Category Archives: Gold Loopers

Winter is approaching and we’re preparing for it

Lots of things happening over the past few months.  My job involves working with farmers, and most of the fall harvesting is done in Manitoba, however due to rain and snow in the other two prairie provinces about 25% of the crop, especially Canola is still in the field. We’ll be testing samples well into the new year.

On the home front, we’ve been busy.  I’ve  frozen several bushels of apples and pears,  from our neighbour’s tree, as well as making 20 lbs of pumpkin puree  from the pumpkins that grew in my garden.  I had thought that I planted Spaghetti squash when I was home in May, but somehow pumpkins grew as well.  I likely have about 25  lbs of squash as well to eat over the winter.img_9015Also in our garden a few weeks back we had a visitor, who was happily eating the Kale and posed for this picture.img_8981We’ve done  a few projects around the house, on our return I wanted Andy to paint the living room the colour of water, as a reminder of where we’d been.  His first attempt was too bright, and not what I had envisioned.  It ended up being a mistake made by the paint store- so he had to re-do it.img_8988In the end I’ve quite pleased with the new colour- called Blue Lake.img_8990We next wanted to change the upholstery on some of our dining room chairs- going from green to grey.img_8996We have  had a heat wave  the past few days, normal temps are around 4C, however it’s been close to 17C since Friday.  Great weather for completing the fall yard work.

To keep us busy over the winter we have been curling on Friday nights in a mixed league with our neighbors.  Both Andy and Dave curl several times during the week.  But once is enough for me.  We’ve played 3 times and lost two of them.The bonus has been that I have won the 50/50 draw twice.  Both Andy and I are curling with sticks rather than  kneeling and delivering rocks from the hack, as we both have knee issues.

Last night we went out to Gimli  to the hanger where are powerboat is stored for a Pirate’s Party.  img_9003 img_9005 img_9011What a Motley Crew!  It was a fun night, we got back to the city by midnight, and because the time was changing back to standard time, we supposedly got an extra hour of sleep.  We have to go back to the hanger in the next few weeks, as the props are still sitting in our garage, after being repaired and re-balanced in Buckhorn.img_9014   I posted the powerboat on  Kijiji yesterday, in hopes of selling it over the winter.

Last year on this date, we were in Green Turtle Bay Kentucky, making our way south on the Rivers.  Can’t believe  where the year has gone.

On Business has been put to bed in Buckhorn

I’ve spent the past 3 weeks at work, at times wishing I was still Looping.  I have been reading the blogs of friends  tracking their progress through  Lake Michigan and the Illinois River.  I’m envious,  these are the portions of the Loop that I didn’t see last fall due to work.

We  saw many of our boating friends  last Saturday when we went to the fall supper at our home marina.  We hope to share our adventure next summer by doing a presentation there.

On Monday morning Andy left for Buckhorn, a 2000 mile drive,  to pick up stuff that was left on the  boat that we couldn’t bring when we flew back to Winnipeg.  He also took the props from our Winnipeg Beach boat to have them overhauled before we put it up for sale.  I’m sure he will also indulged in Kawartha Ice cream.

The boat is being stored outdoors, so the staff at Buckhorn Yacht Harbour have done all the draining and winterizing to prepare it for an Ontario winter.  It is being shrink-wrapped once the weather turns colder.

An article appeared in our local paper last week about our loop adventure.  Here’s the link

Our trip home to Winnipeg

August 25-26

Our friends picked us up at about 4:30 Thursday to drive us to Hamilton, where we were catching our plane on Friday.  Here’s the last picture of us with On Business, I don’t understand why the captain isn’t frowning like me.  Oh Yeah, he doesn’t have to go back to work full-time on Monday.IMG_8960We arrived at our hotel  near the airport by 8:00 and checked in. Andy got to watch a CFL football game on TV, which was a treat for him.

On Friday morning, Brian and Helen dropped us off at the John C. Munroe airport before 8 a.m.  Our flight was scheduled for a 10 a.m. departure.   Here are the Newleaf prices if you book your checked and carry on luggage when you book your flight, the prices are more economical.  It pays to plan ahead.IMG_8961The airline is very efficient, they started boarding the plane at 9:25, and everyone was on and the door sealed by 9:45.  We left almost 15 minutes early, and no waiting for other planes, like we would have had at Toronto.IMG_8962  We arrived in Winnipeg at 11:30- 30 minutes early.    Great service!  My friend Shirley, was picking us up and bringing our car, so we had to wait a few minutes for her.

After a few stops, we arrived at our dirt home, our house was immaculate.IMG_8964After having something to eat, I walked over to the hair dressers to get some of my sun-bleached hair cut off.    I then spent some time playing in the dirt:  weeding — I enjoy playing in the dirt and find it relaxing  just like boating and really missed my garden. We bbq’d and watched more football in the evening.   We realized that our house phone wasn’t working- so will have to get that rectified on Monday.    I changed the garden flag outside the house to  this one that I had bought in the southern states.IMG_8963This was in the mail:   making it official– WE ARE GOLD LOOPERS!IMG_8966I may not post for a while, unless something exciting happens.

My last posting from Ontario in 2016, we have to say Goodbye to On Business

August 21-25

 We locked through at about 10:30 Sunday and proceeded to cross Pigeon Lake and then into Buckhorn lake.  Lots of house boats around, because Bobcaygeon is the houseboat capital of Ontario.  We arrived at Buckhorn before 2:00, and there were houseboats everywhere. One houseboat came in and parked behind us with very little dock space , so that their second rope had to be tied to a tree.  There was a perfectly large spot farther up, but the inexperienced driver was afraid to go there.  Andy was asked to move the boat for them, but he declined as his name wasn’t on the contract.

On Monday Andy called Buckhorn Yacht harbour to confirm that they were expecting us.  We traveled the 1.2 miles to the marina and tied up west of the gas dock.  In the afternoon, we started disassembling the upper canvas and radar arch, and removed the electronics.  The boat looks quite different without the upper canvas.IMG_8946The boat will be put up on the hard here, and any items that could be damaged by freezing needs to be taken off the boat. I cleaned the stove and oven and de-frosted the freezer.

On Tuesday we did more cleaning and packing.  Andy walked to town to by supplies for wrapping up the cushions and mattresses, he also admitted that he stopped for a Kawartha treat.  I visited with Pam on Our Panacea Dream, we had met in Couchiching, Buckhorn Yacht Harbour is their home marina. We went for dinner with Pam and Stan to Jesse’s Tap & Grill in Ennismore. We then stopped for ice cream.IMG_8948 IMG_8950 IMG_8951Wednesday  morning the water was like glass, when the sun came up,  but the wind picked up as the day progressed.IMG_8953Our day  consisted of more packing, and cleaning, and wrapping up cushions in plastic.IMG_8956  IMG_8958  Brian Vermeersch stopped by at 5:00, and took a bunch of buckets and bags of stuff that is destined for Winnipeg.  He will store the stuff until Andy comes back with the car.  Brian gave us a ride into Buckhorn, and Andy and I went to the Cody Inn for dinner.  We then walked back the 2 Km to the Marina, after stopping for our last  dish of Kawartha Ice cream.   A couple from another boat at the marina dropped by and took a look at our trawler and asked some questions about the Great Loop.  On Thursday  we finished packing what we were taking home,IMG_8957as well as stuff to be stored.  I emptied out the fridge and unplugged it.  We weren’t sure if we would be pulled out this afternoon, or if they will wait until we are gone.  Brian and Helen are picking us up tonight after 5 and will be driving us to Hamilton.

On Friday we will be flying home on NewLeaf; new-leaf-logoit is Canada’s new ultra-low-cost air travel company.  It is based out of Winnipeg, and only flies to smaller centres.  You pay a base fee and then everything else is extra.  We’re flying out of Hamilton for $179—can’t beat that cheapest I found on Air Canada was $356 from Toronto, and West jet doesn’t have direct flights from Hamilton, like they did in 2012 when Andy was working there.  Andy booked the flights so I’m really hoping we have no issues, like I had in May when I flew in and out of Philadelphia.

My next posting will be from home  Winnipeg!  It is hard to believe that we lived On Business for the past 10 months.  We’ll miss the boat, but know that she will be well taken care of at Buckhorn Yacht Harbour, and we’ll be back next summer to cruise some more!

Last days on the Trent Severn in 2016

August 16-20

It started raining at 7:30 in the morning and continued for most of the day.  There was another boat at the lock, Our Panacea Dream and when they fired up their engines, we did the same and followed them down the canal.  We had a short wait for the swing bridge and 2 miles farther up we were into Lake Couchiching.    It was still raining off and on and quite windy. IMG_8882We followed the other boat to the Port of Orillia marina and tied up shortly after 4.IMG_8883After we were signed in, Andy and I went for a walk around town.  We found a bakery and bought the essentials bread, butter tarts and cinnamon buns.    For supper we joined other loopers: Dale, Andy, John and Priscilla from Changing Latitudes and Laura and Artie from Leap of Faith at Brewery Bay.  Andy and I stopped at Metro on our way back to the boat and picked up some provisions.

Wednesday morning, the wind has died down, however it is still overcast.     The crews from Changing Latitudes and Leap of Faith came over at 9 am with their charts so Andy could give them a synopsis of  what to expect farther up the TSW and in Georgian Bay.  The left shortly before 11, and then we shoved off at about 11:15.IMG_8886We crossed Lake Simcoe and then went through 5 locks, Gamesbridge, Thorah, Portage, Talbot and Bolsover  in a 4 mile stretchIMG_8888  IMG_8890 IMG_8891 IMG_8892 IMG_8893We then had  to go another 8 miles including the shallow and weedy Canal Lake and the hole in the wall bridge  before we reached Kirkfield  lift Lock.IMG_8896 IMG_8897About 15 minutes before our arrival the skies opened and it poured.  We tied up at the bottom of the lock for the night.IMG_8908For dinner we went to a restaurant called Flo’s loch ness  restaurant, I had fish and chips that were quite good.  We also had Kawartha Ice cream.

On Thursday morning, I walked up to the top of the lock and took this picture of the boat below.IMG_8904We locked through shortly after 9 am, there was a houseboat in the other chamber coming down.IMG_8915We crossed Mitchell and Balsam lakes before reaching the Rosedale lock, we went through this narrow cut.  Being the middle of the week, we saw very little traffic on the lakes.IMG_8923To get to Fenelon Falls we had to go another 4 miles and cross Cameron Lake.  We arrived at Fenlelon Falls just before noon, and were able to get a spot on the wall with power.IMG_8929 We walked to the laundry mat  and did some washing, we  stopped and bought wine on our way back to the boat.  Later in the afternoon we went out for—you guessed it- Kawartha Ice cream—I had the Sweet heat.  This cruise ship was tied up at the dock- it runs between Peterborough and the Big Chute.  We had previously seen it go through the Scott Mill lock several weeks ago.IMG_8931On Friday, we locked through shortly after 9, with 3 other boats.    It was a 15 mile trip to Bobcaygeon, crossing Sturgeon Lake.  There was very little wind, and sunny skies.   The forecast was for another hot and humid day.  We were unsure as to whether we would get a spot on the wall, but really lucked out as a house boat was just moving up to the blue line.  We tied up by 11:05.  In the afternoon we went and checked out the stores on the main street, but didn’t find anything that we needed.  We avoided the food store as we are trying to clean out the fridge and freezer prior to getting to Buckhorn. However we did have a need for more Kawartha Ice cream to help us cool down.IMG_0832Saturday morning we got up and went to the farmer’s market, where we bought fresh bread, cinnamon buns and corn on the cob.  We then came back to the boat and I did some cleaning/packing.  Andy went in search of a barber, he returned shortly before noon.   We decided to try out the Chinese food place for lunch as it was air conditioned.  Following lunch we checked out some other stores, but didn’t buy anything.  In the afternoon, we sat  in the shade and read our books.  At about 5 pm we went for a walk to the Kawartha Dairies store for ice cream.  Today $1 from each cone was being donated to cancer care because it is  Tragically Hip day in Bobcaygeon.IMG_0833I’ve been talking about ice cream so much, my sister and brother-in-law had to try it.  Here’s Gord  with a Kawartha cone somewhere in Ontario.IMG_2252Bobcaygeon was busy this weekend, they  showed  the Tragically Hip concert on a jumbo-tron on the main street Saturday night.  They estimated there were more than 7000 people in attendance.IMG_8941We took our chairs and joined the bedlam.IMG_8940They had 2 screens set up but the second one closest to us, kept switching to a blue screen so we didn’t see much,  shortly after 9:30 we went back to the boat and watched the end of the concert on the computer.

some of the Tragically Hip  lyrics for Bobcaygeon 

I got to your house this morning
Just a little after nine
In the middle of that riot
Couldn’t get you off my mind
So I’m at your house this morning
Just a little after nine
‘Cause it was in Bobcaygeon, where I saw the constellations
Reveal themselves one star at a time

 IMG_8943I didn’t see any constellations during the night, but there was this drone flying over the crowd, and I wouldn’t say there was a riot, but rather   lots of people from Bobcaygeon  that gained notoriety  because of these lyrics.

We’ll be leaving Bobcaygeon this morning moving on to Buckhorn.

Returning to the Trent Severn Waterway- didn’t we do enough locks already?

August 14:

We left Cedar Springs shortly after 8:30, and followed the channel out to the Severn Sound.;  It was windy and there were waves  bouncing us around.IMG_8837 IMG_8841After passing the cardinal buoy we headed towards the channel going around Green island.IMG_8844We met a looper boat Bright Angel coming out from Port Severn.  We were through the Port Severn lock by 10:30 and continued on to the Big Chute.   We arrived at the Chute just before noon,IMG_8849 and lock through almost immediately with 3 other smaller boats.IMG_8852We tied up on the top of the lock.  At about 2:30,  my sister and brother-in-law arrived.IMG_8859

IMG_8857  They were on their way to Brampton for the 55+ Canada games, where Gord would be playing slopitch.   We went to the Big Chute Marina for supper,

IMG_2182and then they were on their way towards Brampton.  We went for ice cream and then returned to the boat.

On Monday we left the Chute at about 9:30  after we watched Hobo, a looper boat go through the chute.IMG_8863We were headed towards Swift Rapids.   The gates on the lock  were opened and we went right in.  We were through by 11:05.   We continued on to Couchiching lock, going relatively slowly through narrow stretches, with lots of cottages, I liked these yards.IMG_8879 IMG_8880 IMG_8881 In the north end of Sparrow Lake we saw this boat, and it didn’t look  like it was sitting right.IMG_8871 IMG_8872 IMG_8875We later learned from the lockmaster at Couchiching  that the boat was rushing to make the next lock and obviously missed a turn. Looks like an expensive mistake!

Upon arriving at Couchiching we went through almost immediately and were tied up by 1:15.

We booked out flights to come home next Friday, August 26th, so the packing and cleaning in preparation for putting the boat up for the winter has begun.  The weather prediction for Tuesday is  heavy rain and wind– wouldn’t be a good day for crossing Lake Simcoe, so we may be staying put.

Georgian Bay Adventure

August 7-13

Sunday was a quiet day at Queen’s cove.  We went into town to do laundry and then I relaxed for the remainder of the day.  Andy needed to do some repairs to one of the railings.  Wayne from Docked Wages, who was across from us, took Andy to Midland to get some materials, as the local hardware didn’t have what he needed.  By nightfall he had the rail back together and the crack filled in with wood filler.

On Monday, we decided to stay another day at Queen’s Cove, as Jamie, an engineer that Andy had worked with in Hamilton in 2012, was going to stop by.  I spent the day cleaning the outside of the boat, and killing spiders.  Andy called around to  marinas in Georgian Bay and along the TSW looking for winter storage prices.  The best price he obtained was in Buckhorn and since we had good service from them when we stopped for the prop repairs, we agreed to keep the boat there.  Do you know what this means?  Well for one  we’ll be going in reverse and back about 120 mile along the  TSW which means more locks – 13 to be exact   this will bring our lock count up to 201 for the trip.  Yippee- thought I was done with locks for a while!!  But it also means we’ll be going back to Kawartha Ice Cream country and that will make it worth it!!  Well almost! I think this is likely why the Captain agreed to this storage location.

Jamie arrived at about 7 and we had dinner and a great visit.IMG_8676We cracked open the 2nd bottle of champagne  and celebrated some moreIMG_8673Andy had last seen Jamie when she stopped by Queen’s Cove just before he had set off on the loop.  Jamie stayed the night, and left just after 6 am Tuesday, as she had to go back to the job site in Parry Sound.

Once the gas docks opened we moved the boat and filled up and pumped out.  We then set off north and west across Hogs Bay and Severn Sound to the main channel.  We went by Picnic IslandIMG_8681and Honey harbor and north of Beausolei Island.  We then got into the Muskoka landing channel and followed it into Big David Bay and then into the O’Donnell channel.  At O’Donnel, there are 3 Parks Canada islands where we saw lots of people sunbathing and swimming amongst  the rocks.IMG_8693We continued on towards  San Souci and frying pan  islands,.  The plan was to meet Stillwaters II and another looper boat  at Henry’s for supper and  stay the night this was about a 40 mile trip.    Henry’s is  accessible by boat or plane,  dockage and power are provided to boaters for a fee.IMG_8697 IMG_8700


IMG_8705There were at least 5 planes that landed on the bay and brought people in for supper.  We  went for an early supper at 4:30   and almost all of us ordered pickerel, choices were pan fried or deep-fried, and came with coleslaw,  beans, fries or rice and rolls.  Following supper we moved to a picnic table for some beer tasting—Jamie had left a selection of her favourite craft beers and we shared samples with our looper friends.IMG_8707After the beers, we returned to the dining room for dessert, which was either pie, chocolate brownie cake or butter tarts. So now I can say I’ve been to  the famous Henry’s, this was Andy’s 3rd visit.   Another great evening with new friends.

We left shortly after 9 on Wednesday and followed Leary Lynn from  the dock,IMG_8712we didn’t have a definite plan for the day so decided to join them at an anchorage near Windsor Island .  To get there we went through the Waubuno channel which runs south of Parry sound and  went past Snug HarbourIMG_8726and then through the canoe channel which is a short narrow channel not recommended for IMG_8718 boats over 40 feet.  Neither of us had a problem and didn’t see less than 9 feet of water.  Once out we went around Franklin Island  and followed a channel into Windsor.  There was 2 sailboats and a Carver Santego anchored there, we each found a spot and dropped anchor.  Later in the afternoon we went for a swim, and found that some of the rocks on shore had very steep drops, whereas there were other places where there seemed to be a ribbon of rocks very close to the surface.IMG_8729Extreme precision was needed when dropping the anchor in these waters.   We dinghied over to Leary Lynn’s boat for a visit.IMG_8730 Andy tried some casting, but the fish were not biting.  On  Thursday we left Windsor about 9 and weren’t sure what our destination would be, we had considered going to Byng Inlet, but decided maybe we would only go as far as Point au Baril.  On our way through the Shawanaga inlet we  encountered Stillwaters II and followed them through the Point au Baril channel.IMG_8745 IMG_8747They had plans to anchor out at mile 44.  Once we passed Point au Baril light , Andy used his prior knowledge from 2015 and took us through the Hangdogs Reef.  That was an experience, a narrow channel with several sets of markers and  a number of  180 degree turns required to avoid the rocks protruding through the water.IMG_0078

IMG_8751Once through we ended up in Alexander passage, there were some older cottages in this areaIMG_8769and modern ones too.IMG_8759We were  close to where  Stillwater II was anchoring and it was only 12:30 so we decided to go on to Britt.  Wright’s Marina, was where we had kept our boat the winter of 2014, and Andy wanted to talk to the owner.  We passed through the Norgate rocks, which weren’t as bad as the hangdogs, and went up Byng Inlet to Britt arriving at about 2:15,We  left at 2:30 heading back to the anchorage off Alexander passage.  We arrived around 4:45, and passed these kayakers.IMG_8766Following supper, Andy did some fishing and caught 2 Bass.IMG_8772  We dingyed over to Stillwaters II for our final visit with the Texans.IMG_8771 We exchanged pictures that we had taken of each other’s boats in the past couple of days.

On Friday we left the anchorage  at 7:15,IMG_8780it was overcast and  they were predicting rain and wind- we wanted to put in as many miles as we could prior to any rains. Our first task was to once again go through the Hangdog reef.  Not as easy with the wind blowing and waves, but the Captain managed to get us through although it was pretty tense at times.IMG_8788

IMG_8784 After passing Port au Baril, we met up with Leary Lynn and Perfect Day, loopers who were headed to Britt.  Andy warned them about the hangdogs and the wind.  They were planning on going farther out into Georgian Bay to avoid them.    We passed through the Canoe channel  going the other wayIMG_8797  and took a new route  into  the  Parry Sound.  There was a flotilla of 14 boats leaving Killbear marina headed east.  We arrived in Parry Sound and passed by the coast guard stationIMG_8799 and the town marina.IMG_8800We had to wait for the 1:00 opening of the swing bridgeIMG_8806and then took the south channel back to Georgian Bay,   this part was new for me and there were lots of narrow channels, as well as lots of cottages and small  runabouts going to them.   We saw and island for saleIMG_8809 and met a tour boat- Chippewa.IMG_8810We continued on and the wind and waves picked up from the bay when we weren’t protected by islands.  Saw another island for sale.IMG_8814we ended up taking the Monument channel and anchoring in a Bay for the night.  We had traveled about 68 miles.IMG_8817Although they had predicted rain all day , by 8:30 pm, we still hadn’t experienced any, but it had been overcast for most of the day.

When we  got up the captain found that his pickerel rig which he had set seemed to be under the boat.  However he couldn’t pull it up, so the captain had to dive under the boat to retrieve the fish and the line around the strut.  He’ll do anything for fish!!   It was another Bass.IMG_8821It did  rain through the night, it seemed to stop  somewhat so we weighed anchorage at 9:30 Saturday morning.    After  the Monument channel we followed the Muskoka and main channels.  We  checked out Frying pan bay on Beausoleil islandIMG_8829just when the rain was starting again, but there was no space available at the docks,IMG_8828so we continued on.    We went by Picnic island and turned into Beausoleil Bay and went to the dock at Cedar Spring.IMG_8831 IMG_8832     As we tried to dock the wind picked up, so luckily there were several people that helped us tie up.  We checked in and after the rain stopped, we went for a  short walk.   People came out from other boats to swim, but there were some ominous clouds across the bay, and tornado warnings in parts of Ontario.IMG_8833

IMG_8834Andy visited with Ken and Bob on the next boat.  We saw a water snake swim by.IMG_8835Our neighbours had seen a black bear on the hiking trail here yesterday, sorry Dave Fuller- you missed it.  Hope you see one before you leave Canada.

Tomorrow we plan to cross Severn Sound and go through the lock at Port Severn  and then tie up at the bottom of the big chute railway.

Gold Loopers after 357 days

With our arrival in  Victoria Harbour on Saturday August 6th our status has changed– We  are Gold Loopers!  I checked earlier in the week with the AGLCA, according to their records we are the first from Manitoba.  Another fact on average only 85 boats complete the loop in a given year- so we are part of a very elite group!IMG_8629Victoria Harbour was the place where Andy started  August 15, 2015  with Pat and Marcia Gillespie as crew. So we have come full circle and crossed our wake.  Claudia provided me with pictures from her boat.vh3After we were tied up and checked in we walked into town and got some groceries.   In the  afternoon, we retired our white AGLCA burgee and replaced it with the Gold burgee, signifying that we have completed the loop and are now known as Gold Loopers.  People who have done the loop multiple times fly a platinum coloured burgee.IMG_8657 IMG_8658 IMG_8661



We celebrated the feat with champagneIMG_8662

vh6and then went out for supper to Queen’s Quay with Dave and Claudia.  They are celebrating  too as  they are  about 1/2 done the Loop- they are from Texas but  officially started from Fort Myers, so need to return there to complete it.IMG_8653


IMG_8665Later in the evening Don Allin and  his partner Barbara stopped by, we had visited with them in February in Florida.  Don was the broker who had negotiated the sale of On Business to us in June of 2014, they were pleased that we had completed what we had set out to do.

Over the past few days, we have fallen in love with the western half of the TSW, we made a tough decision today.  We have decided not to sell On Business but rather sell  our Carver-Odyssey, so that we can spend our vacations in Ontario and once I retire, spend the entire boating season here.   We had   tentatively sold On Business  on July 23rd, subject to a survey and sea-trial which had not taken place.  Andy  called the prospective buyer saying we had decided to take her off the market.

We have about 3 weeks left until I need to be back in Winnipeg, we plan to do some exploring in Georgian Bay and find a marina that will store On Business for us until next summer.

Here’s the message that we put on the AGLCA forum last night

Twylla and Andy McKendry aboard On Business, a 31 year old PT 35 Sundeck Trawler crossed their wake on August 6th, 357 days after leaving  Queen’s Cove Marina in Victoria Harbour.

 We have traveled 6870 miles, spent $6180 USD on 2301 Gallons of fuel, traversed 18 states, and 188 locks.   We traveled 163 days, spending  255 nights at marinas, (includes 37 days in Polestar for a trip home to get the Admiral and 31 in Myrtle Beach for golfing), 74 at anchor and 28  using our Parks Canada mooring pass.  Our side trips included, going down to the Keys, crossing Okeechobee  twice, once via the Rim route, as well as  4 of the stops on the Albermarle Loop,  Salisbury MD, a few days in the Thousand Islands  and up and down the Rideau for July 1st– Canada Day.   Our  best memories are of the  hundreds of people we have met and the many friends made along the way.

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.

This has truly been an adventure of a lifetime and we wouldn’t have postponed it for anything  —our Canadian dollar wasn’t worth much at times, but the cheap diesel helped our budget.

Our mantra became:  it is what it is!

The admiral is returning to work at the end of August for another 4-5 years, but she hasn’t lost the boating bug.  We have come to realize that some of the best boating is in Ontario, so we’re thinking of spending summer vacations here until we Loop again.

Andy & Twylla McKendry    AGLCA #9588

Gold Loopers 2015-16   from  Winnipeg, Manitoba