Manitoulin: A Very Special Place

Carol and Glenn have made excellent progress over the last 8 days! They have had calm weather, clear skies and the wind at their backs (for the most part). They are very excited to have left all of the Great Lakes behind them!  And they even managed to get in the news again! Check out the link below!

Right after Carol and Glenn left Sault Ste. Marie, they had 5 days of perfect paddling and beautiful campsite finds!  This wonderful weather allowed them to cover 200 km on Lake Huron.  Which put them at their half way mark for their last Great Lake! Below are 2 pictures on Lake Huron, the last one being close to Manitoulin Island.

Even with the excellent conditions, Carol and Glenn are still getting up early! The picture below is of them at 3:30 in the morning, eager to get a head start on a day that required 100% effort and determination. Both smiling with the love and passion of their mission!

Carol and Glenn continue to feel the amazing generosity and sincere care of people they meet a long the way!

3 weeks ago, they met a man by the name of Harald, who was kayaking in Pukaskwa National park with a group of others. They enjoyed chatting and getting to know Harald!

Without knowing, 3 weeks later, Carol and Glenn received a message from him, inviting them into his home.  Harald and his partner Laurie, even found a place for Carol and Glenn to stash their canoe! After, they drove them to their home where they could shower, be wined and dined and to spend the night.

Harald and Laurie even set up the interview with Alicia, the reporter from Little Current in the above article! As they left this wonderful place, Manitoulin Island, Laurie took a picture of them paddling under the Little Current Swing Bridge. They will always remember this special little place.

After leaving Little Current,  they paddled and sailed into the gorgeous Georgian Bay.  The wind was in their favour all day and they happily put up their sail making excellent time! Below is a picture of Carol and Glenn paddling in the Georgian Bay area.

The first morning in Georgian Bay was very exciting for Carol!  As she was getting things ready in the morning. she heard rustling in the bushes.  A young black bear appeared! They both looked at each other (from a safe distance) and Carol slowly backed away. Carol went to find some pots and pans to bang to hopefully scare off a very close mother bear!  She could not see the mother bear but knew she was close by.  Below is another picture of the striking area of Georgian Bay.

After leaving Georgian Bay behind them, they are now on the French River!  They are very happy to be on the French River as it means they are getting closer to their final destination! BUT they find themselves paddling upstream once more! It is never a dull moment for Carol and Glenn but they do take the time to sit and enjoy the beauty of Canada.

Keep on Paddling!

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