July 28, 2012

July 28, 2012  Day 78                    Orillia              Total miles to date:  1459.7 

One of the entries in the painted chair
contest - the "cushions" are actually metal
Saturday morning in Orillia meant a walk to the Farmers Market near downtown. We came back with summer squash, two cinnamon rolls, and lemon tarts. Not a big purchase this time! The market had live entertainment and many food booths.
As we were walking back to our boat we spotted Gold Loopers Barbara and David on Memory Maker II at the marina. They are on their way back to Florida. We had not seen them since the Rendezvous so it was good to catch up with them.
We met Brooks and Sarah on Our Time for lunch then walked around the downtown area again. Orillia was holding a two day festival with vendors lining the street, live music in place in various locations, and other street performers.  We stopped at a local meat market and bought peameal bacon which we have heard people rave about. We were also told it is not available in the United States. So, tomorrow’s breakfast will include…
Lunch with Sarah and Brooks in Orillia
Lisa and Ron, Outbound arrived this afternoon and stopped by for a nice visit. We hope to continue boating with them in the Georgian Bay.
Gathering on Joy Ride
We met with five other boating couples at 6pm on Joan and Bruce’s boat, Joy Ride, (from New York) to discuss crossing the Georgian Bay – it is known for being beautiful and for having many rocks to be avoided. So we all brought our charts to the gathering along with appetizers. Two of the couples are Canadians who live in the Georgian Bay and are very familiar with the area and were very helpful.

Working on charts??
The guys fnished their charts
The remainder of the evening was spent working on chart plotting, updating the blog, and reading. The evenings are cool here and it is very pleasant to not have the air conditioner running!