Lake Erie can be a curse. It is shallow and the waves can come from all directions causing an unpleasant and nasty ride. When we completed the Welland Canal we docked in Port Colborne at a nice marina with good friends of ours that are the Harbor Hosts. The winds were howling and blowing like crazy when we docked after finishing the canal and continued to blow the next day. Of course, we were still in Canada!
It wasn’t an entire lost day because we are friends with the Harbor Host of Port Colborne. A Harbor Host is a member of the Looper’s Association that volunteers to help other Loopers with things like transportation to stores or recommendations for services in their area. Our Harbor Host actually helped Steve install our transmission. When we met them after finishing the canal we were whipped. They invited us to join their local boater friends for a cookout. It was just what we needed after that long day. The next morning we sat at the dock, but we became entertainment for the local boaters. They had not seen a power catamaran before and many came by our boat for a look. It was great fun.
It pays to wait. The next day was much better. Seas built to 3 feet, but Gypsies Palace can still have a smooth ride when other boats are smacking along. We just “skip” along the waves although we were getting hit from the side so there was a certain amount of “roll” on the lake. Our destination was Cleveland and the Rock and Dock Marina. We wanted to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and having the docks right there was an attractive way to get there.
That Rock and Dock Marina is a jewel. Docks are like new and it was easy to dock. We came mid-week and there was only one other boat there – a Looper boat of all things! There is a Mexican restaurant right at the marina and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is steps away. We went the next morning and spent 3 hours there. You could easily spend a couple of more hours enjoying their exhibits. It is well organized and we loved learning more about the history of different types of music and places. We especially likes the special exhibit for the Summer of Love ’67. Steve is from California and they featured the Monterey Pop Festival, which he attended! We even learned more about the part that Cleveland played in the history of Rock and Roll.
Making plans to have people join us on our trip has not worked out very good. Everytime that we planned this we have been delayed. They tell Loopers not to have a schedule and I can see why. It adds to the stress when we are supposed to be stress-free. Trying to get somewhere on a specific date just doesn’t work. A “date range” and “place range” is much better. For those of you considering a Great Loop adventure this is something that will end up driving you crazy. You want your friends and family to share the experience, but a lot of advance planning is difficult to make work. A best practice might be to have them fly in and rent a car to wherever the boat might be.
We didn’t spend another day, but made our way to the islands of Lake Erie, specifically Catawba Island. We have good friends there and it was fun to spend two days in perfect weather. They had been waiting for us to show up since the 4th of July. We were about 2 weeks late!
Am I country, pop, or rock’n’roll, I know they are related I’ll just let you be the judge it’s simply complicated……..Jimmy Buffett