We anchored out a couple of nights in the Bras d’Or Lakes and it was really nice – kind of like being in the North Channel without the granite! There are all sorts of inlets and islands to anchor and the swimming is really nice. The water is brackish so you can taste the salt but it looks really clean and we don’t have to worry about the tides and other ocean hazards. Below are some pictures of the area. The picture with the boat and the rainbow behind it was taken last night in Baddeck and the rest were taken while we were on our way here.
We had an interesting time in a narrow channel the other day. We watched a huge yacht come toward us and we wondered what they were going to do. Well, the yacht blew his horn and it just about made us jump! We immediately changed our course and avoided “disaster”! Of course, the captain of the Split Crow was not too pleased as he felt that he was in the right, so he decided that he was going to radio the yacht and give him a piece of his mind. So, he radioed over and said, “Nice horn you’ve got there!”. He really told him! 🙂
Here are some pictures of the yacht and of our anchorage near Marble Mountain.
We arrived in Baddeck and picked up a mooring buoy then rowed ashore to Baddeck Marine. We wandered around the town – it is really pretty with lots of restaurants and shops. There are tons of boats here as there is a sailing regatta on. When we got to the wharf, we wondered if anyone could dock there and asked the wharf manager. He said that as long as there was room, we were welcome to tie up so that is what we did.
The last set of pictures is of the happenings on and around the wharf. The Amoeba, a sailing tour boat, is shown coming into the harbour. There are also a bunch of little boats racing around and they are quite interesting to watch. The funniest thing though are the kids that keep jumping off the wharf. One little guy kept saying to his buddy, “Watch this! I’m going to do a 420 and I’ll show you how it’s done!” Then, he would run and jump of the wharf and do a little twirl, splash and come back up and do it again. The two pictures of those kids are not as spectacular as the acrobatics that they did over and over… 🙂
We will probably be here for a few days. We are going to go to the Alexander Graham Bell museum sometime and maybe rent a car to tour the area.
That’s all the news for today!