Fish Dinner at Henrys – 8/1/16

First of All -

  • First day of August
  • First time picking blueberries
  • First view of the open waters of Georgian Bay
  • First time motor sailing since leaving Lake Champlain

Namely Speaking-

  • Muskoka Landing Channel
  • Hangdog Island
  • The Sow and The Pig (two small islands)
  • Starvation Bay
  • Sans Souci

Loop Log:

  • Miles Cruised today: Power: 26; Sail: Motor sailed 1 hour
  • Total Miles Cruised to date: 6,126
  • Hours Underway: 4
  • Fuel: NA
  • Morning House Battery Reading: 12.65
  • Wind Speed: 10 ; Wind Direction: NNW
  • Daily High Temperature: 77
  • Water Temperature: 71

DSCF5964We’re tired from yesterday’s exertions, and get an easy start on the day. After breakfast we go for an hour long walk on the loop trail which takes off from Frying Pan Bay. The trail is called the Fairy Trail, and it leads us around Fairy Lake, with nice views of Honeymoon Bay and Goblin Lake along the way. We keep a sharp watch out for two of the island’s more notorious residents, the black bear and the massagua rattlesnake, but neither make an appearance. We find a few small blueberries along the trail, but they’re not particularly good,DSCF5969 probably because it’s been so dry this summer. The walk does get a little spooky at one point, while we’re crossing through a dark and shady woods, when the repeated wail of a loon drifts in from somewhere out on the water. We cast off around 11am, and reconnect with the Small Craft Route. This well marked course winds between small islands and barely covered granite reefs. The pink rocks and ochre colored lichens on them make for a colorful landscape. The boat traffic is still heavy, but as we proceed up Georgian Bay, the number of boats we encounter seems to lessen. This region is known as the 30,000 Islands, but one sign proclaims that it could easily be referred to as the 100,000 Islands, claiming that it’s the largest freshwater archipeligo in the world. That’s a tall claim but, who knows, it could well be true.

As we proceed, we get our first look at the open waters of Georgian Bay. To the southwest we have a watery horizon, and if we could see far enough beyond that horizon, we would be looking at the State of Michigan. We’re getting closer every day to where we started off, just over 11 months ago. Around 3pm we approach Frying Pan Island, where the famous Henry’s Restaurant is located. Henrys is noted for itsDSCF5985 fresh fish dinners, and even though it’s early, I radio to see about a slip and dinner. We’re told that they’re fully booked for overnight slips, but we can put in for dinner. There is a good anchorage not far away where we can spend the night. We head for the dock, tie up, and go for a short walk to kill a little time before sitting down to an early dinner. The good smells activate our appetites and 4:30 we’re diving in to a great fish dinner. Sandy orders pan fried walleye, and I have the battered walleye. They call it pickeral up here. They also have Georgian Bay shrimp on the menu, which seems odd, since Georgian Bay is freshwater. I ask about this, and learn that Georgian Bay shrimp are really smelt. I wonder what their hamburgers really are. In any event, our dinners are excellent. As we’re walking back toward the boat a guy approaches us and asks if I’m the MacGregor owner. I wonder if I have some lettering stenciled on my forehead. I answer in the affirmative, and he introduces himself as the owner of Henrys. He asks us how we liked our dinners, and then says he has a spot for us to tie up for the night, if we’re still interested. He walks over to the spot with us, and along the way I ask him about the famous people he’s served over the years. He mentions Jimmy Buffet, Goldie Hawn, and Kenny G, to list a few. Jimmy Buffet was particularly memorable, since he piloted his own float plane here. We figure that if this place is good enough for Jimmy Buffet, it’s good enough for us. We’ll stay the night. Later on we may dinghy over to the marina just around the corner for some ice cream.

 

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