Culotte Cove, Newfoundland Pics!

We are currently in St. Pierre, France.   Here are some pictures as we left Bras D’Or Lake and made our way to our landfall in Newfoundland.   Our first stop was: Culotte Cove in Cinq Cerf, Newfoundland.     We were the only homo sapiens there.  No cars.  No roads.  Just unimaginable beauty.

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Pics!

 

Richard wearing his tetra hat, after a full fun day at the Alexander Graham Bell museum. Richard was inspired to be an inventor.

Baddeck Harbor

Exploring a cove at Bras D’Or Lake. This one was full of King Fisher birds.

A view of Clarke Cove at the foot of Marble Mountain.

The town at Clarke Cove.

This is Richard after taking pictures of the locks at the cross from Bras D’Or Lake to Great Bras D’Or.

Silhouette

Entering the cove where we spent two nights.

One of Bras D’Or Lake lighthouses.

Houses on an Indian Rservation Island at Bras D’Or Lake.

An Indian Reservation Island where they conduct their spiritual gathering.

Hiking at Marble Mountain, bush whacking. . There was no trail!

Pippin at the foot of Marble Mountain.

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Halifax to Baddeck!

We are in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.  We did an overnight sail from Halifax, arriving through the St Peters Canal to the Bras d’Or Lakes. It looks like a scattering of islands in a big Maine lake, trees right down to the saltwater shore, clear water,  seeing bottom easily in 15-20 feet  Spent the last few nights in different uninhibited island anchorages. We were greeted by bald eagles in the last two anchorages, and yesterday hiked up an old marble quarry that closed in the ’20’s, bush whacking through the woods and old roads, saw green snakes, etc. Had a dinghy ride up a swampy curving slough with over half a dozen birds singing and kingfishers all about. Went out to dinner at the local german expat smokehouse restaurant on the water after a 4 mile dinghy ride, only two buildings on the enclosed harbor bigger than Stage Harbor, great homemade Oktoberfest sausage, awesome smoked salmon pâté, fresh haddock and scallops, four boats of customers (10 people in all). Went through the drawbridge dividing the lakes today. Will explore Baddek and Alexander Graham Bells home and museum tomorrow. Probably head overnight to Newfoundland in a few days weather permitting, thinking of a landfall at uninhabited Cinq Cerf. The lakes are clear water easy to see bottom in 15-20 feet. Sandy mud with sparse eel grass bottom. Trees right down to the salty water like a Maine lake. Small rocks on the shore and hardly any obstructions to navigation, such as, sand bars, rocks, or shallows. Sometimes 30′ deep, 30′ from shore. Mosquitos at twilight around 9:15 so we close up at night, no black flies or bad gnats yet. Some “deer” flies and green heads. The sounds of all the birds at the same time singing over each other from the dense forest surrounding us at anchor is great. Wood peckers, terns, eagles, crows and many more I do not know the names of. Looking for deer, fox, racoon, and porcupine, but none yet.   All is well,  Pippin, Rocio and Richard

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Cape Cod to Nova Scotia

We had a nice sail down east, arriving Halifax on the 4th day. Richard and I saw a whale breach right in our wake with a loud thump as his/her body crashed into the sea. Also, saw a fin above water and the body of a 10′ shark glide slowly by to port within 20′ of Silhouette. Many sea birds, and moths in the air 100 miles offshore. The weather was great, 2′-4′ seas, beautiful moon and stars, winds behind us at 10-15 kts. We all took turns standing watch, and watching for traffic, at times among many fishing boats, and the occasional freighters and tankers. Currently enjoying a protected anchorage within walking distance of downtown Halifax, yet surrounded by summer homes, small sailing schools, and rowers in 8’s passing by. We spent a couple hours with some high latitude cruisers on the boat they built, one of which is laying on 500 days provisions and will shortly leave for Greenland to freeze-in for the winter. We are off to the Bras d’or Lakes soon. All is well. Pippin

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Four days at Sea!

A Full Moon Setting

The Sun Rising in the East reflecting its beauty in a dance with the Moon Setting in the West

We left Cape Cod on July 1st on a sunny day.   Families were out and about at the beach, kids swimming and playing.  A friend of Pippin’s, escorted us on his boat out of the harbor.  We sailed away excited to begin our journey into the open sea, not knowing all that it would be in front of us.    We spent the following four days/three nights in the open sea.   Pippin and I took turns overnight, kept watch for traffic (other boats), obstacles that we may hit (rocks/islands) and made sure that the boat was kept on course.    The experience of the ocean at night is like no other.   The water changes all the time, at times it looks like oil, almost solid on the surface.   Other times it is calm and soothing.   Other times is choppy and energetic, paying no attention to how that may affect our boat. lol.     For me, the four days at sea have marked the beginning of a transformative transition into the world of sailing and marine life.    Suddenly, the boat is beginning to take a personality of its own.   We called her Silhouette, moving with ease, finding her way to safe harbor.   Taking care of Silhouette is a focus and greatly affects our everyday experience.

We are currently at Nova Scotia, anchored in a mooring at Armdale Yatch Club.   What stands out about Nova Scotia is how incredibly friendly and generous everyone is.   We feel totally welcome to Canada and to Nova Scotia.   And it is really great to be here.   Now, we await for favorable weather to take us to Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton Island.

As we await, we are noticing how few sailboats are here in Halifax, Nova Scotia.   Yesterday noon, as we get our dinghy ready to go into town, a couple came to talk to us.   Their boat’s name was Egret.   They shared with us they have sold their house, bought this amazing power boat and have already taken it around the world twice.  They left for Norway last night.  Wow!

We then take our dinghy around the boats and as we approach Iron Bark II, its owner Trevor quickly invited us in.   We had the most amazing 2 2/1 hour conversation with Trevor and his wife Annie.   Amazing people whose inspiration is to have the smallest imprint on the planet.  They have sailed all over the world, for years, on a very small budget.   Check out their bio: http://www.thegreeninterview.com/annie-hill-bio.      Annie and Trevor were so generous with their time.  Turns out they have been to Newfoundland several times and know the island in minute detail.   Trevor shared with Pippin information about sailing in Newfoundland not found in any publication.   Annie shared with me perspectives about sailing, life and culture so profound that I still feel my body energized and so inspired by what she shared.      She lives in her own boat (26ft) in New Zealand.   She called herself a Mariner, not a sailor.   It was so juicy and awesome for me to get her perspective of sailing, as a woman.   And then to find out how accomplished of a sailor she is. . .  I feel privileged to have spent that time with her.

Trevor told us internet access gets more difficult to find as we head north to Newfoundland.   Also, fuel will be harder to find.

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Preparations

OK, so this part takes  longer than I expected.   Our tentative departure date is Wednesday June 27th, after our shakedown sail.

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Hello world!

Welcome and here we go!  This is our very first post.    We invite you to come with us on our journey to Newfoundland.   Our plan is to sail from Cape Cod to Newfoundland in 10 weeks, round trip.

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