Friday, February 26, 2010

Anchorage at Gilman Bay on Georgian Bay

After spending two days in Parry Sound waiting for the winds to die down, we were all off to a completely new destination - Gilman Bay.
 Yes, it was nice to have two days of showering in a real, warm water shower at the marina (instead of the Bay swim showers) for a change, but also nice to getting out to rough it. And by roughing it, I mean having pretty much every comfort of home on the boat except hot showers ;-)

 This is the Rose Point swing bridge which is just before/after Parry Sound, when coming through South Chanel. It operates every hour, on the hour throughout the day for those vessels too big to pass under it. It's owned and operated by the First Nations peoples of Parry Island;
Swing bridge at Parry Sound, Georgian Bay

Some pretty scenery along South Chanel as we head back to the main Small Craft Route - about 12 miles each way;
South Channel, out of Parry Sound

World famous Henrys Fish Restaurant
  Traveling past Henry's Restaurant, southbound; 
LeBlanc's Store in Sans Souci area of Georgian Bay
 Boogaboo & the Maple Leaf made a quick pit stop at LeBlancs store for ice cream;  
Handing off ice cream from one Sundancer to another
 OK, so I admit it. Maybe this wasn't one of my best conceived plans, but Anchor Girl was able to successfully pass over the ice cream cones to the waiting Water Wings crew in a busy, tight harbour, just off the Small Craft Route, in a strong breeze. Not to mention it was melting fast - all over the boat;  
 Back on our way and heading into brand new territory of the Moon Islands to discover the beauty and serenity of this area;
 

Here's a great shot of the Maple Leaf and Boogaboo as we cruised towards Gilman Bay. Ellie took this shot using Sanja's camera while aboard SunAria for the trip in;  
Here's another, taken a short time later;
A 1936 'Taylor Craft' boat

Anchor Girl enjoys the scenic ride in;  
Now here's a cool sequence of photos, all taken within seconds of each other, just after we got secured at the anchorage - from two different cameras. And guess what? Not one of them was mine.
At anchor with the gang
 The first one Anchor Girl took looking towards our neighbor's boats;

And then a quick look over to yours truly (complete with big, toothy smile), enjoying the first ice cold one of the day;
Enjoying an ice cold beer after the day of traveling

Finally, one that Sanja took looking back towards me standing there with my beer and smiling mug;
  
A beautiful view of our anchorage in Gilman Bay, in the Moon River area of Georgian Bay
I know I say it allot, but this truly is a beautiful spot. I hope to visit it again one day.
A long shot of our boats nestled in close to Moon Island. And you know what? Even from this vantage point, I still don't see that elevator on the island . . .
 
Always trying to help out, C.F. gets to work on retrieving a leader and lure from the Maple Bud's outboard prop;
  
Here's poor Billi Sue having a 'Pugsley moment' after not seeing the little guy (no, Wevvy, I'm talking about the OTHER little guy) for a week. Feeling sorry, I took over Wilbur and Festsquirrel as surrogate Pugsley's;
 
Vote Renzi!
 
Man - how nice is this?!?!?
Thank you.
 

The Maple Leaf had to take off early and head back to Port Severn for a crew exchange.No problem, as we simply untied their boat, let them out and pulled Water Wings and SunAria back together. Easy as apple pie with ice cream;  
See you, Miss Ellie! We'll meet you guys back in Port Severn in a few days!!
 
All eyes on the Commodore as I retrieve Water Wings' dinky. For some strange reason, it seemed to have come dislodged from the side of Boogaboo, where it had been previously firmly attached. Good thing someone noticed drifting away;  
A lovely evening shot, overlooking the Three Ray's bows;
 
As Mr. Von Analus goes sleepy-sleepy for the night, we leave Gilman Bay with dreams of the next installment of this heavenly spot;