January 30, 2011
They gave us these Bahamas tee shirts as a souvenir.
Their plane arrived late.
It was smaller than Sue had hoped for and almost too small for
everyone's luggage. The luggage was loaded into the nose of the
Ken and Sue waiting their turn to get on the plane. Ken, untroubled
by the size of the plane, Sue... well as you can see she had a few
Sue waving goodbye. (HELP!!! GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!)
The plane getting ready to taxi over to the runway. It was a nice
visit and we're both glad that they had the time to get away and come down
here for a visit. Thanks for coming!
January 29, 2011
Behind Big Major Cay, is a beach where pigs live! Some of the
cruisers said the pigs were released by the locals so the tourists
would feed them for free and once a year they could get free
fattened pig. So, Ken and Rich head into the beach to check out the
This guy swam out to meet the dinghy.
Sure looks like Rich had to carry this one away from the dingy.
After lunch we all went back to the pig beach to feed them our
Dancing with the mama pig.
The pigs were really insistent that you feed them and they would
follow you around to make sure that you didn't have any more food
stashed away in your pockets. Ken is trying to convince this little
guy he doesn't have any more food.
Sue debating on whether or not to pet the pig. Ken swears this one
These guys went to sleep after eating. They would take their snouts
and dig a trough in the sand and wiggle down into it for a nap.
At the north corner of "pig beach" was the remains of a ship wreck.
It appeared to be the front of a wooden 35 foot (or so) sail boat.
It still had some of the cotton that was used to seal up the planks
still in between the planks. You could see some of the cut marks on
the timbers of the boat where they had hand cut and shaped the wood.
The northern beach on the island. We could see a table and some
chairs up on the beach so se went over to investigate.
Ken and Sue soaking up the sun.
Someone had decorated the area before us.
The driftwood is all set for a bonfire.
Later in the evening we returned to join other cruisers for
sundowners and a bonfire.
Cruisers playing games on the beach.
Talking about boats, sunsets, places we have been and places yet to
Sue's sunset picture, cruise line quality.
Ken's sunset picture.
Ken and another cruiser.
Janey feeding the bonfire... and no, she didn't really have her hand
in the fire
January 28, 2011
Sue and Edie are comfortable on the sail down to Staniel Cay.
We followed this boat through the cut.
Looks like a narrow channel; it was.
Club Thunderball, named for Thunderball Grotto. The grotto was
featured in the James Bond movie "Thunderball".
Rich and Ken checking the anchor.
Homes with a view on Staniel Cay.
Other boats in the anchorage
The road heading into town.
Rich likes reading the notice boards.
The airport where Ken and Sue picked up their tickets and confirmed
Conch is the favorite thing to decorate with.
Resting in the shade at the Isles General Store pavilion.
Rich really liked the tiled floor and if we ever get a house with an
outdoor patio plans to make a floor just like this one.
Wonder how postal property ended up here? (I hope that this isn't a
representation of the state of the Postal System!)
The Pink Pearl grocery store.
Rich and Ken at the dinghy beach.
After we were back at the boat this cargo ship pulled up to the dock
, then as it was leaving it backed out right behind us.
January 27, 2011
On the way to Exuma Land and Sea park we stopped at Norman Cay.
Rich really wanted to snorkel around this wreck of a DC-3 plane.
After checking out the wreck, the guys came back and took Sue over to
snorkel the wreck.
Sue jumping into the water.
Rich standing on the wing.
All done snorkeling and ready for lunch. (It was really neat!!!)
Sue gets to steer as we pull anchor and head for Warderick Wells
Ken and Rich on deck as we approach the cut to Warderick Wells.
Warderick Wells is a national park in the Bahamas where they have
set aside a large chunk of the Exuma islands as a habitat for the
sea life with in the region. The park is a great example of what the
Bahamas was like 50 years ago. These are the buildings for the park
Boats anchored off to the side of bay near the buildings.
Picking up the mooring line.
We went ashore for a couple hours exploring. The pictures of the
park are on Picasa.
Line of moorings on the east side of the bay. Snow Goose is at the
end of the line.
This white and purple Wharram was piloted by three women.
Ken really like the design of this boat.
Snow Goose sitting peacefully on the mooring.
January 26, 2011
We decided to visit SW Allan's Cay by dinghy and were greeted by
iguanas. these are the only cays in the Bahamas where there is an
indigenous population of native iguanas.
There are more
island pictures on our Picasa album.
While on the cay we saw this boat pull into the bay and anchor.
Two fisherman taking a load of conch shells over to the little bay.
They are throwing the shells into the water.
It was the "Papa II" fishing boat from Nassau. We saw this boat anchored at
Potter's Cay when we picked up Ken and Sue in Nassau.
We stopped to talk to them and found out the conch were still alive!
They were storing them in the water to keep them alive until they
headed back to Nassau. They had collected hundreds of conch and tied
them together in groups of 5 so that they couldn't get away while
sitting on the bottom in the bay. While we talking, we noticed the small cruise
ship seemed to be stopped, waiting.
The view under the Aqua Cat cruise ship as we passed.
After we were back aboard the Goose, the Aqua Cat backed into the
anchorage coming real close to our bow.
They off loaded a group of tourists to visit the iguanas on the
We were relieved when they pulled anchor and left the anchorage. We
were wondering if we were in the spot they normally use.
Sunset over Allan's Cay. A thunderstorm was brewing in the
distance to the north. We watched the lightening as the storm
approached. I was sure glad Rich had set our second anchor when the
January 25, 2011
Leaving rock Sound with the last point of land to our starboard.
We watched as this fishing boat roared across the water. He seemed
to be heading right for us and he was! It was Ken and Sue's friend
Dawson from Tarpum Bay.
He showed us his morning catch.
We purchased the four lobsters he had just caught, talk about fresh!.
It was an awesome end to our visit to Rock Sound; Dawson finding us
as we left. We were glad to have a chance to say goodbye.
These are the lobsters we bought. There are pictures of Ken cleaning
them on Picasa.
Finally out on Exuma Sound for our crossing to the Exuma Cays. A
following wind and sunny skies.
As we were leaving the banks, Ken was trying to reel in a fish, but
it got away.
Entering Allan's Cut after crossing the Exuma Sound. We had a great
passage on the sound with following winds and 7 kts of speed.
Passing SW Allan's Cay as we enter the banks.
Iguanas coming to meet us as we approached the beach; we were met by
dozens of them by the time we landed the dinghy.
Close up of one of the iguanas. There are more iguana pictures and
pictures of the ruin on the Leaf Cay on our Picasa Albums.
Sunset over Allan Cay
January 24, 2011
For our last day in Rock Sound, we asked Cyril to take us to the
beach on the Atlantic side of the island. The pictures of the beach
are in our Picasa Web Album. Eleuthra Atlantic Beach
The road to the beach has stands of coconut palms along the way. Sue
and I wanted some coconuts, so we stopped.
Sue and the first coconut Ken picked up from the ground.
Here Ken nearly got conked on the head by the falling coconut as he
knocked it from the tree.
Ken the coconut man and the stick he used to knock it off the tree.
Cyril decided it would be better to climb on the back of his vehicle
to reach the coconuts.
Cyril using his machete to cut the coconuts off the tree.
Sue drinking the fresh coconut water.
The water ran all over her, but it was good.
Cyril showed us how to husk a coconut with his machete.
Cyril husked several coconuts for us. Cyril was a warm hearted
friend during our stay at Rock sound and a real ambassador for the
Bahamas. I'll take away from here his wisdom of the island and his
friendship and his warm smile. Thanks for all of the help and
kindness that you showed to us. (Rich and Anna)
Tomorrow we head to the Exumas. Ken plans to use the conch he found
as bait, so he needed to take out of the shell. I took it out of the
freezer and he put it in salt water to thaw.
The conch has pulled way back into the shell and Ken grabbed the
claw and gave it a pull.
The conch pulled out easily.
At the end Ken gave a couple of tugs to the conch and he feel the
suction give way. The conch was out without putting a hole in the
shell. Yahoo!!! Ken cleaned it and cut it up as bait.
January 22, 2011
Ken and Sue were up early having coffee in the cockpit.
Rich just had to take a look at the sunken boat.
We decided to pull the dinghy out of the water to prevent damage at
It took three of us to carry the dinghy over to the trees to secure
The Rock Sound International Airport where we waited for Cyril.
One of the streets in Tarpum Bay.
Here at Pricilla's, we order two loaves of bread and a pineapple pie
to pick up later in the day.
We were told a British artist built this castle, which slowly
We decided to have lunch at 4 Points. The food was real good.
This ocean hole is in town.
Reef fish in ocean hole.
Rich and Cyril on the steps to the Ocean hole.
Overview of the ocean hole.
This plaques marks where the caverns in Rock Sound are located.
The steps to the path leading to the caverns.
Cyril, Rich, Ken and Sue on the path.
Really interesting tree on the path to the caves.
View overlooking some of the caverns.
Cyril and Rich holding the ladder for me.
Rich entering the caverns.
Rich climbing one of the tree roots.
Banyan tree roots reaching the floor of the cavern.
Looking up through a hole in the ceiling of the cavern.
Ken, Dawson and Sue. Dawson remembered them from their previous
Look at the size of this lobster! We bought it from Dawson for
January 21, 2011
Sunrise in Hatchet Bay; the wooden dock in front of Alice Town.
I decided to take Edie for a walk and Ken volunteered to go along.
Good thing, because the dock was in poor condition.
On the way out of the bay, we stopped by this unusual looking
Wharram. It was built 28 years ago using one of Wharram's early
designs with some modifications.
As we approached the entrance of the bay, this schooner was passing
The wonder of nature as we head south to Rock Sound.
Edie riding in her usual spot.
Rich reeling in his catch, he says it's a BIG one.
There it is...at least 3 feet long.
Well, maybe not 3 feet if we're lucky 1 foot.
Later in the day, sailing into Rock Sound.
We anchored off 4 Points Bar and Restaurant.
Rich, Ken and Sue went in to contact Cyril, who Ken and Sue had met
in Rock Sound on a previous visit.
Rich, Cyril and Ken at the ocean hole in the city of Rock Sound.
Rich trying a local beer called Kalik.
Cyril, Sue and Ken
A fiery sunset over Rock Sound.
January 20, 2011
We motored over to Meek's Patch Island for the night. The next
morning the full moon setting over the island and...
The sun rising over Saliander.
After leaving Meek's Patch we motored south going through Current
Cut and along the Eleuthra coast. There were silo ruins along the
coast from old beef and dairy farms.
Ken watching for coral heads.
Approaching the entrance to Hatchet Bay.
You can't see the entrance until you are almost on it.
Entering the channel cut through the island
The entrance is very narrow, but fairly deep.
The entrance to Hatchet bay from inside the bay.
The Front Porch Bar and Restaurant
Frannie and Bill, a couple we met at the Front Porch. They are
traveling the world in the warmer climes.
This is the inter-island freighter. Rich did a write-up about it on
These boats were moored near the Government dock.
January 19, 2011
Fog early in the morning. Many of the island residents told us that they
had NEVER seen a fog like this in Spanish Wells.
We stopped at Kathy's bakery and bought some of her great bread.
On the way back we walked by Shandell's lunch stand. She says that
she sets up every day and has conch fritters, sandwiches and salads
The local museum.
One of many beautiful beaches.
Ken and Sue walking on a spit of sand at low tide.
Rich and Ken at the end of the road, literally.
A beautiful view. This gives a good idea of what the islands
actually look like once away from the towns.
Ken husking coconuts on the beach.
The BoHengy, the fast ferry from Nassau coming into dock.
There were a lot of fish under the docks.
Rich, getting ready to go snorkeling with Ken.
Ken getting ready to jump in.
The two mighty lobster hunters swimming off to explore the reefs.
Later in the day we went looking for conch on the "flats" at low
tide. Rich and Sue walking the dinghy along the flats looking for
Ken walking the flats looking for conch.
While out walking the flats, it looked like a cargo ship was bearing
down on the Goose.
The Goose looks positively tiny next to the ship.
Close up view of the Cape Express bringing supplies to Spanish
Ken with the mature conch he found and it's a beauty. The rest of us
only found juveniles, which left to mature.
The conch in the freezer. Hopefully we will be able to remove the
conch without putting a hole in the shell.
At the end of the day we had a beautiful full moon over Eleuthra
January 18, 2011
We took some time to explore Royal Island this morning.
We stopped by the catamaran Simplicity on the way to the island.
Dave was kind enough to snap a picture of the four of us.
This "garage" was built into the side of the island and used to
store boats in (I think) for there is the remains of a boat ramp
that runs up to it from the water.
Behind the ruins of the resort was the remains of a concrete path to
the beaches on the north side of the island.
Do we go to Melanie Beach or
Turtle Beach? We chose Turtle Beach.
Rich is standing on the ruins of an old jetty.
In the cracks of the jetty were lots of broken conch shells. Some
looked fairly recent and all were too young to catch, it's a shame
that they didn't leave them to grow larger.
Gusty little mangrove on it's own. The start of a mangrove covered
Rich and Ken on the jetty looking at a small island that appeared to
have a cave.
Ken found this coconut that still had water in it. He shucked it on
This is the nice man made cove and the island in the distance is the
one with the cave.
The color of the water is so beautiful.
We walked back up the path and down what appeared to be an old road.
These signs detailed the plans for Royal Island. At each sign is the
layout of about 1/2 acre lots that were for sale. The island is
going to get a new large resort and multi million dollar homes
sometime in the future.
Another lot ready to be sold.
We visited the ruins of a resort that was destroyed by Hurricane
Andrew in 1992.
Sue using the local sink....
which made a nice planter.
Our friends in the hallway of the ruins.
Rich and Ken in one of the rooms.
The veranda of the resort. It seems like it would have been a nice
place to stay.
We're heading into the western end of Spanish Wells channel; we went
for a stroll around the town.
A fishing pen just off the channel.
Spanish Wells is known for it's local fishing fleet.
The Texaco Star. (notice the people sitting in the shade under the
Buildings along the channel.
There were only about 8 moorings in the harbor and all but 2 were
January 17, 2011
It's the Captain's birthday, but no rest for the wicked.
John and Mindy got an earlier start and headed out of the anchorage
in front of us.
Sue on deck as we motored to the turn point heading out into the
We sailed from Rose Island to Royal Island.
We sailed past this big ship. It was anchored and the only thing
that we could figure it did was to lay cable.
It was a strong close reach across to Royal Island. The old Goose
had her rail down and running about 6.5+ kts the whole 30 mile
We sailed at a 25 degree heal and there was a LOT of water flying
It didn't seem to bother Sue too much though.
Nor did it bother the Captain.
January 16, 2011
It's Sunday and we sailed from Nassau to Rose Island.
Before we left, the girls had just gotten back from the showers and
Ken French braided their hair...What a great guy!
These homes are on Paradise Island, which is just across the channel
from Nassau on New Providence Island.
The resident business Sandy Toes on Rose Island.
This John and Mindy on Cocquina. They invited us for sundowners at
There is a tradition in the Caribbean of blowing a conch horn at
sundown. Mindy is getting ready to blow her conch horn.
Ken is trying to blow the conch horn... we got a great laugh out of
Rich taking a turn blowing the conch horn.
Mindy showed us the conch she and John had found while snorkeling
in the anchorage.
January 15, 2011
The pirate boat as it leaves the Rose Island anchorage.
A couple of the sailboats heading south.
Looks like these guys are racing to get away from the big city.
You can barely make out the 10 sailboats in the distance leaving
Nassau for the Exumas.
Looking in all the wrong places for food????
Outside vendor making conch salad.
Busy main street in downtown Nassau.
Our friends Ken and Sue arrived at Snow Goose while we were out
walking. Edie was sure glad to see them and so are we.
Rich and Ken on the bridge to Paradise Island.
Our friend Sue took this picture in front of the Atlantis Marina.
This is an interesting sculpture inside the Atlantis Casino.
The artwork in the complex is awesome.
Our friends Ken and Sue on Poseidon's throne.
Rich and I on Poseidon's throne. I feel like Lily Tomlin's Edith
Ann; anyone remember her?
P.S. Our friend Ken won $3.25 playing the penny slots at the casino
with a 2o cent investment.
January 14, 2011
Leaving the anchorage at Royal Island.
We're leaving Saliander and Catalia behind.
Rich taking a much needed rest.
Making the run through the cut at the Rose Island Rocks.
The Captain is really happy we're right on course yet again.
Waves splashing on the rocks near Rose Island.
This is a cut into a little pond on Rose Island. Looks like it is
intended to a small community with docks for private vessels.
This party boat was anchored at Rose Island until dusk. The music
was loud and the people on board were noisy. They were having a
A tall ship coming up to Rose Island for the night.
Busy anchorage. The excursion boat was anchored at Sandy Toes Bar on
Rose Island. The tall ship was anchored in the distance.
Sunset at Rose Island.
January 13, 2011
We were the first boat up and out the pass at Little Harbor.
Saliander and Catalia follow behind us.
Edie and I enjoying the ride which is surprisingly smooth. The winds
are steady 13-17 kts with gust up to 20kts. The waves and swell are
reasonable. Overall a very nice downwind ride.
Saliander and Catalia are still with us.
We notice this little sailboat converging on our path; it looked
like it was in danger of being swamped.
Then it rose up on a wave and looked fine.
The Captain is as happy as can be with Snow Goose and our fine
We entering the cut between Egg Island and Little Egg Island right
in the center.
January 12, 2011
Well, the Goose made it to Little Harbor in preparation for going
off shore tomorrow and we anchored behind Bridges Cay to get out of
the north wind. We had a great time tonight visiting with the
couples from the other boats anchored near by. There were
Peter and Raewyn from New Zeeland on Saliander, Eric and Isabella
from France on Catalia and Ken and Janine from the states on a
Valiant. If I have any of the names incorrect, forgive me. The food
was good, especially the guacamole Raewyn brought, but the
conversation was better. There would have been pictures, but we were
too busy talking and forgot to take them. Saliander, Catalia and
Snow Goose will head toward Egg Island bright and early.
January 8, 2011
Finally, it took three tries to get the Snow Goose docked. The wind
was strong and blowing us off the dock.
Treasure Cay Marina is one of the best places around to fill your
water tanks. They charge a flat fee and will even allow boaters to
rinse off their boats.
This is the marina office and gift store. The showers are in the
back of the building. For $10 dollars a night a boat anchor out can
use all of the marina facilities. A really great deal for cruisers.
This is the outside bar and swimming pool. The marina also maintains
a nice beach on the Sea of Abaco which is just across the
street from the main facility. It was a great place to visit and a
very secure harbor during high winds.
January 7, 2011
We stumbled across this cafe while on a walk around the island.
Before we left Treasure Cay we had to go back to La Florance.
Florance the baker.
As you can see, it early and the rolls are over half gone.
Oops, I forgot to take a picture before we started eating our roll.
They are the best rolls in the islands.
January 5, 2011
We left Manjack Cay and headed to Treasure Cay to wait out the bad
weather which is coming. To get there, we had to go out into the
ocean around Whale Cay.
It was a busy day at the Whale passage. At one point we counted nine
boats in the Whale passage area.
This work boat was coming in as we were leaving the Whale; towing
five little boats behind him. We had a great sail along Whale Cay
and even put out a fishing line hoping to catch some dinner. After
the Whale, we visited Spoil Cay for a bit of shelling. And now, the
rest of the story.
When Rich went to let the dinghy down; he realized our fishing line
was caught in the prop, so he's preparing to dive.
Handing Rich a knife to cut away the line.
Half an hour later, the prop is cleared
The rest of the mess attached to the rod. Afterwards we made a quick
trip to the island and I picked up a few shells. As we rounded the
tip of the island, we saw a shark right next to the beach in the
shallows. Then I remembered Linda from Sojourner had told me not to
swim around Spoil Cay, because there was a resident shark. Uh-oh,
good thing that Rich didn't know that.
January 4, 2011
Cute little sign to lead the way.
The paths splits with two choices, we went to the ocean side.
The shaded trail through the forest made the walk cooler.
The view of the ocean and the reefs was beautiful.
I took a rest on this log, just watching the waves roll in and
listening to sound of the ocean. So very peaceful, today.
January 2, 2011
Rich and I decided to go exploring in the dinghy. We puttered around
the bay next to White Sound looking at wrecked boats and wildlife.
The water is so clear you can see straight through to the bottom.
There are many creatures on the bottom and this one caught my eye as
The starfish stood out with it's brilliant color.
Rich gently lifted it with our paddle for a closer view.
The starfish is absolutely beautiful in it's perfect shape and it
Even the bottom of the starfish is interesting with it's intricate
design. There are several of these starfish on the bottom of
White Sound where we are anchored. We can see them clearly.
January 1, 2011
HAPPY NEW YEARS TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
Junkanoo is the national festival of the Bahamian people. Historians
believe the festival has it's roots in the African slaves brought to
the Bahamas in the 1700s. The actual name Junkanoo may be a
derivative of the name John Canoe who was a slave trader on the West
African Coast. Whatever the origin of the festival; it always
encompassed costumes and music and food.
People waiting for the parade.
This float is carried by several people.
The Junkanoo at Green Turtle Cay is a family one with children in
costume and marching along the adults.
This decorative canoe was interesting.
Cowbells are one of the traditional instruments played in a Junkanoo
as the early slaves had easy access to them.
These elaborate costumes were made from crepe paper and feathers in
brilliant colors. African slaves would use paper, feathers, sponges
or anything they had to decorate their clothes for the festival.
There were several horn players in the parade. Traditionally conch
horns were used in the early festivals.
The beat of the parade was kept by the drummers. In the early
festivals the drums played were African goatskin drums.