Port Mouton and on to Lunenburg

June 28th, 2008 by Walt "The Skipper" Jones

We ran for an easy half-day yesterday, brining us to Port Mouton.  We dropped the anchor behind Spectacle Island. This very close to the location of a coastal Canadian National Park called Kejimkujik.  They are in the midst of building a fish farm here, and we noticed several salmon pens.  We were all able to pile into our dingy, Olive, and explore the area a little.  We were able to see a seal on a rock as we motored around.   The dingy can handle the five of us, but is pressed down a fair bit, so we have to be careful!  Walt is pleased with how quiet the Honda outboard motor is that we chosen to power Olive.

On the leg to Port Mouton, Jenny did some of the driving, and spent the rest of the time down below taking a nap.  This seems to have agreed with her stomach and she felt much better.  We noticed what we think was a shark fin that (between 1 1/2 and 2 feet tall) following us for a while (it may also have been some sort of whale).

We also believe that we’ve figured out the source of some of our engine difficulties (some metal shards that may have gotten into one of our fuel tanks as they were being scrubbed to get old crusty diesel fuel deposits out).  Tonight, we are pushing to reach Lunenburg, where we will be able to obtain more supplies and make a few repairs.  There is a storm coming, where we could expect 6 foot seas and wind directly on our nose blowing about 25 knots.  In order to avoid this, we’ve decided to travel for a while at night tonight, and expect to arrive between 3 and 4 am.

Lunenburg has been called the best colonial village in all of North America, and so we expect that we’ll stay there for several days as we make our repairs, and Randy, Jenny and Quinlan may go ashore to do some touring.

Here are photos from our passage to Port Mouton. How do you keep a toddler occupied on a boat? Use your secret weapon: Grandma! When I write about working on the engine, that means I’m down one of three little hatches, into the crawl space below the floor. Imagine a hot, swaying telephone booth with parts, pipes and motors all hammering away at crazy volume. Fun! Lastly are pictures of Port Mouton.

Update: We arrived in Lunenburg at 2:00am without incident. The weather has started to move in, so we are all grateful to be at a port, instead of anchored out. Looking forward to exploring!


6 Responses to “Port Mouton and on to Lunenburg”

  1. Donnie & Marilyn Says:

    Good Morning to you all:
    We are in Lunenburg looking at you out through our front window almost directly behind you. We are in the small blue house with the rock wall in front of it, in between the two large houses. Found your Web site, sounds exciting. We laso are boaters, our boat is in Florida as we took it down in 2001 and fell in love with the south and now crusie there and the bahamas every winter. If we can help you out with anything please e-mail or call 902-634-4300. Good luck and hope to see you in lunenburg .
    Donnnie & Marilyn
    M/Y Kasey’s Choice

  2. Walt "The Skipper" Jones Says:

    I was surprised to see a post so early California time where most people are watching the site. Thanks so much for seeing us out your window, so quickly finding us on the web & then to be so gracious over the phone. We have found everyone in Nova Scotia to be very friendly, helpful & hospitable.

  3. Shane Robertson Says:

    The shots of Quinlan are adorable, we are also glad to hear Jenny is feeling better.

    Walt you look so excited to be down in the engine room, I am sure you were wishing for one of your mechanics to be on board!! Glad to hear you were able to get the issues taken care of.

    Look forward to seeing you in a few weeks,

    Shane and Rebecca Robertson

  4. Kathy Says:

    Hello Jones’, I have been enjoying watching your progress so far and reading your great descriptions of everything from reenactments to sea cucumbers (thery are gross!). What a great beginning of an “extreme” adventure. Skip is busy getting himself ready to travel. I will continue to enjoy your trip via the computer. Keep the great pictures coming!! My favorite so far is Quinlan in the cooler getting her bath. Kip, you should consider a millinery career. The basket on your head is a gem! Love to you all, The Queen of Pig Island

  5. Chuck Single Says:

    I understand how Grandmas’ are good with kids, as I remember Gerry with Scott and Randy !!

    I am tracking your progress (and getting the final bugs out of engines is progress), and wish you all well.

    Quinlan and Jenny look wonderful.

    Love this website !!

    Grandpa Single

  6. Dayle Prentiss Says:

    Good morning!

    Am following your journey w/ prayer and lovin’ how God already had people placed in the “process” to bless you and be blessed BY you.
    Donnie and Marilyn: “… looking at you out through our front window almost directly behind you….” WHAT???!!??! Psalm 121

    The scenery AND the food looks amazing!!

    Dayle Prentiss (Brian’s mom and Jones’ house sitter!)

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