When will summer weather arrive, I would like to know…
but we SAILED…
New-to-us wind patterns, wave conditions
and new sailing grounds
made the day quite a challenge
but by mid-afternoon we reached Plattsburgh.
Gas topped up and securely moored for the night,
we activated our cool tool MiFi device
that will keep us in touch with the rest of the world
while we explore….
We made a quick ‘pit stop’ at Île aux Noix
because…surprise surprise surprise
the micro sd chip for our Raymarine chart plotter
was the ‘Silver Edition’ (ie Canada only)
…and not the ‘Gold Edition’ that we had asked and paid for our dealer to insert.
At the time we were still in our ‘trusting’ mode.
…So when we accessed the information for Lake Champlain…
Fortunately Marina Fortin at Île aux noix sold the chip that we needed.
$300+ later we can now travel as far as the Bahamas (see y’all later folks)
We took advantage of their dock and hospitality and stepped the mast.
NOW we are ready to go
…and bonus for the day,
we crossed paths with another ‘Looper’
heading north along the river in their beautiful motor cruiser.
(Loopers are boaters – sailors and motor cruiser folks,
who are travelling on the Great American Loop
or plan on doing so and subscribe to the AGLCA,
proudly flying the members’ flag)
Our mandatory stop at Rouses Point
to check in with US Customs & Border Protection Services
We filled in the required forms for our Cruising Permit (no fees required)
giving us permission to cruise US waters for the next
FOUR…count them FOUR months.
Flying our burgees proudly
…now officially in US waters…