Co-Captains Log – July 25, 2016. Arichat to Canso Harbour

Air temp:  18 c

Water temp:  68.9 f

Wind: 2km NE

Fog with sun trying to emerge

Depart Arichat at 12:51

When we woke up this morning it was foggy.  Not like any fog we have seen on this trip.  It was pea soup foggy.

Foggy morning in Arichat
Foggy morning in Arichat
No fog... for a minute before it rolls back in anyway.
No fog… for a minute before it rolls back in anyway.
Less foggy
Foggy again.
Fog in Arichat
Fog in Arichat

So we decided we’d stick around for a bit.

All morning the fog seemed to come and go in waves.

There was another transient at the dock with us last night, Peter and his wife traveling from Halifax on a sailboat.  We chatted for a while and he provided some favourite harbours and anchorages along the coast heading toward Halifax.  We love local knowledge.

Since we were hanging out anyway, Doug used the time to put the spontaneouscruiser.com stickers on both sides of the boat.  25 years ago Doug installed vinyl lettering and striping, so our DIY project is of professional quality.

Doug adding the SpontaneousCruiser.com sticker.
Doug adding the SpontaneousCruiser.com sticker.

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At 12:51 we untied and headed out.  We had two routes made in our chart plotter as depending on the fog once we got underway we would either head around Isle Madame into Samson Cove which we think would position us close to Pebble and Fern Market Garden (so we can take the kids) or we would head across Chedabucto Bay to Canso Harbour.

We got out of the harbour and fog started to roll in again, so to Canso it was.

It was an easy, short passage and soon we were entering into Canso.

Entering Canso
Entering Canso

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OMG it is beautiful entering this area. (Pictures just don’t tell the story my eyes watched)

We are now fully to the Atlantic coast.

I love the Ocean so much.

We pulled in and tied up at Cape Canso Marina, a quaint, sheltered harbour.  (Quaint is how real estate agents promote small)  I’d guess less then twenty boats could stay here.

Canso Marina
Canso Marina
SpontaneoUs in Canso Marina
SpontaneoUs in Canso Marina

We needed a full grocery store to do a proper provision since we are completely out of fresh veggies, fruit and all meat.  Yep, we’ve had lots of bean salads lately.  So Doug and I got grocery bags and head out.

Before we were out of the driveway, a gentleman stopped and offered us a ride.  He spends the summer in his trailer at the RV park adjacent to the Marina and winters in Halifax.

So to the grocery store we went.  (Before we left, kylie confirmed we were ‘just getting groceries and were coming right back’). Their grocery store is a co-op, shares owned by the citizens.  They get dividends every year.  Nice!

When we finished shopping that sweet man was waiting for us to give us a lift back.  Gotta love small town hospitality.  We are so appreciative.

We got the kids ready and went searching for a beach.  We didn’t really find a good one without rocks so went for a walk in town instead.  The area is beautiful.  It’s a shame there hasn’t been an industry to replace cod fishing because you can see the town has declined.  There are many commercial buildings empty.

View from top of hill in Canso
View from top of hill in Canso
Another view.
Another view.
About Canso
About Canso

After our walk, I did some laundry and shortly after dinner we hit the hay.

Thanks for following.

TL

 

 

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