So we thought we would pop on over to Beaver Island State Park and see our summer boat friends for the weekend. We stayed at “The Triangle” (Strawberry Island, Grand Island and Motor Island- a spot where boats anchor on the hook with little to no current on the upper Niagara River) and made our way in “Low Voltage” to Beaver. After spending the day visiting our friends we took a spot on the transient dock for the night. Had our campfire at night and great times with friends. Enjoyed a game of cornhole made by a friend and the kids at the marina. Always good times. Check out is 11 and managed to push it to 12 to head back to Tonawanda. Lots of traffic on the water today. I think it must have been the first real weekend for most boaters. North Tonawanda had its “Taste of Tonawanda” truck foods today. The canal was super busy as well. Weather held out with temps in the 80’s instead of the rain predicted.
Conductance stayed in Tonawanda for the weekend while we enjoyed the Memorial Day festivities with our friends from Chippawa. Much cooler temps this weekend and enjoyed the heaters we all have. Not much happened but still had a great time.
Made our way from Smith Boys Marina, where Conductance winters over, to Tonawanda Gateway Park for the festivities that await with our friends from Greater Niagara Boat Club. As always had a great time sitting on the wall. The weather cooperated with over 25-30 C degree temps. Did some small maintenance, prepared her with all the needed necessities and enjoyed good company.
SPLASH…..painting the reduced spots of bottom paint and getting her ready has paid off. She’s in!!!!
Headed home with great seas, nice breezes and familiar waters. It will be nice to be “home” again and see everyone at Beaver Island. Arrived late in the day, parked the boat and enjoyed the last few hours of another great vacation on the water. Next year where will Conductance take us? Stay tuned!!
Headed across Lake Erie to Port Dover. Before heading into Port Dover we stopped on the hook for lunch at Long Point. Long Point is only accessible by boat and you must watch the exploring off the beach due to ticks and Lyme Disease. Scott and Aiden took Low Voltage to the beach. I stayed onboard. The waves were good but I always worry about losing the anchor with a shift of the wind and breaking free. Never have but there is always a first time. I made lunch while they took some gorgeous photos and found some “quick sand”. Being this beach is not easily accessible it is pristine. Beautiful white sand where you feel like a pioneer and landing on shore for the first time. You are lucky to find footprints anywhere.
First time in months since Conductance has seen Canada. Port Dover is a bustling travel destination for boats, tourists, cottagers and the like. Shops, restaurants and everything you need available. Picked up a pair of water shoes for Scott and had a fish dinner at a recommended outdoor bistro. Apparently best in town. Well, I suppose if you like lots of batter and french fries. Ice cream shops on every corner so had to pick one. Best beach is located in town. Headed back to the boat after several hours walking around town. Noticed a small inlet that has docks available for quick stops located before the entrance to the marina. Not sure about overnight but we would have much preferred this stop even though there was no power available. Heading home tomorrow.
We really wanted to make a different stop along the way before getting to Buffalo. We have already been to Dunkirk so thought about this little stop. A little fishing marina that could barely fit our boat. They literally stuffed us on a long dock that Scott had to shift around corners to get to. Thank goodness the winds were good. Otherwise we would have had to pass. This little stop was so worth it though. Beside the marina the large freighters come in to pick up, unload and dock. Very industrial around the water here. A small restaurant as well. We took our bikes into town. A little hometown America with not much to do but these little stops are always an adventure. Not much to see but a nice bike ride none the less.
We decided to head back to Cleveland after hearing that the new city marina was next to the Science Centre, the decommissioned freighter was also there and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I did some laundry while the guys went into downtown for about 1 1/2 tripping around the city centre. There was a big bash for LGTB and the music was blasting. It was awesome. The Science Centre is a great place to view the waterfront and have some interactive displays for Aiden. We never pass up a Science Centre. We did go through the freighter as well. Well worth it if you like a bit of history and an insight into living on a ship that travels through our lakes.
We had an interesting conversation with the US Coast Guard as they pulled in an overcrowded boat with only one lifejacket. The officer was going to come aboard before he realized that the Canadian flag was dangling off the stern. Being Canadian the safety equipment needed onboard is different from the US requirements, and our laws have more requirements anyway. So we just chatted with him for about 20 minutes about our travels and his experiences. Of course we were sipping bevies. I think he may have been a bit jealous over that fact!
After a day and night in Sandusky, Ohio we headed out to Vermillion, OH. What a lovely spot. We reserved the last spot at the entrance to the inlet at the Yacht Club. After stopping in there and a bite to eat we took “Low Voltage” out for a spin down the inlet. Through the town of Vermillion this little inlet meanders with several stops and things to see. We past a gorgeous 80 ft plus yacht along the way. Restaurants were everywhere with boat slips available to stop for a lunch or dinner break, or a bevy or two. After a day of exploring the waterway and the little town on foot we did see a beautiful sunset. We had the best spot in the area as we were near the entrance to Lake Erie with no housing to the west. Just another day in life aboard.
……………..and now there is Cedar Point. Only the best ever amusement park anywhere around. I wish the food was better though. Aiden and Scott went on Top Thrill Dragster. Insanely fast 10 seconds of your life. Wow. Unfortunately the new coaster GateKeeper was not operating but we did just about every other one available. So fun.