Thursday, March 9, 2017
Well, it's been a long time since I posted anything. What can I say? I'm on Island Time! ;)
At any rate, on Sunday morning, when we left the piano and the mermaid, we made our first passage through one of the infamous Exuma Cuts and out into the deep waters of the Exuma Sound. These cuts can be treacherous if you time them wrong. They have strong tidal currents, and if you get the wind (which drives the waves) and the current opposed, you get something called a "rage", with steep short waves and choppy confused seas. I guess we got it right, because we motored through Rudder Cut smooth as can be with no problems.
The trip to Georgetown was an easy motor-sail South East, and seven hours and 35 miles later, we dropped the anchor off of North Monument Beach in Elizabeth harbor, just across the harbor from Georgetown, Great Exuma.
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This is the furthest South and East our travels will take us.
|Another Gorgeous Sunset. Someone on the radio pointed out that "This does not suck!"|
|Volleyball Beach. Note that the posts holding up the net are sailboat mast sections!|
|The Signpost. Distances to everybody's home ports.|
|The Chat 'n' Chill Beach Bar|
|Chillin' on the Beach|
|Boats and Dinghys Everywhere|
|A whole Galaxy of Anchor Lights|
|It's Windy Out There!|
Joan's Georgetown post 1
Joan's Georgetown post 2
Joan's Georgetown post 3
|"Paradise in a Coconut"|
The costume party was a "Castaways" theme, and heavily featured characters from Gilligan's Island, but also included Tom Hanks and Wilson, Captain Jack Sparrow, and others. The winners (for creativity) were a couple of guys who had nothing for costumes, so fashioned something out of palmetto fronds, rope, and sticks!
|Ginger and Transvestite Ginger|
|Mr. & Mrs. Howell|
|The Professor and his Coconut Telegraph|
|Sculpture at the Two Turtles Bar (there are actually 7 Turtles!)|
|Exuma Straw Market (the original one burned down)|
|Peace and Plenty Resort. Had a great dinner there.|
|The Music Festival was starting up the day after we left|
With the winds finally dying down to sane levels on Wednesday, we waited until Friday to depart in order to give the waves on the Exuma Sound a chance to die down too.
Next, its off North to Lee Stocking Island to see the abandoned research center there. Shades of Jurassic Park! We'll be sure to keep a sharp eye out for Velociraptors! ;)
Life is good.