Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Top Five So Far

It’s been a great trip so far (3700 sm covered) and we have seen many, many wonderful things. Here is our Top Five so far.

5  -  Sarasota, FL
Technically we haven’t reached there yet but it was the starting point of our journey back in November of 2011. It was here that we first went to look for a boat that would be our own. Of course, we didn’t find one there. We had to go the east coast of Florida to finally get matched up with Why Knot. But we look back on our time in Sarasota with fondness. When you are there you must visit the Bradenton Donut shop. They are awesome. Also if you are in need of a new boat for your Great Loop journey call Capt. Charlie Pendergrass of American Marine. He’s the best.

4  -  Campbellford, ON
A great time was had by all in Campbellford! We were there with a great bunch of fellow loopers and had a blast. The town is nice, the Canadian Tire store there has everything you need and, of course, the donuts in Cambellford are #1 in the known universe. Lots of fun.

3  -  Annapolis, MD
Holy cats! What a cool town. There is so much to do and see that if you don’t set aside a week to be there you will certainly miss something cool. Taking a guided tour of the US Naval Academy is a must. If you can do it, mooring in the mooring field in the main harbor is a unique and wonderful experience. They have water taxis and a mobile pump out boat. The town of Annapolis has it all: great restaurants, shops and lots of historical stuff. (The state capital is kind of cool.) The only downside is that there is not a close by grocery store. Throw in the entire Chesapeake Bay and all that it has to offer and you have a recipe for boating bliss.

2  -  Charlevoix, MI
If you have been following our blog ( you may remember how much I gushed about Charlevoix. What a place! Grab a thesaurus and look up the word “awesome” and all of those synonyms can be used to describe this great destination. We stayed a week and could easily have stayed longer.

1  -  Canada (Ontario, "The Canadian Shield", The Trent Severn Waterway, Georgian Bay, North Channel)
Cambellford got special mention already but the entire excursion into Canada was a moving experience. Cool, clear water everywhere. The Trent Severn Waterway is wonderful. We got a special treat at the Peterborough Lift lock that we have been sworn to secrecy about. Bobcaygeon rocked. Georgian Bay was spectacular. (Lisa and I differ slightly here. She preferred Georgian Bay. I preferred the Trent Severn Waterway.) The lovely people of Canada are, well, lovely. The vistas charged our emotions. The rocks were, um, very rocky. And what can you say about the Big Chute. What an experience. We have it already in our plans to return there and spend more time and explore more of this beautiful country.

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