You’ve Got To Kiss a Few Frogs…

Collecting mussels at Occasional Harbour, Labrador…definitely not a frog.

One thing John and I have learned over decades of planning long cruises to new places, is that we aren’t going to enjoy every harbour or anchorage we visit, despite how much time and energy we put into choosing where to stop.

For example, this summer we chose a certain destination as our furthest north in Southern Labrador. It’s a place that John has had an eye on visiting for the 25 years he’s been passing by this part of the coast. But it was a big disappointment. Sort of like kissing a frog when you were expecting a handsome prince.

But then, on our way back south, we ended up making an unplanned stop in Fox Harbour, as it was blowing a kahooey in Petty Harbour, our original destination.

“Morgan’s Cloud” snug behind the wharf at Fox Harbour.

And you know what? Fox Harbour turned out to be an unexpectedly wonderful stop! We went on a great walk to a stunning hilltop lookout, and we met a charming couple in the village who gave us fresh lettuce from their garden (if you’ve never cruised the North you won’t understand how precious a gift that was!).

Warwick and Elaine, our new friends at Fox Harbour.

The moral of this story? Don’t let a bad experience in a harbour/anchorage colour the way you approach the next harbour/anchorage, because the next place might just be the handsome prince(ss) you’ve been looking for!

A few more shots from Fox Harbour:

Fishing stage and garden.
Not a lot of places you would see a sign like this in a deserted store. And then not often you see two Phyllises in the same room.
Who knew? (St. Lewis is the official name of the town at Fox Harbour.)
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Phyllis has sailed over 40,000 offshore miles with John on their McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, most of it in the high latitudes, and has crossed the Atlantic three times. As a woman who came to sailing as an adult, she brings a fresh perspective to cruising, which has helped her communicate what they do in an approachable way, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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Charles L Starke

What’s a “kahooey”?
Is that on the Beaufort scale?
How did you find the frogs in Fox Harbor?
Best wishes,
Charles Starke MD FACP
s/v Dawnpiper

John Harries

Hi Charles,

A Kahooey is force 8-1/2, soon to be added to the official scale I understand.


Kablooey, I know. When I was a kid we lived through two different hurricanes one in Louisiana and the other in Florida both were rated off the charts ergo, Kablooey. My cousin Dan was blown off a rig and swam twenty miles to shore bringing an injured buddy only to find out his buddy had died and his own back was broken. Someone wrote a screenplay, “Cheaper if They Die”.

John Harries

Hi Bill-Martin,

Wow, that’s quite a story.

And yes, Kablooey is the next force up after Kahooey.

David McKay

Just a delightful article! One of those wonderful early morning reads with a coffee. Thank you!
Dave & Patty McKay
s/v Skål

Bruce Brown

I’m curious if you have ever visited Spotted Islands, Black Tickle, or Batteau-three outports south of Cartwright where I spend two summers working for the Quebec-Labrador Foundation.

John Harries

Hi Bruce,

I already answered your question when you asked it on another post: