Before starting today’s blog, I want to let you know, Barry and Miriam, that we met Paul and Shannon on Time Out VI, the friends of yours from Metcalfe. We had a nice chat with them on our first trip to Staniel Cay while our daughter, son in law and the grandkids played on the beach. And to you Paul and Shannon, if you are reading, thank you for your info on different places to enjoy in the Exumas. It is always nice to talk to folks who have been doing this for a few years. As for you guys, Barry and Miriam, I expect you are anxiously waiting for all the snow to go so you can go to Cape Sable Island and enjoy your summer.
Okay, back to our March 10th day……Up fairly early. Heard Sarah awake and she put the kettle on for the coffee. Had breakfast and started raising the anchor. Sarah and James were on anchor duty and ended up pulling it up by hand as the windlass was giving us trouble again. We were away from the anchorage at 07:30.
Our project for today was to get our sign ready to lay on top of Boo Boo Hill, where sailors leave their sign with the name of their boat. It is supposed to be on drift wood and can’t be nailed to anything, just laid on top somewhere of all the other boat names. We had found a piece of driftwood on Royal Island with Geoff and Bunkey and Mike had the idea to write out the name on it and then burn it into the wood with a nail. We knew just the person to do it. (again, it is great to have crew) 😉 So Sarah set to work on the sign.
They took a break from the sign as we needed to do more important work. Sarah’s epoxy did not hold and trying to do it again wouldn’t work. Mike figured maybe a hole could be drilled through the frame and a cord strung through. We had just the thing. A noodle for holding your sunglasses on. Redneck at it’s best. 🙂 Maybe not the most fashionable but better than getting a headache from the sun.
We dingied over to the office so we could pay and get some park information. We were surprised to be greeted by Cindy from the boat Copper Penny. We had met them in Vero Beach when we were there. They are from Barrie but sail out of Midland and are working their way over to New Zealand to visit their daughter. She was helping out in the office for a bit before going over to the Abacos. Look at the view from the top where the office is. The mooring balls out front were all taken. They must be reserved a day in advance and only if someone is leaving, do you get one. Seeing the boats on the balls as they follow the lay of the channel from up here is a pretty sight.
The bones are from a 52 ft. sperm whale. Apparently, they can mistake a plastic bag for a jelly fish and once it gets caught in their blowhole, they can’t breathe. Everyone needs to be careful with their garbage.
We finally made it to the top. There is Sarah and James looking out at the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Mike and I holding our sign with the Exuma bank on other side. And we placed the sign among so many others. We did see the sign of Jacobs Ladder and Copper Penny.
We went back to the boat and the kids took the dinghy over to another snorkelling place and then to a different beach.
Today we travelled 18.3 nm.