made it to Sarnia.
Environment Canada predicted
clear skies and fair winds, so we sailed out of Kincardine at dawn. Our destination
was Bayfield Ontario.
Bayfield was founded
in 1832 by the Dutch nobleman Carel Lodewijk Baron Tuyll van Serooskerken,
who established grist and lumbermills. Luckily, the village was named for
the nautical surveyor Henry Wolsey Bayfield.
Mike fondly remembered
Bayfield as a quiet and quaint little village. He spent several summers here
35 years ago visiting his friends Blaire and Aud Bender, who owned the Red
Pump Inn. It was the perfect little Inn with a very few tables and additional
seating in the front yard when weather permitted. In that yard was also located
the famous Red Pump.
Well, all things change.
Blaire and Aud are gone and the new owners of the Inn have "improved" it to
the extent of removing the old building and replacing it with a much larger
one "built along the same lines". The front yard was replaced by a gift shop,
and the red pump has been moved next to the sidewalk. The village is busier
now and many of the old brick buildings remain.
We left Bayfield while
the stars still covered the skies, followed out the river by a commercial
net fishing boat. We were alone sailing on the dark lake. The day's sail to
the industrial city of Sarnia at the bottom of Lake Huron is to be our last
for a while. We entered the St. Clair River and will travel to Winsor - Detroit
Lighthouse photos through out our site are
of ones we passed and relied on for safe navigation.