|George and Deb visit OOTMBBITB|
We took a couple of days showing them our favorite spots around the sea of Abaco before taking the Whale Cay passage north to Green Turtle Cay. The “Whale” can be a crazy passage in a blow but our crossing was benign.
Green Turtle Cay has two sounds – White Sound in the north and Black Sound in the south. The settlement of New Plymouth lies in the south of the island near Black Sound on Settlement Bay. We had Goombay Smashes at Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar and took a leisurely walk around the community.
|Miss Emily's Blue Bee Bar|
Our anchorage in White Sound was fine but the Bluff House Marina was having a special so that if we ate in the restaurant our moorage would be free. Free is our favorite price so we moved in 50 meters and tied up – and importantly hooked up our power and turned on the air conditioning. WOW – we have grown accustomed to sleeping in the heat but AC is a great luxury when we can connect to shore power.
|The Signing Tree - not the Hanging Tree|
We’ve heard boats reporting in over the radio from Double Breasted Cay in the north and it offers protection from all directions. It was on the way and overnight squalls were predicted so it seemed like a good place to anchor. There is a strong current which required a Bahamian Moor – one anchor upstream and another downstream so the boat alters from pulling on one anchor to the other as the current changes. It keeps the boat from swinging wildly in a narrow anchorage. We had never done it before and we say with great humility that we executed it perfectly. Our night was secure – even as squalls hit us at about 1:30 in the morning. Pam and George reported that there was incredible lightning, thunder and winds. Glen slept through it.
Throughout our journey we have been nervous about fishing on the banks because we seem to catch nothing but huge barracudas. Well, wouldn’t you know it, Fish-Killer Pam got up the nerve and what did we get – huge barracudas. We think we might have hooked something good like a mahi but Glen screwed it up.
|After a small jolt with our fish defibulator, he was as good as new.|
|Finding the Lost Boys|
|Grateful search party leaving with our boys|
We had expected a heros’ parade and free conch salad when we arrived at the dock at West End – however that somehow eluded us.
We have loved our time in the Bahamas but now that we are heading towards home we are in a hurry to get there. Soon we will be in Florida – spending time fixing small problems and enjoying civilization. Then home to family and friends!!!
Heard it snowed at home in Abbotsford yesterday - "Dang, that ain't good!" Hope it warms up soon.