Now that the front has passed and the seas calmed down, everybody's going to be leaving today. Reasoning that the same thing woud be happening at Cambridge Cay mooring field, we got up extra early to get ahead of the "rush" and get to one of the vacated moorings there. On the way, we contacted Pearl on VHF and they confirmed that there were available moorings, and more boats were departing.
The trip was a short motor-sail, less than 3 hours, and we picked up the mooring without incident. Joanie is becoming quite the expert at capturing and tying up to a mooring pendant.
Pearl was anchored just north of the mooring field. We arranged to meet up with them after lunch and they would take us on a long-distance dinghy trip to some prime spots.
The first leg of our dinghy expedition took us about a mile and a half South, across Conch Cut, into the northern end of Compass Cay. There we beached the dinghys and walked along a shallow creek to the far side of Compass Cay to a location known as "Rachel's Bubble Bath". This is a large sand pool just inside a rock wall that separates it from the Exuma Sound. A low gap in the wall allows waves to crash through and fill the pool with bubbling foam. (click on any of these thumbnails to see the full resolution photo)
|Rachel's Bubble Bath|
|Moored at Rocky Dundas|
|Going Into Grotto #1|
|As You Clear the Entrance|
|Inside Grotto #1|
|Giant Coral Tree|
|Going Into Grotto #2|
|Just Past the Entrance|
|Inside Grotto #2|
|The Way Out|
For the last leg of our dinghy trip, we traveled 3/4 mile North, back across Conch Cut to Cambridge Cay, not far from the mooring field. We beached the dinghys on a wide, shallow sand beach, and followed a twisty trail through the dense palmettos to large beach on the far side known as Honeymoon Beach.
|Trail Through Dense Palmettos|
|Deep, Dark Blue Waters of the Exuma Sound|
|Strange Looking Sponge Washed up on Shore|
That evening, we dinghy'd over to Pearl for sundowners and snacks with Bruce & Gayleen, their son Brandon, and his girlfriend Sophia.
|Gayleen, Bruce, Sophia|
|Bruce, Sophia, Brandon|
Once again, after a long and wonderful day, we tumbled into bed.
Life is good.