Monday, April 26, 2010

Last mile and Preparing for the open ocean

Views in Inverness - the last half mile or so of our passage

[Maryanne]We left Caley with new batteries, and a bigger credit card bill, and set off to do the last mile of the canal - not much to do in a day. We wanted to be ready at the last sea lock for an early start the following day. We took it easy, and enjoyed reflecting on our first passage of the Caledonian Canal.

We reached the other end - the Inverness entrance to the Caledonian Canal

[Maryanne]So – we are about to leave the Caledonian Canal and head out into the North Sea. We have nice new charts, and plenty of supplies and one very peculiar problem – we have too much alcohol aboard! When we enter Norway we are limited to 1L of wine and 1L of spirits each. We don’t drink too much, but a quick stock takes found bottles of whisky, rum, gin and vodka, among others, which we need to use or lose; I’m suspecting we should be able to find some new friends soon.


Karen said...

Enjoyed reading about your trip through the Caledonian Canal. (Seeing the Nessie sculpture brought back some good memories for me too.) It sounds like you’re going to have one heck of a send-off using up your extra cargo before you leave Scotland. Good thing you won’t have to navigate a straight line the next day. ;-)

Looking forward to reading about the North Sea crossing and your Norwegian adventures.

Happy sails!

Mommy Dearest said...

You will be the most popular couple in the area. I'm sure you'll have a great time disposing of your extra cargo, but what a shame you have to. On those cold days, a wee nip might keep you warm. As always, the photos you post are breathtaking and the writing so enjoyable and readable. I know you don't write the blog for US,but really to journal and document your own adventures, but my voyeurism is always rewarded.