Overnight Up-River, Hiking, Gunkholing and a Quick-and-Dirty Result

Two weeks had passed without the dock lines having been casted off… two weeks in which many Hobo, Orb Weaver, Tetragnathidae and Woolf Lycosidae would have made Sassy their home… Hence, time for some dusting off.

Sassy casted-off late Friday afternoon knowing that she had to be back early Saturday. For a short while she sailed in light winds, but then deployed her “iron-spinnaker” and motor-sailed the rest of the way, anchoring in Horaceville’s cove on time to admire the sunset through the trees and for her skipper to enjoy a light dinner onboard. The night was very quiet with no wind and almost no waves. But the actual highlight was next morning: the Sun had just risen above the Quebec shore looking like a Moonrise, as it remained shielded behind the thick morning mist; then its rays slowly started to work their way through the fog until in a few instants the low cloud dissipated and the Sun could not longer be looked at.

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There was not much time for radio, but I wanted to conduct a “quick and dirty” “experiment”: the PAR EndFedZ and the W3EDP Jr. have almost the same length. Given the success I had in using the W3EDP Jr. up the rigging of the boat I wanted to try the PAR EndFedZ in that same configuration. A previous attempt had not been too conclusive but this time the result seemed more definitive: it might have been the conditions for HF propagation, but the PAR EndFedZ seems to hate the proximity of the boat rigging while the W3EDP Jr. doesn’t seem to care that much…

A quick hike on land followed by some dinghy gunkholing provided for some encounters with late blooming flowers (see following composite picture): a lonely blossom of white water lily (Nymphaea odorata), a couple shafts of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) – feral and invasive but nonetheless beautiful and still not overwhelmingly abundant in this area, a whole patch of the very native Azure Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense), and a side-by-side sight of the two main characters – the real culprit and the wrongly blamed suspect – of a common late-summer drama (i.e., hay fever): Artemisia (i.e., Ragweed, in the foreground) and Solidago (i.e., Goldenrod, in the background).

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The return to port was uneventful with the possible exception of occasional encounters with cresting waves created by careless motor-boaters and the occurrence of crowded traffic by vessels simultaneously entering and leaving port with some not observing the Colregs (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/C.R.C.,_c._1416.pdf) or even old and plain universal good manners.

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