Yes, that’s right; waiting in Nassau because we arrived on the 25th and Scot, Jody and Margie arrive on the 30th . We had planned on leaving the anchorage outside the marina and heading over to Rose Island for a few days but on the 26th it poured rain most of the day and the wind blew like crazy. We didn’t venture off the boat that day.
The next day, Sunday, was beautiful and sunny with a light breeze. Normally we try to find a church in the area to walk to, but since we had been on the boat so long in Royal Island and then couldn’t get off on Saturday, we listened to church online and then dingied over to the dock. We stopped in to see Cardea first. They took a dock on Saturday, as they were having family arrive with two small kids for a few days. Sue, along with her daughter and grandkids had taken a taxi over to Atlantis for the day. We talked to Gary and Max the yorkie, for a few minutes. We then went over to the dinghy dock to tie it up. The dinghy dock is much to be desired because if you go in on a low tide, it is quite a ways to get up on the dock. There are no ladders! A word of advice; don’t wear a dress! 🙂 When we got back with our carts, the tide was in so it wasn’t such a long way down for us to get down.
Now being in the Bahamas, groceries are quite a bit more expensive and if you are in the out Islands, they are even more expensive. We googled to find where a lot of the locals shop and found one that was a mile and a half away, Parkgate Marketplace. The shorter route it told us to take was really an eye opener. We thought at first we should turn back but we kept going. It sure was in the slum area of Nassau with a very narrow road and no sidewalks. Burned out houses, old cars littering yards that were all smashed up and so many families living in one shack. Very sad. I ddn’t take any photos because there were lots of people sitting out in the yards. We were certainly glad when we got to the street that the grocery store was on. We had priced some things at Solomon’s and found almost everything to be cheaper. I know when the kids fly in, they will want to pick up a few things that they like and we will just go to Solomon’s as it is right across the street. I tell you this so you will be prepared if you ever come to Nassau and need to buy groceries! 🙂
After getting our groceries loaded into our little carts, we headed back to the boat. Although, this time we took the long way back. It wasn’t really much further but was on the main road and at least there were sidewalks. We certainly got our steps in that day, over 12,000!
And let me tell you this also. The drivers in Nassau seem to be on a mission and drive very, very fast. So, another thing to remember should you ever find yourself in Nassau, if you are out walking, be very careful, they don’t slow down or stop for anything or anyone and definitely don’t go out walking at night. Safety is a concern for sure, and I don’t mean just because of the fast drivers!
Okay, then came Monday and man was it windy! Actually, it started howling through the night and we saw gusts up to 35 kn. Our anchor held and we decided to stay right where we were with the kids arriving on Wednesday. A boat that was not far from us, started dragging. Mike had just gone out to the cockpit and noticed. He quickly grabbed the air horn. Finally the owner came up and ran out but not before it had hit a derelict boat. Two others came up to the cockpit and pushed the boat away from the derelict while the owner was up trying to get his anchor up. They finally got it away from the derelict and then they went over to get a slip at the marina. He came by later to talk to us and thanked Mike for blowing the air horn. He said he was sound asleep and the two buddies he had with him, were also still in bed. What a way to wake up! A very nice young man from Montreal, QC. He mentioned that there wasn’t much damage to his boat; the derelict one had the rub rail ripped a bit. The sun came out and the winds died down a bit so in the afternoon, we took the dinghy in again and this time went to Solomon’s to get a few things that we couldn’t get at Parkgate Marketplace. And there was a gas station right beside the dinghy dock so we filled our fuel jugs.
Yesterday, Tuesday, looked like it would be a gorgeous day when we woke up. Cardea went by us this morning and said goodbye. They were headed over to Rose Island. We may see them somewhere again down here in the Exumas. I hope so. Later in the morning, we had a few showers off and on and the wind picked up later in the afternoon. A boat came in while we were blogging in the afternoon and we didn’t notice until later that they were quite close to us. The wind shifted and picked up at suppertime and their bow was almost kissing our stern. We were about to tell them but they had just left on their dinghy. Can’t imagine why anyone would leave when they knew how close they were to an anchored boat! We quickly knew we would have to pull up anchor. Grrrr. We had been in this spot since arriving on Friday and the anchor held through all the fronts passing through. So annoying! It took us a while to find a good spot. There’s two derelict boats in here, one sunken one and more boats anchored in here than when we arrived, so it was slim picking. Finally, we got a good hook and set the anchor alarm. The winds finally died down, thank goodness! We have a slip booked for tomorrow morning at the marina. They have laundry facilities which we desperately need. And a pool….Bonus! The kids arrive around 14:00. Can’t wait! We plan to head to Allans Cay on Thursday to see the iguanas and then keep going further south.
Some photos below of our sightings while out and about in Nassau:
Dinghy dock; step waaaaay up
Neat looking old tree; we were told that it is 200 years old
Pretty painting on a house
Clinics and Doctor’s offices
Love these road names
Queen’s College; quite a large campus
Bahamas National Drug Council
Lovely parks with walking trails
Mike toting the cart; such gorgeous water
Lots of buildings
Nassau Yacht Club
And yes, even a Starbucks
A big boy on the dock
Persuasion at anchor
Yikes; the boat that Mike alerted with the air horn
Notice the white spot in the water. Sunken boat showing at low tide
Bow and stern sticking up
Good night Nassau
We will be waiting for the taxi when Scot, Jody and Margie arrive. Praying for fair winds and smooth seas as we visit the islands in the Exumas with them. Margie will enjoy her first night in the pool.