This morning, we got up early to make the very short (7 mile) trip to Shroud Cay, where we picked up a mooring ball. We were amused to note that the straight-line distance back to Norman's Cay was only a few miles, and we could easily see the mound of construction rocks at the south end of Norman's that were being used to create a new breakwater for the coming resort that is being built there.
The early start gave us most of the day to do our exploring in and around Shroud. Shroud Cay is the first of several islands in the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. It is completely protected and undeveloped. This particular Cay's main features are the large mangrove swamps in its interior, and the large beach on the Eastern side, away from us.
Once settled in, we dropped the outboard back onto the dinghy and took a quick ride to shore, pulling up on the small beach there. The shoreline is rocky and steep everywhere else. We noted the short climb up to the honor-system payment box, located well above any possible high-water mark. We would come back there later to to pay our $20 mooring fee for the night.
|Mostly Rocky Shoreline|
|Honor System Payment Box at the Top of the Hill|
|North Creek, Off in the Distance|
|North Creek Entrance|
|Warning Notice: 3 kts and NO JetSkis|
|Mangrove Roots Line the Creek Shore|
|Side Creek into Mangrove Swamp|
|Portaging Dinghy over Sandbar|
We pressed on as far as we could go, eventually getting to the point where it was too narrow for the dinghy. We had to back it out to a point that was wide enough to turn around.
|Deep in the Swamp|
|The Last Wide Spot|
Once we returned to Dolce Vita, I grabbed a $20 bill and a pen and we headed back to the beach to climb up to the payment box to put our money in an envelope and fill out our info. The view from the top of the hill was worth the climb.
|The Job's Not Over 'till the Paperwork's Done|
|Dolce Vita in the Mooring Field|
Life is good.