A day in the Benjamins


Benjamins (1 of 1)

Our first night in the Benjamins had a wind coming out of the west.  Just enough to allow small waves to find all of our boats on the bow, allowing for the fairly loud cacophony of water bumping up against the boats in our V-Berth.  As such, a lot of the evening was spent awake or in a bit of an interim sleep.  We woke to a nice rainfall however which made the morning very relaxing, and once that once past, the skies turned gloriously clear for our next day of activities.  Once everyone was up and had their coffee, it was time for a major dinghy ride around the Benjamins to see the scenery and equally important, to see how creative people get when finding anchorages.

Everyone had a GREAT time, finding all kinds of pathways in the Benjamins, as well as numerous hideaway’s on Fox island.  I had a great time fine tuning the prop on my dinghy, running it over a shoal on plane, which resulted in a finely tuned performance prop with a very well-defined shear on the edge of the prop blades!!  As of this morning the replacement prop is on order……

So after a couple of outings on the Dinghy’s, we all settled in for some great sunset photos and plans to wake up the next morning to see the Perseid Meteor Shower at 3:00 AM.

Benjamins - Sunset (1 of 1)

We had rather ambitious plans to get up and dinghy over to the shore, walk over to a big rock outcropping we had found, and lie there looking up into the night skies.

Benjamins - View from the stern (1 of 1)

Then it happened:

Just before sunset there was the strange sound of music in the air – is it?  It is!! the music of Pirates of the Carribean!!, and…. oh my gosh! Fixation was being overtaken by the Georgian Bay Pirates!  (Rod, Sheryl, Steve, Jean, Mike, Melodie and Ken and Melissa though not there had provided the plan and eye patches to the rest of us). After a brief scuffle and boat rocking the Fixation was in control of the pirates, and the pirate flag was raised on the VHF radio mast.  Bounty demanded by the pirates?  Shortees of rum!!  The Fixation crew (Mary and Ken) offered it up pretty quickly, and the boat was subsequently returned to its rightful owners shortly thereafter.  They were given mementos of their foils by the pirates (a pirate flag and a book about the Georgian Bay Pirates).  Pretty nice eh!!

The Meteor Shower

3:00 AM came, and yes, we were all up again, raring to go!  Well, we then realized that the thought of taking a dinghy excursion to the rocks to see the meteor shower may not be such a grand idea after all, especially when we realized how damp the rocks would be as we attempted to run around on them;  that the bows of the boats made great places to lie down and look up (with pillows even!), and comfy seat cushions and chairs on the rear of the boats –  close to the warmth of the cabins – made a whole lot more sense.   Dinghy ride aborted! Instead, we looked to the skies from our boats, and after seeing a half-dozen or so, which, in combination with all of the visible stars made for an amazing show, we all gradually went back to bed.  On this night the waters were literally dead calm, and made for wonderful sleeping.

So tomorrow we’re off to Meldrum Bay, about 2 hours further west as we begin our loop back towards Michigan.  We plan to spend a couple of nights there, then off to Presque Isle Michigan we will go.



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