
everyone had a wonderful evening.
The continental style breakfast at 7:30 am started everything in a good
way. The new, large storage
building had been prepared with tables and chairs for the group seminars as
well as the center of activities including most meals.
Each participant had the opportunity to introduce him or herself and
give a brief commentary of their experiences and/or plans and dreams.
We enjoyed this opportunity to become better acquainted with our fellow
Presentations followed that included:
“Cruising the Lower Georgian Bay” and “Cruising the North
Channel”. Lunch was served
during the intermission.
Each Looper vessel had the opportunity to offer an “Open-House”
viewing of their boat to others. Dubbed
as the “Looper Crawl”, the event was intended to help others get ideas on
layout and equipment to enhance their own plans for purchases or improvements.
Many attendees have not yet acquired their vessels so this event was of
great interest. AMARSE was in
Group B and available for viewing. Judy
and I were somewhat surprised at how few boats were offering viewings.
Apparently, at some previous events, some quests were less than polite
and a little bit overbearing. This
gave the event a poor reputation and so many shied away this time.
We were pleased with the quests that we had visiting our boat and
enjoyed sharing our joy in AMARSE with others.
Judy and I are convinced that AMARSE is the ideal boat for us to be
enjoying this terrific trip aboard.
Dinner was billed as BBQ (Canadian Style).
I’m not sure how much difference there was, but I think they
explained it that way to avoid any misconception that it was a Texas BBQ.
It was quite good. A
talent show followed. Most of the
talent in this group consisted of a joke telling session.
Lots of laughs, even at jokes we had heard many times before.
A hot breakfast buffet started the morning off just right.
The scheduled seminars covered topics such as:
“Cruising Lake Michigan” and “River Navigation 101”.
Following lunch on our own, we enjoyed an open forum session and had
Q&A sessions with electrical and diesel technical experts.
Very informative and enjoyable.
The special event for the late afternoon was the “infamous” poker
run in the dinghies. The boaters
were to man their inflatable vessels and motor to several locations to receive
a playing card. After picking up
five cards, the dinghy crew with the best poker hand would be the winner.
The real fun is to douse your fellow boaters with water from huge
squirt guns and with buckets full of water or any other conceivable method to
utterly soak the other teams. What
great fun we had and there was not a dry spot on anyone.
Isn’t it great when (so called) adults are acting like kids playing
We topped of the evening with a Pot Luck Dinner.
My compliments to all the contributors.
The food was delicious and the variety was extensive.
A continental breakfast preceded the morning seminar covering “River
Specifics: Mississippi, Cumberland, and Tennessee Rivers”.
The weather cooperated for the group photographs taken on the knoll at
An informative session on Ontario Marine Operations, the included
luncheon, and a special Ladies'/Men's session where each group individually
addressed issues specific to either gender or crew position, completed the
educational aspect of this Rendezvous.
At 4:15, the bus took us to town for browsing, shopping, or whatever.
We met back at the town pier to be welcomed aboard the “Georgian
Queen”, a local sightseeing boat.
We were treated to a cruise of the local bays and served a dinner
choice of Chicken Breast or Steak. The
food was quite delicious. A jazz
type group played their tunes for all to enjoy.
Special awards were presented to special interests and some were quite
comical. This was a delightful culmination to a wonderful gathering of
Loopers at the Rendezvous.
FRIDAY PENETANGUISHENE, ONTARIO
The official proceedings of the Rendezvous were over and some of the
participants were leaving the marina this morning.
Fortunately, the marina had made a slip available for us to use through
Saturday night. AMARSE was due
for some routine maintenance and this was the perfect day for it.
We were able to locate some of the exact type of oil that AMARSE’s
Lehman engines use. We raised the
floorboards and proceeded to change all the oils and filters in both the
engines and the generator. We
added new zincs to the heat exchangers.
The marina informed us that we would have to move to another slip in
the afternoon. Seems that the
resident boater from our slip was returning unexpectedly due to damage to his
propellers. We have observed at
least a half dozen other boats with damaged propulsion during the week and a
large number of similar incidents since arriving in these complex waters.
While relocating, we fueled up our tanks with diesel and readied AMARSE
for the upcoming travels. Diesel
fuel is sold by the Liter in Canada. The
equivalent price well exceeds four dollars a gallon.
Ivor and Susan from “Lazy Susan” joined us for dinner at Captain
Ken’s Restaurant. We all
selected from the seafood side of the menu and, unanimously, we enjoyed the
SATURDAY PENETANGUISHENE, ON
Beacon Bay Marina, again, generously loaned us a vehicle to go shopping
for supplies. Actually, Ron and Gorde, from “Purely Social” had made
two of their vehicles available for the Loopers to use. These fine folks have completed the loop trip twice already.
Beacon Bay is their homeport. Thanks
Ron and Gorde. The managers and
owners made their personal vehicles, as well as the company vehicles,
available for the convenience of the boaters.
We stocked up and spent the remainder of the day relaxing and preparing
for the upcoming week of travel.
A group of us obtained tickets to a 50’s Rock N’ Roll concert.
The music group was the “Martels”.
Perhaps you remember some of their hits such as “I’m Going to
Kansas City, Kansas City Here I Come, They’ve Got Some Pretty Little Women
There and I’m Gonna Get Me One”. We
had a ball just sing along and dancing to the oldies.
We had a visit from Elvis, who is obviously still alive and living in
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building!
Tomorrow, we depart on a 25 boat “Flotilla” taking us all through
the 30,000 Islands region of the Georgian Bay.
We are all excited about traveling together through this spectacular
area of immense natural beauty.
ATTENTION: SPECIAL NOTE:
As you can see, we are still in Canada.
My Verizon AirCard that operates my computer internet will not operate
in Canada. We will be sending
this out when we can find a WiFi hotspot.
These locations are few and far between.
Our internet capability will be extremely limited for close to two
months. This may be the last
update for a while. If and when I can, I will post what is available.
Judy’s phone will be out of service in Canada.
Fred’s phone will be available throughout the trip in Canada.
I have North American Service and hopefully it will be OK. We can be reached at 210-296-4933.
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