Not a particularly good sailing day…

Yesterday morning we were awakened by the loud (almost prehistoric?) squawking of a sandhill crane about 20 feet from our stern. And you thought alarm clocks were annoying? They do make us laugh…

And so, once we had a bit of breakfast, we left Harbor Island (just north of Drummond Island), and headed north to check through Canadian Customs at Hilton Beach Marina on St. Joseph Island. We learned through a blog comment (an apparent favorable anchor swing at Harbor that gave our iPad enough of a signal to actually download a message) that sailing/cruising friends from Montreal, Ann and Jorma, had just arrived at their farm atop St. Joseph Island. Checking into Canada at Hilton Beach allowed us an opportunity to spend an evening together. 

We had dinner aboard Annwfn; Jorma restocked Ron with beer and Ann brought fresh rhubarb from their farm for me. Wonderful stuff, since my plant at home has not yet taken off (more compost, I think). It was a delightful time catching up with dear friends who are like family…

We were awake early this morning–we made a big breakfast, took showers, and spent time on the marina wifi before leaving, checking the weather. The US forecast differs from the Canadian forecast, but neither one is showing anything heavy or threatening. However, as the photo above indicates, perhaps the US forecast of light winds (variable under 5 knots) may be more accurate than the NE 15 Environment Canada is forecasting. For now, we are anchored at Portlock, behind Bedford Island, where we should have good protection should winds increase. Now, to see if there are fish here…

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