O Canada!

Saturday morning, our weather window for crossing Lake Ontario still looked good (excellent?). We locked down a final 8 feet, and we were motoring out the pierheads at Oswego, NY by 0800. Friends had warned us not to cross if there were seagulls huddled on the pier-head. We saw none. I guess that was a good sign!

Our crossing was uneventful. Winds were light NE, occasionally enough for a few whitecaps, but then the wind would lighten again.

This large dragonfly held on tight the entire trip across Lake Ontario!

To shorten our day, we decided rather than going straight to Trenton, we’d enter the Bay of Quinte at the east end, check into Canadian Customs at Picton, and then anchor for the night. Although Picton has a Government Dock, we discovered what a problem the high water levels are creating all through the Great Lakes area. By the time we were able to check through using the CANPASS number, and then moved up into Hay Bay to anchor (our first anchorage in this boat!), we might as well have gone the long way around and straight into Trenton. Oh well. We enjoyed a beautiful, quiet evening.

On Sunday we cruised to Trenton, Ontario. We have secured a slip for the next two weeks at Trent Port Marina. (Beautiful marina with the nicest showers, laundry and boater’s lounge we’ve experienced!) We are renting a car and will return home for family matters and my father’s memorial service next week. Trenton is the “Gateway to the Trent Severn Waterway.” We plan to meet up with good sailing friends (both of us with trawlers now) and will begin the next portion of our summer cruise the last week in June. I’m hoping that this next piece feels more like a summer cruise than a boat delivery!

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