Fortunately for us, we don’t need to cruise too far to find beautiful scenery. In fact, the area we live in is probably one of the best cruising grounds in the country.
We spent the last two evenings in Navy Bay, a new-to-us anchorage just in between Fort Henry and the Royal Military College. Not only are the sights of the old fort and towers compelling, we were treated to bagpipes, drums, fireworks and the odd canon shot (more on that last item in a moment).
Fort Henry, Kingston, Ontario.
Yesterday, in a break between the showers, we decided to hop in our dinghy and zip around the point to check out the adjacent bay. With all of the required safety gear, paddles, camera, dinghy anchor, etc. on board, we set off for the relatively long trek (the longest we have made to date in our dinghy). Shortly after turning around to come back I made the comment that we really needed to make sure we check the fuel level before setting out, and perhaps bring along the spare can. The engine no doubt heard this and within minutes stopped dead. Right… out of fuel. What a great excuse to exercise, right? A nice long row back to our boat.
Katana anchored below one of the Martello Towers.
Remember that I mentioned we were just below Fort Henry? On the trip back, we were actually close enough to hear some military commands being issued on the hill above us, although not quite close enough to distinguish what was being said. If we had been able to tell what the commands were, we might not have been quite so surprised when they shot off a cannon right above us! Fortunately, we didn’t see any cannon ball lob into the bay near us so I’ll have to assume that it was not actually loaded. It startled us just the same.
Planning the next day’s sail.