September 10, Sunday from Wrights Marina in Britt to Little Current, ON
We started around 8:30 with a grand goal to make it all the way to Little Current, a town all travelers must pass through to continue into the North Channel of Lake Huron. It was a stretch goal, but it would mean we can do our last Canadian provisioning before heading to the US. Dirk needs his Canadian Maple Leaf cookies and an O Henry bar!
Fortunately the weather and wind was with us. The Georgian Bay was smooth and we were outside of Little Current in less than 8 hours. Unfortunately we had to wait for a swinging bridge to open on the hour but got to the town marina a little after 5pm and took care of the tie up by ourselves – we are getting pretty good at lassoing cleats! The marinas are pretty deserted now and the remaining dock hands have short hours.
We walked through the quiet but cute town – everything was closed – and I found where I can buy groceries in the morning. The restaurant recommended by other boaters was a little pricy, so back to the boat for a veggie chili dinner with burger on the side for Dirk.
At this point I want to mention that there are beautiful cruising channels in the Georgian Bay and later in the North Channel that we won’t be visiting due to the delays we’ve had along the way and our need to travel to Florida on September 27th for our grandson’s birthday. We’ve learned that Lake Michigan can get pretty stormy this time of year, and since we don’t feel safe or happy traveling in rough weather, we need to leave plenty of extras days in our schedule for “weather days”. So that is why we are happy to put in long days for distance in this otherwise great place to visit.