July 5, 2014

Day 293 - July 4, 2014: Drummond Island and DeTour

It was a bittersweet decision to leave the Benjamin Islands, as this anchorage was as good and maybe better than any on the entire trip. But we wanted to see some more of the northeast end of the Georgian Bay. Our plan was to move on up to John's Island. Like yesterday, we wandered around islands and through channels with names that made you wonder where they came from. For example, there was Frechette Island, McBean Channel, Little Detroit passage, Gilmore Point and Whalesback Channel.

Little Detroit is the narrowest channel in all of the North Channel and requires a security call before entering. Just past there we saw a home with just about every toy you can imagine. There was a float plane, two fishing boats, a catamaran sail boat, kayaks, and a pile of beach toys.

Little Detroit Passage
Summer home with all the toys
As we came upon the John's Island anchorage inlet, the NOAH weather was reporting severe wind warnings for today and thunder storms over the weekend. We were concerned that we might get weathered in several days in this anchorage and decided to make a run to DeTour Village. We pushed Great Laker hard to get to customs at Drummond Island before they closed at 5:50 pm, and got there just in time by 5:45. The custom's officer was in a hurry to get home and passed us through with just a few quick questions. Two years ago the officer here spent almost an hour on the boat. It felt good to be back in the U.S., and we looked forward to having data service on our phones again.

DeTour and the State Harbor Marina were another hour beyond Drummond, and along the way we encountered freighters running up to Lake Superior via Salt Saint Marie.

Freighter headed up to Salt Saint Marie
By the end of the day we had run for 11 hours and were really tired. It was good to dock, get some dinner and relax while watching the 4th of July fireworks over Frying Pan Island.

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