Today’s homework included baking banana bread! The kids measured, calculated, and mixed and learned how to regulate the oven. It threatened rain all morning, but we
decided to head out for some exercise before it came and we hiked up Monument hill. What a beautiful view from above. We could see the names of the boats below made out of limestone rocks, where only a week ago we put our name (unfortunately in white rocks – not well visible from above).
Afterwards, Aden and Ava came by with Bailey to visit.
We finished the day, as usual, at Chat n Chill. Jeremy played chess on the beach until the rain came again.
Back in the shelter of the boat, Jeremy hosted “Fishtival”. This was a party he had been planning and preparing for a few weeks. Some of the games we did included Ocean Mimes (we had to mime specific marine life), Goofa Fisha (pass fish drawings), Create your own reef, Ocean Memory, etc.
Only a week before, Serena had organized Earth Day with thought-provoking games including “Create an Invention to Help Save the Earth”, “If you are President What Would you Change”, “Create an Animal that has Evolved to Adapt to Pollution”, “What Earth Problem Would you Solve”.
Our kids have been very consistent in planning, preparing and hosting several special celebrations. We are very proud of their creativity!
May 2 – 3
Rain all day. So much rain, one could not even see the horizon during the day.
I was able to collect plenty of water that we used to do wash, dishes, and scrub the deck.
Beautiful rainbows each day.
Ava from Sava came over to play with the kids. This is the first time I have seen a rainbow touch the water’s surface!
Do you think there was a treasure chest of gold buried there?
First sun in 4 days! We took this opportunity to pack a picnic and take a hike along Ocean Beach with the Childress family from Sava. Lots of neat things to explore along
the beach. Awesome surf was coming in due to the high winds we have been having for the last week. We hiked along the path that took us to Sand Dollar Beach.
Luckily the Ship Shack gave us great shade from the sun where we could eat our lunches. The kids splashed in the turquoise waters on the beach while the adults cooled off in the shade chatting. The walk along Ocean Beach offered many opportunities to see marine life in tide pools. Lots of fun splashing along and discover with friends.
More Chat n Chill in the evening. More rain in the late afternoon. More rainbows.
As a treat for Jeremy, Emily, the Cruiser’s Net Controller from Temptress, invited him to be the Junior Net Controller for this morning’s Net. Papa drove him over to Crab Cay at 7am to get him prepared. At the 8am kickoff, Jeremy gave the sunrise, tides, temperatures, and even led Community Events and Thought of the Day.
We were very proud of how well he announced on the VHF. His speaking / VHF etiquette was very professional. I posted a short video of what he did on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.holenski/posts/10155244871030684?comment_id=10155246182185684&
We had plans to leave tomorrow, so when the rain squalls chased us away from Chat n Chill at 4pm, we came back and started to prepare the dinghy, roll up the paddle board and Airhead, etc. Due to the winds that continually have been coming from the SE, we changed our plans north to go to Black Point, the Aquarium (near Cambridge & O’Brien Cay), stage at Wardrick Wells and then head NE to Rock Sound, Eleuthra. This would mean a 6:30am departure to cover the 65nm to Black Point. When the sun peaked out, Venita and her guests (Island Lady) came by for Happy Hour until sunset when the kids blew them away with their conch horns!
Almost no sleep last night due to a wicked storm that started at midnight. Lightning everywhere! Thunder shook the boat and the gusts from the S/SW were topping at 35+ knots. Rain was coming down in sheets all night. The storms gathered around again at 3am and continued straight until 7am. We had planned to pull up anchor at 6:30am, but this delayed our departure. We stayed for the Net to announce our departure. A few other boats wanted to leave too but were hesitating due to the numerous cells hovering all around us. We made alternative plans for our trip north in the event that the weather forced us to change plans as we went north (ie. hide out in Musha Bay). By 11am, when the thunder was still rumbling all around us, we decided to stay yet another day. This weather has delayed our originally planned departure by 10 days now!
We had to make the best of the day, so we put the dinghy back into the water and headed the kids over to Chat n Chill for one last hurrah with their friends. Jeremy was very excited to have finally learned how to swing from the highest branch of the Chat n Chill tree. All the other kids have been doing it since we visited the place in January, and now Jeremy got the courage to do it! Great accomplishment Jeremy. He also whipped some of the kids’ butts in games of chess in the afternoon while Serena explored with her close friends Ava and Katie. The kids have both also been getting very good at beach volleyball!
We said our goodbyes at the beach and got the best ribs to take back and eat in the boat before the rains came again. In the evening, we discovered that a bat had made a home in our bimini. We had seen it flying around the last few nights, but didn’t know it was living on our boat! Bat or man-eating moth?
The morning started off stormy (with thunder/lightning) right until 6:30am. We were hoping it would not be a re-run of yesterday’s bad morning, but by 7am, the rain stopped. Since we could see no terribly threatening clouds on the horizon, we finally pulled anchor. Yeah!!!! FINALLY!!!! As we left Elizabeth Harbour, we were able to announce our goodbyes – again! – on the Cruiser’s Net (that started at 8am). The winds were light, so we motor-sailed right up to Galliot Cut (just south of Farmer’s Cay).
We had nice company: Saleh (Eli, Jen, Maggie, Katie, and Cody on Island Packet 35) and Radio Waves (a Hunter 42). Once we had crossed through the cut (luckily at slack tide) onto the Banks, we were able to turn off the motor and sail to Black Point – another 2 hours north. It was a race for the 3 boats! Unfortunately, ours was the slowest! We got a great anchorage right next to the government docks in the town sheltered nicely from the south east winds. We had suggested to the other boats to meet up at Lorraine’s for pizza. By 6pm, the crew from Saleh was meeting us at Lorraine’s and we had a pizza on order. While waiting the hour for the meal to come, the adults headed over to Scorpion’s for a Happy Hour rum punch – boy, do those pack a punch for $3! Dinner was full of good conversation amongst adults and play amongst the well-matched kids. We even had an exotic frog that came to join us at the table! Lorraine was in top form and happy to see us. We pointed out that she needed to inform Explorer Charts that they had
published her home phone number in their text. By 8:30pm, we felt droplets of rain and realized this was a good time to pack up and head back to the boats. We all walked together and bid each other farewell (as they were going to Staniel and we were heading to Eleuthra). Back at the boat, our “bat moth” friend made her appearance again. This time, she got really friendly and stuck right to me.
And 15 minutes after we arrived at the boat, the rain started falling hard. I think the approaching thunderstorms were scaring the moth! Sure enough, within another 10 minutes, the wind switched dramatically to the west (the ONLY direction from which our anchorage was not secure), and picked up to 20 knots! The protected bay for all 10 boats anchored here became a washing machine for the rest of the night. The wind bucked and tossed us – our plates were clanking and boat was creaking all night. Not much sleep for those who needed to leave the next morning!
After the sleepless night, we awoke to more washing-machine action. We were eager to get going. At least under sail, we would be able to roll with the movement and not feel thrown around. We agreed to tow the dinghy rather than lift it on deck in these seas. Unfortunately, we arrived at the Gotham Cut with the tide already turned, so we fought a 6 knot current to try to get out into the Sound. It was nip & tuck for 15 minutes – we could not see us making tracks forward relative to the land and feared we might not make it through. Luckily our Serena I was able to make it! On the Sound side of the island, the water was beautifully flat! Of course as the wind had been coming unusually all night from the west making the Banks the rougher place to be.
Once we were settled a comfortable distance from the reefed shoreline, Captain Chris and his helper Jeremy threw out the fishing lines in hopes of a catch. On & off sprinkles and clouds until we reached the intersection at Cambridge and O’Brien’s Cay. Here we turned into the Cut, motored around Pasture Cay and anchored in between Halls Pond Cay (Johnny Depp’s island) and O’Brien Cay.
We had finally arrived at the Aquarium – what we missed on the way south. It was a tiny limestone island that had lovely coral gardens just below the surface with hundreds of Sergeant Majors and Grunts waiting for unsuspecting snorkellers. Serena and Jeremy were squealing with delight to be lost amongst hundreds of fish! We swam around the island admiring the marine life and coral. Some of the marine life we saw included a hunting Trumpet fish, a Queen Angel, a Triggerfish, a Nassau Grouper, a Squirrelfish, and many healthy coral specimens like tube and Christmas trees. Getting back to the dinghy, we were greeted by a 3 foot barracuda!
On our way back to the boat, we stopped at another dive site where a small airplane had been wrecked. Lots of great photos taken there with Serena diving deep to see the inside of the plane’s cockpit. By 3pm, we had lifted anchor to head north.
We arrived at Warderwick Wells around 5pm, just after a few short squalls.
We got the mooring next to the one we had in January at the base of the J. Funny enough, the 2 eagle rays greeted us – we were happy to see them. Another stormy night.
Aw….sun…finally…after a long week of rain!
Today was a day to snorkel. I took the kids around the boat to chase the lone eagle ray that passed under. Jeremy got some good photos of it against the contrast of the white
sand. We noted the terrain of the sandy bottom, seeing how the current creates “steps” on the floor with the sand and swirls the sand dollars around. We were amazed by the vast number of sand dollars and conch shells in the sand below our boat.
Then we went 2 moorings from our boat to snorkel the reef where the turtles typically play. Instead, we saw lobsters and large schools of grunts in beautiful coral gardens.
Then we saw 6 huge houndfish cruising at the surface, but they kept their distance while watching us! We snorkelled until the current got too strong. After lunch, we headed over to Emerald Rock to snorkel several good spots there. Lots of great photos were taken in the calm waters including French Angels, Blue Tangs, a huge crab, Christmas tree worms, and a spiny lobster.
When we got back, the 2 eagle rays came swooping in again. Papa Bear jumped in just in time to get some good close up photos and a video! Amazing how close they let us get!
You could see the details of their spots! We invited all Cruisers for a Happy Hour get together on Powerful Beach. We got there at 5pm and kept fit by playing ProKadima.
Sure enough, by 5:30, people started coming. By 6:30, there were at least 20 cruisers gathered and chatting under the pavilion on the beach. It was good to have people with whom to chat, get weather updates, and advice. Due to hungry kids and a long day tomorrow, we had to leave by 7pm.
We left at 8am with storm clouds on the horizon. We did not want to get stuck in Warderwick Wells again, with no access to internet or weather reports. Getting through the Warderwick Wells Cut was tough as the current was against the wind creating high chop. Luckily the current was pushing us through and we were on smooth waves in 30 minutes. A33 nm (6.5 hour) trip North East across the Exuma Sound to get to our next destination: Rock Sound, Eleuthra. A motor sailing day, but we ended up furling up the genoa and ultimately dropping the main. The forecasted SE winds were NE all day – right on the nose! At this point, Papa Bear caught another female Mahi Mahi – supper for tonight! Christian is really getting expert in filleting fish! This Mahi Mahi had practically no meat left on it when he was finished. His technique is improving with each catch.
When we got to Powell Point at 2pm – the nice arching bay protecting Rock Sound from S, SE, SW winds – we raised our canvas and had a nice sail down the Davis Channel to a peaceful anchorage in Rock Sound. As we approached, we were greeted by a lone dolphin that swam at us and veered away after he decided our bow wave was not big enough! There were only 4 other boats there when we arrived at 5pm. We had our scrumptious Mahi Mahi for dinner and called it a night.
A day for exploring Rock Sound.
We put the dinghy in the water and it began to rain. Using this time, we did schoolwork and Papa Bear donned his hood and wetsuit to do the thankless job of scrubbing the boat’s bottom. Boy did we ever have lots of green hair growing under the surface! Thank you Christian for that work effort – it will make us go faster! Then Jeremy helped Papa put water in the forward tank. Just before lunch, we headed over to Rock Sound in search of a place to snack. Even though we read the Explorer Charts, they are sometimes out of date, so we asked around and finally decided to follow the street signs to Sammy’s Restaurant. What a good choice! Great food with great service at good prices. We ordered conch burgers. The kids got Shirley Temples for only $1.75 (as opposed to Chat n Chill’s $6). Then for dessert, we treated ourselves to $1.75 ice cream cones! Mmmm…Walking around Rock Sound, it seemed to resemble more of North American than Bahamas due to all the deciduous trees (fewer palms). It was surprising to see so many abandoned homes that were in disastrous states.
Many of them had forests growing inside of them! They sure do have HUGE aloe plants everywhere…here’s a photo for you Sylvie!
We stopped by a well stocked/fair priced grocery store and picked up a few things. Then we checked out the Ocean Hole on our way back to the boat. Open to the ocean on the other side of the island, the Ocean Hole is close to 950 feet deep with high mineral water (sulphur) that is a mix of salt and fresh. So many fish swimming around we could see due to the clear water. You can see
where locals dive off the edges of the Hole to jump in…we were tempted, but given no one was in the hole, we decided against it. Going back to the boat for our water bottles to fill up at the Homecoming site Government water faucet – no guarantee that it is potable water though.
We spoke with some fishermen who had caught some Hogfish and Nassau Groupers. Got some wine at good prices ($9.75!) at Papa’s Site. Then we headed over to Frigate’s Bar at the south part of the beach. According to the Explorer Charts, this is supposed to be a great place to meet other cruisers at Happy Hour. Unfortunately, the girl at the bar said there was no Happy Hour anymore and the place was full of “no-see-ums”. We did chat with a few of the patrons, who were all on their way north from Georgetown area, but after 15 minutes, we gave it a pass and went back to the boat. The “no-see-ums” were very bad and even found their way to our boat (100s of metres from the beach!). We also had 2 birds that were desperate to make a nest in our spreaders….they continued to chirp and bring grass/twigs to our spreader, despite the fact that I was whipping our halyard to scare them away. Oh well, tomorrow, when we were under sail, they would figure it out!
Despite the early morning rains, at 7:45, we had hoisted our dinghy on the deck and raised anchor. The “no-see-ums” were out in full force, encouraging us to leave! ½ way through our passage to get to Hatchet Bay, we changed our mind and changed course for Governor’s Harbour. This shortened our trip by ½ time and we had more time to visit this historic little town. We noticed that Tikitiboo was still on our tail (they had followed us into Rock sound from George Town). Governor’s Harbour was the first capital city of Bahamas back when the Eleutheran Adventurers came seeking freedom in 1649.
It presents an appealing picture of colonial houses colourfully placed on the steep hill around the harbour’s gentle arc. Beautiful homes with bougainvillea cascading over garden walls enhance an architecturally charming community. We walked up the hill to the other side where the unique French Leaf Beach was situated. This beach had rosy
coloured sand…when you look up close, the beige sand is speckled with red. Not sure where it comes from but is very pretty. There were a few sunbathers on the empty beach despite the cloudy day. We walked for about 2 hours and enjoyed viewing such different Bahamian, rather colonial, architecture. Trying to find some souvenir t-shirts (yes, we’ve been on this trip for > 10 months and have only bought 1 sourvenir t-shirt!), but the only souvenir shop in town had a rule “No trying on t-shirts”. They said we “should know our size”, but with these foreign manufacturers, no one really knows their exact size. Oh well, they lost 3 $25 sales ($75) because all 3 of us were ready to purchase. After that, we desperately tried to find a place to buy a snack for the kids and some drinks, but it looked like everything was closed. A nice lady from a store offered us a ride to a ocean-view restaurant, but they were finished with lunch and soon to have dinner. So she drove us back to where we met. The grocery store ended up being expensive and we gave up and went back to the boat. The kids got set up with snacks and we went back to investigate Cupid’s Cay to see the historical buildings dating back to when this region first settled. We saw the site of the 1st US Embassy on the island, which was now only a pile of rubble. The houses were in disrepair on this side of the bay – in stark contrast to those beautiful estates we saw earlier in the day on the other side. The people on this side of the bay seemed to be much friendlier. Maybe it was due to the fact that it was now happy hour? When we got back to our boat, we waved to our friends Tikitiboo (a St. Francis 50) and Cat Cay (a luxurious powercat) on our starboard side. Bugs were not as hungry tonight, but the same 2 birds kept trying to make a nest in our spreaders! It is definitely spring!
Happy Mother’s Day! When we got just outside the harbour bay area, we had 2 playful dolphins swim up to us and splashed in our bow waves for a few minutes. They were very healthy bottlenose dolphins. Too quick for me to take photos, though! The ride to
Current Cut was to be downwind in 20+ knots of wind and 3 foot following seas. We had 33 nautical miles to cover to get to the Cut and then once through it, another 10 to get up to Spanish Wells. We were told to time the passage of the Cut at/around low tide because the water flowing through there has very strong currents. It was a lovely sail but as we got through Current Cut, just as others had warned, we hit a speed of 11.2 knots! Unbelievable how quickly the limestone islands were passing us on both sides. As we got out of the Cut, we made a decision to not stay at Meek’s Point because it looked too windy and we called Bandit (on Channel 16) to reserve a $25 mooring right in Spanish Wells. He was happy to oblige and we got the 2nd one across from the Shipyard restaurant. The entry was not well marked…thank goodness for our charts because it was hard to know where the shallowest places were. We were going through a stretch that was showing 5.6 feet on our charts, but luckily we were at high tide, so our depth sounder showed 10 inches below the keel!
We were happy to be at the mooring as the wind continued to pick up (gusting to 30+). We headed out to explore, once we got the dinghy
down. Apparently, Spanish Wells is one of the most affluent Far Bahamas Islands. The island was settled by Eleuthreran Adventurers who left England seeking a place to call home (ie. religious freedom). It has been a fishing village ever since and prides itself on the fact that it supplies well over half of the Bahamas commercial crop of lobster, conch and fish. This small island, with its charming cottages and splendid gardens, is easy to walk through. This is the first island we have seen that did not have derelict cars or abandoned /overgrown houses. The primarily Caucasian population take such pride in
their homes and gardens which are so well manicured. The primary mode of transportation is golf carts. We ended up taking our dinghy to the Spanish Wells Yacht Haven Marina where we bumped into Tikitiboo again. We had a nice chat with them and told them we would meet them for Mother’s Day drinks & snacks at the Shipyard restaurant. When we went back to the Shipyard end (near our mooring), it was starting to rain, so we quickly got a seat on the terrace (which was fully booked for dinner reservations). We met Pinky, our lovely hostess who gave us some history on the town. Then John and Marcia and Jonathon from Tikitiboo came to join us. We had a lovely time but had to head back to make dinner.
When we got back to the boat, we found it smelled strongly of diesel fumes. We figured it was the boat moored ahead of us. After my Mother’s Day dinner, the odour got a bit stronger. Then after the kids went to bed and we started to brush our teeth, I checked the bilge and it was full of dark liquid. Within seconds, we realized that our diesel tank, which had a hole repaired in it 5 years ago, had re-opened it’s previous patch-job and was leaking diesel at a fast pace (we could see it trickling). Under Jeremy’s bed (where the diesel tank lies), the liquid had reached a high level. All under the floor boards (where we store all our goods, food, supplies) was filled with diesel fuel. We quickly moved sleeping Jeremy to our v-berth and I started to scoop out the diesel with a cup into a pail. We would not have enough pails to store the amount of diesel that was leaking. It was midnight and we had to find a solution. I suggested we go to land and find a metal garbage can to pour this stuff into. Smart Captain Chris (who was MacGyver in a previous life) immediately thought of ways we could lift the tank so that it would be on an angle to slow/stop the flow from the hole that was at the lowest bottom end. We used a pole and ropes to lift this extremely heavy, awkwardly shaped tank. Luckily, we were able to lift it after 20 minutes of hard work. It stopped the flow. Now we had to clean out the liquid that was permeating the bilge and our breathing space. By 3am, we had cleaned up 90% of it and went to bed, with Jeremy beside us in a hot 85F room.
Captain Chris started the morning off early by seeking help on land. He bought cleaning supplies and was able to find a nearby dock where we could tie up and do the reparations/ cleaning necessary. We would need backup assistance to get there, since we had almost no diesel to run the motor. Our friends from Tikitiboo offered to use their dinghy to help push our boat if necessary. We were ready with our dinghy to push as well (we have done this in a previous emergency on Lake Champlain). We had to wait until the current and wind and tides aligned to allow our travel to the dock with minimal problems. It ended up that the barge docked at the place where we were to go, did not move until the end of the day, so we planned to move tomorrow. However, we spent the day, cleaning, up to our chins with diesel fumes, degreaser smell, and Lysol. And the kids continued their schoolwork, business as usual, only now they were working in our cabin. We were invited by our friends on Tikitiboo to go to their marina and use the pool. We took them up on their refreshing invitation! We had drinks near the pool with them. Knowing that Jeremy’s room was where the diesel tank is, they even invited the kids to sleep over at their boat so that they could get out of the diesel fumes. What a generous offer, and we took them up on it! The kids were VERY excited to be on a beautiful 50 foot catamaran! Jeremy challenged Jonathon to many games of chess and both children had loads of fun in the pool. We really enjoyed our time laughing with John and Marcia. It really helped us get our minds off our worries. Thank you sincerely John and Marcia!
This morning at 8am, we were ready to move the boat to the dock. The kids were still at Tikitiboo, but John brought them to the dock and the 3 of them helped us get in. We were not sure if our engine would start, given that we had pumped almost all the diesel out of the tank. Luckily, we had enough to get us the ¼ mile over from our mooring. The current was so strong, it took our boat right into the dock, but luckily only a scratch. Immediately upon arrival, we took the fuel tank out of the boat and onto the dock. Of all places to be stuck with such a terrible problem, we were very lucky to be in Spanish Wells, as the people are so willing to help. This is a fishing boat mecca and they were all experts in metals and fibreglass. Unfortunately, our solution would require PVC welding capabilities. No one was able to help us solder / weld the hole in our tank. One wonderful mechanic, Jarrod, offered to build us a custom-made aluminum tank. But that could take a few weeks. So Captain Chris (aka MacGyver) researched how to solder PVC
on Google. He felt very confident that he would be able to do it. He spent 2 hours trying to modify his soldering gun (by inserting a screw-driver bit) so that it had a flat surface to “glue” the patch. He then sliced off thin pieces of “donor plastic” (which came from the fuel tube) which he would use to melt onto the patch. When the rain went away, he began melting the patch with the soldering gun. We were very happy, as it looked like it was closing up the hole and reinforcing it. Unfortunately, in the late afternoon, we tested it by putting a few litres of fuel in the tank and tipping it upside down to see if it would hold. The patch clearly leaked. We were so disappointed. Christian was crestfallen. He was so sure it was the right approach, but then he realized that he missed a step to seal the patch before melting the PVC over it. But now, he had changed the composition of the material, he could not go back to re-start. He would need to try another solution on top of this. John, from Tickitiboo generously offered an epoxy that we could try, so, tomorrow would be another day to try a new solution. Tonight, we were ready to have a cool splash in the Spanish Wells Marina pool with our friends John and Marcia from Tickitiboo.
This morning Christian finished trying the new epoxy from John and was putting several layers on. I helped a bit but spent most of my time cleaning more below while getting the kids to do their homework in the 85F humidity. We had quite a few visitors today, many of whom were offering their help in some way. The sailor’s community is very special that way. That night, we were invited yet again to go for a swim at the marina and then Happy Hour at its bar called Wreckers. Going to Wreckers Bar, we then also met up with 2 other couples from catamarans (Doug and Suzy from Carina and Craig and Susan from the powercat named Cat Cay that we met in Governor’s Harbour). The kids had a blast with Captain, Cat Cay’s beautiful 11 month old Golden Retriever. And because Pinky was working here tonight (not at Shipyard), she treated the kids to some great Shirley Temples!
This morning I ventured out with the kids to see if we could visit the Spanish Wells All Age school. Sure enough, Mrs. Gibson, the principal was very happy for us to peak into the Grade 6 classroom where Miss Mitchell was the teacher. The kids were getting ready
to go on their school trip to Nassau and visit Atlantis for a few days, so it was fine to have a “surprise guest”. We introduced ourselves and told them how much we were enjoying Spanish Wells. They asked us about our travels and we asked them questions about what they were studying, what they wanted to be when they grew up and how they liked living here in Bahamas. They were very curious to know how life on a boat was like.
When we got back to the boat, Doug from Carina was helping Christian put the fuel tank back into its bed. I decided that we would get a room for the night which was in a small cute cabin across the street. For the price, they included wifi, air conditioning, cable tv, free laundry, and a golf cart. How could we go wrong? As soon as we got the golf cart, I took the kids to the big Food Fair grocery store and stocked up. We bought a case of Kalik beer at Buddha Bar for $45 and then started doing laundry and moved into the motel. What a treat! In the afternoon, we got Papa Bear to come with us for a ride and we toured the small island of Spanish Wells and Russell Island connected by a bridge. The houses here are so very quaint and well maintained. Many of them have great views on the water. The island is surrounded by many long beaches where you can walk out for miles due to its shallowness. We saw a farm with turkeys, ducks and
chickens. We even saw many banana trees along the way. Very interesting how they grow “upside down” with a huge long phallic-looking flower! There were lime trees right beside, but my understanding is that these limes are a bit more tart than what we use.
During the ride, we stopped by to visit Craig and Susan (from Cat Cay) at their dock. The kids played with Captain while we chatted. What a lovely boat!
Because our motel room had a terrace with a BBQ, we decided to invite our friends Susan and Craig for “chicken on a can”. Our other friends from Tikitiboo had already left for Abacos and Carina were getting ready to leave early. So we had a lovely BBQ dinner and fun conversation. A great view on the water too, where we could see our boat. The kids enjoyed it as well because they could watch TV – for the first time since Christmas. Thanks Susan and Craig for a lovely evening!
We have been checking the diesel tank since Christian put it back in with Doug a few days ago. It seems to be doing ok – do not see any leaks yet. So this morning, while I was doing the last of the laundry, we took the boat over to the fuel dock and put in 58 gallons into the tank. Oooph… very nerve-wracking…let’s keep our fingers crossed that the pressure does not cause it to leak again! We are aiming to leave tomorrow as a large front is coming north from Cuba. We would like to be sheltered in the Abacos when this one hits.
While the kids spent most of the day in our motel room doing homework and playing,
I kept busy grocery shopping, and finishing laundry. The kids finally went for a walk with me, as I was getting in the mood for spring flowers. I took many photos of their
lovely flora. Unbelievable how their weeds are considered our flowers! They grow enormously here. Their Alyssum, Petunias, Impatiens, are all so vibrantly coloured and healthy!
Happy hour to say goodbye to our friends Craig and Susan. They will leave tomorrow as well, but are heading to Great Harbour Cay. We will be going through the Spanish Wells Cut north to Abacos. They are predicting 30 knot winds so we will make the final decision tomorrow morning.