Oh how wonderful to wake up to sunshine on day 2, July 15th. Art M. is on the right - mastermind and organizer of this tour and several others I've been able to join - in his hand-built boat which is even heavier than mine! It has a mirage-drive (with fins) for pedalling the water, he can also use a sail, or a paddle. Two of the other paddlers have this mirage gear on their boats - Rich loves that so he can fish and paddle at the same time. Fun and innovative guys!
Day 2 we started paddling towards the two 'flat bumps' you can barely see on the horizon - part of the Bald Islands, with hopes of getting a closer look at what once was the 'Principality of Outer Baldonia' . Some intriguing stories , (a.k.a. men-only fishing lodge, etc. https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/ca!ns-ob.html). Still some distance from the islands the currents had us paddling for naught and we could see waves crashing on a reef so we changed our nautical plan. We are no wiser to the what and why of the Bald Islands mystique!
The fog hampered our long-distance view of the islands we thought we might camp on: we checked out Johns Island (a bit too stinky with all the sheep - which inhabit many of the Tusket islands) so all agreed on Marks Island. We liked it enough to camp there two nights. In a small dip - where Richard, discovered and devoured a whack of wild strawberries - to protect us from the wind and had a perfect spot for a fire.
Paddled past Spectacle, Tarpaulin and Turpentine Islands (all very close to each other) and got close to a wharf at Harris Island. A large-ish tour boat travelling around the islands was docked up - what grabbed our attention was a girl (about 10 or 11 years old) waving a cardboard sign: "Lemonade $1.00". Of course we all pulled in and bought up the remainder of her lemonade jug!