The adventures of Jim & Mary on America's Great Loop.
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tobermory & Kilarney, Ontario
Tuesday we arrived in Tobermory, the town surrounds the docks, so everything is within walking distance. We had a late lunch at the "Fish & Chips" place. Good food and a great view of the Marina.
Check out this 65' yacht, it's called "Momousse", it's from Montreal. I am going to google the name to see if it is a company. I saw 3 large screen TVs when I walked past, all were on. I'd hate to pay for fuel in that.
There is a ton of rock cliffs that surround this part of the Georgian bay. The Tobermory islands are covered with a forest of cedar, white pine, spruce, birch, tamarack, balsam fir, mountain ash, and trembling aspen. Some of the cedars clinging to the cliffs are among the oldest living trees in the world, over 1500 years of age. Geological studies have found some that were 1,862 years old.
Birds around the island include gulls, double-breasted cormorants, red-breasted ducks, loons, great blue herons, osprey, great black-backed gulls, and an occasional bald eagle.
Wed. morning we took off for Killarney, which is further North, it is the farthest North that we will go. This whole area is just unbelievable, so much beauty, I wish I had a wide angle lens adapter for my camera. Again the pictures just don't capture how magnificent it is. In Killarney the rock is mostly granite, slabs upon slabs. We took the dinghy out for a ride in the bay and channel, water was pretty cold, I can't imagine being up here in the winter.