12. 09. 08 Friday Convened at Jon’s for the annual canoe trip out to the Bay. Didn’t get away until 11 as Jean-Pierre got caught up in restaurant business. Usual gang, Jon, Alan, Jim, Jean-Pierre plus Neville, a friend of Jim’s. Couldn’t find a greasy spoon on the highway so stopped for breakfast/lunch in Parry Sound at around 2. In the water and away by 4 on a beautiful early fall afternoon. Made it nearly to the mouth of the Key and camped. Odd weather with mosquitos still buzzing around in September! Saturday morning very misty so Alan and I paddled down to the mouth of the Key to check out the Bay. By the time we got back the mist had lifted and we had a very tranquil crossing to Puddick Island. Tasty dinner of Cariboo steaks courtesy of Jean-Pierre. Sunday weather dull and grey and the wind came up from the north and it started raining mid-afternoon so we retired to tents. Still raining at dinner time so it was steaks cooked on Coleman stove served standing in the rain. Wind really blew and we had to put tarp on our tent because of leaks. Tarp flapped and banged around all night. Monday morning cold with cold north wind still, however, as usual the weather changed by noon and we crossed safely back to the Key, even with a bit of umbrella saiing, had lunch and then paddled back to the highway. Another good trip, back in TO by 10pm.