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4th of July Parade

2016 July 7
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by lyn

We are in Galesville MD for the summer. It is a delightful little town on the West River. We walked out to Main Street on the 4th of July and watched the independence day parade and thoroughly enjoyed it. The rain held off long enough for all the  fire trucks, floats, cars, bikes and horses to slowly make their way past all the excited kids that knew to bring a bag to collect the candy that would be tossed to them.  It was fun and patriotic!!

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Hitchhiker, hammerhead and humpback

2016 May 14
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by lyn

We left the Bahamas with a fun dolphin escort and we flew north to St Augustine riding the fastest part of the Gulf Stream hitting 11 1/2 to 12 1/2 kts! We usually sail at 6 1/2 to 7 kts and the Gulf Stream flows north at 4 to 4 1/2 kts at the center.  That’s the fastest ride we’ve ever had in our boat!!

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Last sunset to blow the conch horn in the Bahamas.

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Dolphin on the bow as we leave the Bahamas.

We caught two barracuda while still on the Bahama banks. Barracuda aren’t good to eat and they tend to bite through the lines, so we reeled in the lines to wait for deep water the next day.

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Reeling in the first fish!!

 

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The first of 2 barracuda that we put back.

 

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Sunset heading toward the US.

The next day we caught two black fin tuna!! They were SO delicious!

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Lots of yummy fish in our fridge. 

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We had some GOOD fish tacos!! And still have tuna in our freezer!!

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Beautiful St Augustine. 

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St Augustine lighthouse. 

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Summer flowers everywhere. 

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Horse drawn carriage in a city filled with history. 

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An archeological dig site where artifacts were found in the historic part of town. 

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El Galleon. A Spanish ship. 

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Greg getting ready to check and clean the prop. 

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Sunset

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A queen that’s seen better days. 

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Shrimp boat at the dock. 

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Sunrise

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Lots of huge Pelicans. 

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A tank with turtles

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And some huge gold fish. 

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Shrimpers off shore at work.

We picked up a hitchhiker when we were 20 miles off shore. This little bird was soaking wet when it first came into our cockpit. He flitted around the boat from the bow to the stern for half the day before he finally took off for land.

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Our little hitchhiker. 

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We watched a shark fin moving toward our boat when we were off shore too. Just as it passed our boat it jumped and we could see that it was a hammerhead shark! Wow! That was cool to see!!

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Click on the picture to make it bigger to see the hammerhead.  

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Sunrise after our first night off shore.

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Sunrise after our second night off shore. Heading into the Cape Fear River.

When we anchored at Wrightsville Beach NC there were lots of people and stand up paddle (SUP) boards in town. We found out that it was the weekend of the annual Carolina Cup, the big annual SUP race. Then we remembered that we were in Wrightsville Beach last year on the exact same weekend! We enjoyed watching hundreds of SUPs go past our boat.

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Lots of people watching the SUP race from the bridge.

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SUP racers going past our boat. Note how they all line up and “draft” each other just like bicycles.

 

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We had a great visit with Bill and Mary Lou!!

After we left Wrightsville Beach, we sailed to Cape Lookout Bight just outside the Morehead City inlet along the shore of NC. It is so beautiful! You can only get there by boat so not much of a crowd. We spent our time there watching huge turtles, walking the beach, watching sea birds, touring the grounds of the Cape Lookout lighthouse and riding in the dinghy along the shore to look at the wild ponies. BUT, the most amazing experience was having a humpback whale surface right next to our boat. It was as big as our boat! We never had the camera out so no pictures but we saw it surface multiple times a day for several days! Everybody in the anchorage was excited about seeing it.

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Huge turtles out in Look Out Bight

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Cape lookout lighthouse

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Lighthouse keepers quarters

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Lyn with lighthouse. 

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Looking from inside the keepers house out through the front door. 

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Wild horses at Lookout bight. 

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More wild horses

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Horseshoe crab. 

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Oyster Catcher

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Shrimp boat coming in from a day on the water.

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Predawn light as we leave Cape Lookout Bight headed inland to the Intracoastal Waterway and Oriental, NC.

He quieted the sea with his power

Meeting Rapunzel

2016 April 5
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by lyn
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Sailing from Eleuthera to the Abacos.

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Don Wood is an artist in Marsh Harbor and has an interesting place to look around. His original jewelry is beautiful!

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Concert at ECC school mostly done by volunteers.

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ECC a school for developmentally challenged kids.

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World’s shortest St Patrick’s Day parade. 300 steps long!! Met up with Joe and Yvonne from Modaki.

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Heading to Nippers on Great Guana.

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Bare Foot Man concert. Good music, bad lyrics. We didn’t stay long.

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The real reason to go to Nippers!!

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Wandering Great Guana with Phil and Kathy.

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Treasure Cay beach…what can I say? Beautiful!!!

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Flo’s world famous cinnamon rolls!!! As great as we remembered from last year!!

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Found an actual ice cream shop on Man-O-War Cay. Catching it open was tricky!! Island time!!

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Watching boat builders work on an Albury 23.

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The Albury 23 comes from above mold.

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Chatting with Willard Albury as he rebuilds a wooden boat he originally built some years ago.

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Andy Albury is a model builder of the boats his dad built.

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The William H Albury. Built 1963. Is being restored by David Wright.

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Having a look around the restoration of the William H ALbury.

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Elaine and Rudy from Man-O-War and are care takers for a large piece of property owned by people from the US.  They have been the care takers for this family for 50 years! We met them last year and looked for them this year to say hello.

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David Wright restoring the Tribute. It is beautiful!!

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Abaco dinghy sailing through the anchorage.

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Elbow Cay Lighthouse in Hope Town.

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View from the window near the top of the lighthouse where Paperbird and Unicorn are anchored together.

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Inside the lighthouse.

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A stone oven from an earlier time period.

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Junior dinghy races are over.

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Enjoying a great view!!

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Linda, we thought of you when we saw the pink house in Hope Town.

Church in Hope Town were we attended Easter Service.

Church in Hope Town where we attended Easter Service.

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Becca, Eliana, Zach, Ryan, Noah and Ben this is a picture of the sun shining through bubbles on the top of the water. It looked like stars on the sandy bottom.

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A coconut palm tree.

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Tahiti beach.

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Greg jumped in to clean the bottom of the boat and found these two remora helping out on the bottom of the keel. They were working their way from one end to the other. We did look around for a shark since that’s who they usually hang around with. Notice how little water is under the keel!  This is normal for the Bahamas.

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Busy remoras.

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Greg cleaning the water line.

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Lunch after riding bikes to the end of Elbow Cay and back.

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David zipping thru the anchorage in his Abaco dinghy.

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Spent an afternoon with Modaki (Joe and Yvonne) and Unicorn (Phil and Kathy)

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Who can find Gramps??? Maybe he’s been in the water too long!!!

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Lyn feeding oatmeal to the fish.

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Reef life.

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Mermaid Reef

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Pretty blue parrot fish.

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Well, maybe her name isn’t Rapunzel but Gayle grew up in a castle and still lives there. We read a book called “The Out Island Doctor” about Evans Cottman. He was a retired science teacher who came to the Bahamas in the 1940’s. He was able, because of his science back ground to become a Dr without going to medical school.  He sailed his boat the Green Cross throughout the islands ministering to the sick. He married a local woman from Abaco named Viola Sawyer and they had a daughter named Gayle. They built a house that looks like a castle that they moved into when Gayle was 12 years old. We were privileged to meet Gayle and see the castle up close. She was very gracious and we enjoyed hearing her stories about her dad and life in the yellow castle on the top of the hill.

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Her view from the back porch.

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Her dad built it like a castle because he had seen a house like this when he was young and had really liked it so decided to build his family one in the same style.

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From the front yard.

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Modaki (Joe and Yvonne) going past us.

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Sunset

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Another sunset, because you can never have too many sunset pictures!!

 

He quieted the sea with his power

 

Spanish Wells

2016 March 15
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by lyn

After Hatchet bay, we sailed up to Spanish Wells for a very different taste of Eleuthera. Spanish Wells is a fairly crowded town on a small island at the very north end of Eleuthera. Filled with colorful houses and lots of stores, shops and more golf carts than we’ve seen in one place before!

The anchoring in Spanish Wells in pretty much non-existent, with 1 marina and a handful of mooring balls that have been failing recently. So we opted to anchor outside the harbor at Meeks Patch, a very wet and wild 2 mile dinghy ride that tested our waterproof bags. But it was a great stop and well worth the soaking.

Unfortunately, it was also a short visit as a good weather window opened up for the sail up to the Abacos. Weather rules!

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Fishing boat with the small collecting boats following.

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Spanish Wells water front.

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All age school.

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More golf carts than cars in grocery store parking lot.

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Our kind of Ave!!!

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Yes, there is water out there….it was  low tide and a shallow beach!!

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Low tide at the water front.

Ran into Right of Passage….met them in Bimini.

Ran into Right of Passage….met them in Bimini.

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Never pass up a hardware store!!

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Pulling dinghy’s around to a lower level because of low tide.

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Mail boat and ferry in at same time.

 

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Hatchet Bay

2016 March 15
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by lyn

Hatchet Bay is the site of a failed livestock operation planned for Eleuthera. Someone built all the silos around what would eventually become pastures and then blasted a narrow opening into a very well protected ocean pond. Unfortunately, the livestock operation failed and the small settlement is pretty depressed. We did find a great church and joined them for worship.

 

We took the bikes ashore several days to do some riding and sightseeing. One of the amazing highlights was the Glass Window Bridge. There used to be a natural bridge over the narrowest part of the island where the deep Atlantic waters to the east connect to the shallow sound waters to the west, but a hurricane destroyed the arch. Then a large concrete span bridge was built to replace it, but a rogue wave hit it in the early 90’s and shifted the entire bridge about 7 feet! The road approaches were adjusted a bit, the bridge shored up some and life goes on. Resilience!

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Safest Harbour…because of narrow cut to go in.

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Going into Hatchet Bay thru a VERY narrow cut!!!

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Dinghy dock

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School for all ages.

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School crest

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Milk crate on the side of a tree for basket ball goal.

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Cruisers pot luck…..fun time meeting others anchored here.

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Church we attended on Sunday.

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Monday did a very hilly 20 mile bike ride to glass window.

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Going thru Gregory Town

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Hiked to surfers beach.

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Fish museum….full of pictures of fish that have been caught.

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Glass window Bridge

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On the west side (on the banks) it was very calm.

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On the east side (the ocean side) it was VERY rough!!! This picture shows the 7 feet the wave pushed the bridge. It is a one lane bridge now.

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Lunch at Unca Gene’s back at Gregory Town.

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Yay….lunch time. This is a really hilly island.

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Next day lunch at Twin Brothers

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As seen on CBS on Top Chef!! How about that Keith?!?!

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Road side fruits and vegetables.

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Last day, lunch at Rainbow Inn.

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Rainbow Inn overlooking the water.

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Watching dolphin swim next to us.

 

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Governor’s Harbour

2016 March 9
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by lyn

After Rock Sound, we moved up the coast a bit to Governors Harbour, the original capital of the Bahamas. The anchorage in Governors Harbor isn’t quite as secure as other places, so we didn’t stay long. But we did find a beautiful pink sand beach on the other side of the island. Fortunately we were there on a Friday night, which means we were able to enjoy the weekly Friday Night Fish Fry. The whole town turns out for music and dancing in the streets, and several booths cooking everything from fish to chicken, to conch with all the usual sides. Quite the experience. It was a little strange since there is a healthy non-cruising tourist population in Governors Harbour, the first place so far we’ve really seen many people other than locals or cruisers.

 

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Dinghy landing….tide is out….

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View of the harbor

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Library

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Stone church and cemetery

Timothy Gibson house, native son.

Timothy Gibson house

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School

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These guys are here every afternoon selling their catch. That is a Huge grouper.

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Huge lobster!

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Hardware store…always looking for something!!

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We walked over the hill to the pink sand beach

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See the pink?!?!

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It was a beautiful beach!!

 

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Friday night fish fry

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HUGE frying pan for frying fish

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Limbo

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And a Junkanoo!

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We enjoyed fritters, BBQ chicken and bahamian mac and cheese.

 

He quieted the sea with His power

 

 

Rock Sound

2016 March 9
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by lyn

Rock Sound was our first introduction to Eleuthera, and what a great introduction it was! A quaint little settlement with a couple of unique features. The first is a deep blue hole right in the middle of town. It’s reported to be over 600’ deep, although the locals say it’s bottomless. They also said it’s the place where all the local kids learned to swim. Supposedly Jaques Cousteau dove in the hole to try to find the outlet to the ocean, but no such luck.

The other memorable feature is a restaurant across the island called Northside Restaurant. It’s operated by Rosie who picks you up (or in our case, asks a friend to pick us up), feeds you and then gives you a lift back across the island to the dinghy dock. Of course, it’s not a normal restaurant in some respects. Mostly – no menu. Rosie describes what food she has in stock and then she goes to the kitchen and cooks what you decide on. In our case, bbq chicken, cole slaw, mac & cheese, and peas & rice. While she cooks, you can wander the beach, admire the unique décor and just hang out with others. We also discovered Sammy’s place, a small café with great food and reasonably fast wifi. While we did laundry we were able to enjoy lunch and catching up on blogs at Sammy’s. It’s a great place to relax.

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Entering Rock Sound Harbor

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Sunset in Rock Sound

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Going to Ocean Hole

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600 feet down there it opens to let ocean water in to this inland hole.

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Fish live in it too.

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Souvenirs at the Ocean hole

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Our ride out to Rosies

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Rosie and her dog heading into her restaurant.

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All the decorations she found on the beach

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Rosies in Rock Sound

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Rosie serving other guest

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After ordering our food we wondered down to the beach

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Rosies back yard….I know, I know….we are jealous too!!

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More decorations….painted coconut

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Conch shell flower vase

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She is a Grandma too!!

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Our Bahamian dinner….BBQ chicken, bahamian mac and cheese, potato salad, slaw, a staple in the Bahamas peas and rice and fried plantains. It was all amazing!

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Rosie driving us back across the island to the dinghy dock.

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An international wall of license plates…from all over the world. We didn’t have one to contribute.

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Sammy’s Place….the people are so friendly!!

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Lunch and wifi at Sammy’s

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A great laundry mat too

 

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Fishing

2016 March 6
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by lyn

and actually catching!!

Weather forecasts can be so deceiving! All the weather sources (we usually look at 3 or 4 different ones every day) all forecast 12-15 kt winds from the SE, perfect weather to sail up to Eleuthera from the Exumas. Imagine our surprise (not) when they were all wrong and we ended up with 20-25 kt winds out of the NNE, making for a wet and wild 55 mile ride. But we also managed to switch from fishing to catching when we stopped contributing lures and managed to catch a good-sized mahi mahi. All those lessons from Phil and Kathy are starting to pay off!

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Hawksbill Cay

2016 March 6
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by lyn

The book, Wind from the Carolinas, describes how the British Loyalists tried to recreate their South Carolina plantation life in the Exumas. Needless to say, they failed. Occasionally there are some vague reminders of their attempts, though. Hawksbill Cay has a number of ruins of some plantation era dwellings that highlight just how hard it must have been. Between the lack of soil on the small islands and the challenging weather conditions, it took some very hardy people to even try it. But try they did – for several generations. The book is a fascinating glimpse into what it must have been like. We definitely recommend it to anyone heading this way. It’s especially fun to read about the history while here exploring where it all happened.

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Hiking to ruins from 1785.

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Just like the AT.

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Almost there

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Walls

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Bee Hive oven. It is round like a bee hive.

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Cistern to collect rain water.

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Another wall of a house.

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View from the top.

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Dinghy drift visiting!!

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Paperbird and Unicorn anchored together!! Such a blessing!!

 

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Shroud Cay

2016 March 6
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Shroud Cay is the site of Camp Driftwood, an old hermit’s camp built out of, what else, driftwood. The camp is long gone, but the site is sure beautiful. There is a winding salt water creek that leads to the hill where the camp was located. The wind was calm the day we were there and the water in the creek was crystal clear. What a cool ride!

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Entering the dinghy “path”.

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Floating on air.

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At the top of Camp drift wood.

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Fun day!!

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Another beautiful beach!!

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Clear water!!

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More snorkeling fun.

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Beautiful brain coral.

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Heading back to boat.

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Met up with Jo and Jim from Ocean Spirit to dinghy through park.

 

He quieted the sea with his power