Log August 13-14, 2005
It was a brisk 43-mile
motorsail into the rain and high winds from Meldrum to Gore Bay.
The Bay extends deeply
into the north face of
Manitoulin Island. The wind
and waves calmed once we traveled beyond the Janet Head lighthouse.
The town of Gore Bay
is a delightful outpost arranged along the main street.
is banned in the entire
The social heart of the
town is Shirley's
Beauty Shop and Shirley herself.
A mural in center of
town depicts Gore Bay of 1890. Two additional highlights are the well-stocked
healthfood store and the terrific Rocky Raccoon's restaurant overlooking the
As we have
traveled north, we've noted the gradual change in flora and fauna. Snail Harbor
in Upper Michigan held the first pair of bald eagles and otters. Deer can
be found everywhere, but nowhere as commonly as in the Indiana Duneland. The
percentage of conifers to hardwoods showed a gain, which has continued to
increase as we traveled north. Mackinac Island displayed a mix of pine, hemlock,
black locust, aspen, maple and red oak. Manitoulin Island still has hardwoods,
but conifers are in the majority. The wildflowers throughout have remained
most constant with white Queen
Ann's Lace, blue Chicory, and yellow Yarrow.
Lighthouse photos through out our site are
of ones we passed and relied on for safe navigation.