Our original plan for July 29 was to cruise to a town called Grand Vallee. But the weather was so beautiful (and the prediction for the next day was not so good) that we decided to travel all the way to Riviere-au-Renard (Fox River) which turned out to be an 11 hour travel day. The marina at Riviere-au-Renard looked to be more protected and our next day’s cruise to Gaspe’ would be only 30 nautical miles.
The view along the Gaspe’ is very beautiful. Tiny towns line the coastline like a string of pearls separated by stretches of dark green forests.
We started to hit patches of fog but fortunately it was not consistent.
We passed a windmill farm which looked quite compelling through the fog.
The gannets soared in and out of formation as we struggled to catch them on camera.
Lynn spent a good part of the day updating the blog while Jonny, as usual, manned the helm. We reached the northernmost part of our journey on this cruise when we passed Gros-Morne at north latitude 49.15.780! It’s all downhill from here!
Diva Di was on the same track as us but because they can travel faster, they arrived two hours before us and kindly asked for our dock space to be adjacent to theirs.
We finally arrived at 6:30 and were so wired after the long day that we just wanted to get off of the boat and walk.
We decided to eat dinner at a seafood restaurant recommended by the dock master. It was called The Caribou which gives you some idea of the world we are traveling in these days. We trekked to the restaurant (it feels really good to stretch your legs after 11 hours on a boat). When we arrived at this rather modest restaurant we were told we would have to wait about 30 minutes for a table. While slightly amazed at the wait since we seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, we found a seat at the bar and had a beer. There are very good local Canadian beers and Jonny, especially, is having fun sampling all of them.
When we were finally seated, we were fortunate to get a table that looked out over the harbor where a full moon was rising. It was beautiful and somewhat made up for the mediocre meal we had there!
The next day we would reach our long anticipated stay in Gaspe`, a dramatic setting at the easternmost part of Quebec and one of those unique “land’s end” locations!