The water pump onboard Viridian was put to the test and passed with honors. Let's hope this is the last posting on that subject.
Rain was predicted in the Lakefield area this morning and we did see a few drops of rain, off and on, but the cloud cover made for nice cruising conditions. Today's Passage took us on a fantastic cruise through 20 miles of the Hell's Gate region that included only 3 locks. The water was crystal clear and the entire river bed is in what is called the "Canadian Shield", a solid granite area that makes for great views but very few anchoring opportunities.
The four boat flotilla of Viridian, Dash Away, Gypsy Spirit and Miss Norma sailed 20 miles to Reach Marina where we were just in time for a beer sampling offered by a local micro brewery. After a quick nap, Tim and Ramie of Miss Norma invited us onboard their Ranger Tug for an expertly prepared meal and good fellowship.
Most of the time we have been in Canada I have had this song stuck in my head. It's a song that my Grandmother would play on the piano when I was a child. It's called "The Maple Leaf Rag". I wonder if it was inspired by the Canadian Flag?
That's the news and here are some views:
We are here
Docked at Lakefield Marina Ontario
Walk to town in Lakefield
Viridian, Dash Away, Gypsy Spirit and Miss Norma cruising away from Lakefield
Lock attendants at one of the three locks we did today
Cruising across Clear Lake
Entering Hell's Gate on the TSW
These are only a fraction of the pictures we took in this area. The iinternet is very poor here so we are limited
Tour boat in the lock. Its bow folds up so it can fit
Captain Mike of Dash Away
Captains Tim and Ramie of Miss Norma
Ringo, Ships Dog on Miss Norma
Captains Tim and Ramie of Miss Norma Prepared a fabulous dish of Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, Fresh Peach Pie with Ice Cream and Salad
Another beautiful day on the TSW