Sunset the second day of rock and roll. I think
the worst is past.
March 25, 2014
Today was a long day of rolling
March 24, 2014
The "Thunderball Grotto" got it's name from the
James Bond movie "Thunderball". This cave was used in the movie as
the entrance to the bad guy's headquarters. There is a large cave
in the middle of this island that has 4 entrances to it so you can
swim completely under the island. The center of the roof has
fallen in in several places to become "skylights" to let sunlight
into the cave... It's really cool to see and to snorkel thru. We
dinghied over to the grotto and everyone was excited.
Inside the grotto you could see the walls were
colored with growth and the water filled with light as the
skylight let the sunshine into the cave.
The sunshine coming down into the water brought
forth vibrant color throughout the cave.
A look at the ceiling of the grotto and the
many holes in the roof.
One of the entrances into the cave
Our friend Walt .
Pat and Walt holding to a ledge in the grotto.
(Anna transformed their picture into a "pencil drawing" using a
program on the computer).
Outside the grotto there is a small coral
garden. Here's an excellent specimen of brain coral.
Isn't this little fish cute, I loved the aqua
color on his back.
Interesting fish, we've never seen one before.
The picture doesn't do the fish justice for it had lines on it's
side that would hide it within the coral.
Beautiful purple fan.
These were waving back and forth in the
There were hundreds of these swimming around
the grotto. The resort feeds them when they take guests out to the
grotto so they come out by the hundreds looking for a handout.
On the ride back the boats we saw this
He's about 3 feet across and we shut the engine
off and drifted over him to get the picture.
March 23, 2014
Bahamian Navy anchored in the Big Majors
Anchorage. They announced their presence over the VHF.
Rainbow Connection a beautiful 34 ft boat with
the distinction of having the most forward sails that I've ever
seen on a small boat.... most unusual!
Rich feeding our bag of goodies to the pigs.
They drink water from a bottle. If we had
known, we would have brought some.
The pigs are in a hurry, so they will often try
to get into the dinghy in the water if you're not careful.
There were many young piglets running around
the beach. This guy was popular, I wonder what he brought for a
A face only a mother could love.
Rich found these blow holes. Every time a wave
came in, the surge of water thru the cave under the rocks would
push the water out and into the air.
Not much to see on the beach, so we snorkeled
the little bay area. We found these black sea urchins.
There was a small coral patch with fish
I don't know the fish species, so I guess I
need to buy a book on reef fish.
Afterwards we went back to our boats to pack up
dinner and head for Pirate Beach. Bonfire time.
The cruisers have done a good job fixing up the
The Three Musketeers. Snow Goose, Waves of
Grace and Our Desire.
Another beautiful sunset in paradise.
Rich stoking the fire.
Walt and Rich, our very own pyrotechnics
watching the fire.
March 22, 2014
Galliot to Black Point
This is one of several nice homes that we
passed as we motored through Farmers Cay cut.
Another home with a beautiful view overlooking
Farmer's Cut going into Exuma Sound
This is the main harbor and road on Little
Farmer's Cay. It's a very small settlement.
Oven Rock; from a distance this little cave
looks like it has an oven in the side of the rock.
Osprey nest on top of Oven Rock.
It appears that these little ones have been
abandoned. I saw nothing of the mother bird when we were in the
Sailing next to Waves of Grace to Blackpoint
Picking up coconut bread from Lorraine's mom.
It is delicious.
March 21, 2014
This Schooner was coming in Elizabeth Harbor as
we were leaving. She was a beautiful sight.
Going out Conch Cut was a bit rough with the
wind hard on the nose.
We passed this boat as we sailed to Galliot cut
Going into Galliot Cut was interesting.
Waves rolling in at Galliot cut. the tide was
going out and the waves were coming in so it was an exciting ride
into the cut!
We were told by a Bahamian that he ate these
when he was a boy.
We found these sea urchins in the water...
March 20, 2014
Our friend Ralph left for home today. :(
Back to the frozen north. Meanwhile we had to prepare to head
north ourselves. Rich filled the water tanks and then we went
grocery shopping. Afterwards we met our buddy boats for an evening
of fun and food.
Peace and Plenty
March 18, 2014
Rich and Ralph went into Georgetown to find
internet service and sight see.
Bet you can't buy one of these in the states.
It sure is small.
Deb, Pat, Walt and I walked the ridge while
Ralph and Rich snorkeled ocean side.
There were several tidal pools along the
This is poisonwood, the Bahamas equivalent of
Beautiful shell, too bad it had a resident.
Sitting on the bench with my new friend.
Kind of scary; reminds me of a Tim Burton
I think the bear was sad to see us leave.
March 17, 2014
Back to George Town
Leaving Conception Cay as the sun comes up.
We had a great sail until the 30 kts storm
front over took us for awhile, afterwards, I steered the
Goose in Conch Cut...
Only to find this BIG boat stuck across the
channel. They went straight when they should have turned. They
were stuck for on entire day before they wiggled loose.
March 16, 2014
Rich and Ralph walked over to the beach on the
north side of Conception Cay.
Captain Rich relaxes in just one of the many
chairs that had floated up onto the beach.
and trash on the beach...
and more trash made into beach art
Ralph sand hill climbing
Nice selfie, Captain.
This is very interesting, Rich believes that
this is a petrography from about 500 years ago when the Lucayan
Indians lived on the island before Columbus landed. Or, it could
be made by a cruiser who had nothing better to do. I've read that
these islands do have petrography but most are in caves. The red
color is a type of natural algae or lichen that is on some of the
rocks down here.
March 15, 2014
Heading to Conception cay
In the morning we were getting ready to leave
Rum Cay when our friend "Biggy" showed up.
Rich and Biggie saying good-bye. Biggy was the
local entrepreneur and had his hand into almost everything going
on Rum Cay. Quick to laugh and tell stories, it was a real
pleasure to meet up with him.
After about 3 hours we came to the southern end
of Conception Cay and saw Wedge Rock.
We took the dinghy up into the center of the
island thru the shallow creeks and tidal flats that are inside of
Conception Island. The tidal flats look like melting snow piles,
but it is sand.
Snow Goose anchored just off the entrance to
March 14, 2014
Another day at Rum Cay
The supply boat arrived at the government dock.
It was really loaded. Pallets of cement blocks,
cement, sand, building supplies, water, food, anything that an
island needs... Not all of this is for here the boat makes many
stops before going back to Nassau.
Rich and Ralph walked about 3 miles to the new
airport and found one good, new plane and two wrecks.
We climbed on an old Beech twin tail that was
sitting there. It was from the early 1950's and had been stripped.
Ralph out on the wing.
The only decent plane at the airport and what a
beauty it was!
Ralph and Eric... isn't Eric the typical
Doesn't look too threatening, just a small fin
in the water...
Here's a better look at the 6 foot lemon shark
swimming under the dock waiting for fish to be cleaned and a free
March 13, 2014
More of Rum Cay
We decided to walk around Port Nelson for the
day. Rum Cay has a population of 80. There were paved roads, but
very few houses.
The government dock.
St. Christopher's Anglican Episcopal Church.
We were told this building was an
unfinished hurricane shelter. They are waiting for money to finish
Goats wandering around the island.
The local school where there are 14 students
and 2 teachers.
I loved this sign... you are expecting a good
road and you get this...Not a nice as the Queen's HWY.
Lunch at Kaye's.
Anna and Delores, (the owner of Kaye's) and one of
the local police officers.
Look at all the floats, they have found on the
March 12, 2014
Approaching Rum Cay after a five hour run from
Clarence Town. We were heading for Summer Point Marina. The marina
is closed, but we had been told that we could stay at the dock for
we could make it in.
The first thing Rich did was put a line out at
the dock. He caught a remora which we promptly threw back.
This is one of the nurse sharks swimming around
These cottages were part of the Summer Point
Resort which is closed and a bit run down. At one time this was a
nice marina/resort but now it's on the way out.
We walked around the resort/marina; there were
several carvings around the property that been carved by
Bobby Little the owner of the resort.
A beautiful sunset just before the "rescue at
After the picture of the sunset we heard a cry
for help! It was a girl swimming in from the reef. Rich and Eric to the rescue.
Her and her boy friend swamped their boat out on the reef and were
trying to push it in to the beach. I went and towed them in to the
beach and then towed them across the bay back to their boat.
I love the look of backlit clouds.
Eric shared this lobster with us after he and
Ralph went diving for dinner.
March 11, 2014
Driving around Long Island
We rented a car and took a trip around
long island and found an abandoned Catholic church on the south
end of Long Island.
Inside the church.
One of the grocery stores we visited. No ice
Post Office for Deadman's Cay.
We finally found the right road that lead to
the deepest "blue hole" in the Bahamas.
A blue hole normally is a underground cave that
has had the roof fall in creating a deep hole in the land or in
the water. Deans is the deepest blue hole in the Bahamas and the
second deepest in the world at 663 feet deep. The platform that is
in the picture is used for competition free diving. There is a
line run over the side that goes straight down to the bottom and a
free diver grabs on to a weight, takes a big breath, and heads
down... the trick is getting back up before you run out of air!
The world record for a free dive was set here at
March 10, 2014
Ralph and Rich snorkeling near the rocks in the
Bay. they said that the water was amazingly clear with 100+ feet
We ran into many sheep and goats wandering around the town
and the island.
Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church sit high
up on a hill. This was built is the late 1800's by Father Jerome
(who also built several other churches in the islands) and it is a
wonder to see.
Not sure what this is for.
Rich climbed the tower and took many
pictures from the top This is looking out at the back of the
church from the tower.
Father Jerome also built this Anglican Church
(before he converted to the Roman Catholic religion) and it was in
beautiful condition. They were doing some reconstruction to the
church when we visited.
Taking a much needed break after a long walk to
March 9, 2014
Getting to Clarence town
We passed this sailboat as we sailed toward
Clarence Town on the ocean side of Long Island. Good looking boat
Entering the harbor at Clarence Town. Look
really close and you can see that the waves appear to be breaking
everywhere across the opening!
We made it in OK and while backing up promptly
wrapped our fishing line around the prop.
Ralph and Rich went snorkeling to clear the
prop and found treasures on the bottom. The Conch were too small
to keep but the shells were really nice.
The biscuit shell was full of the little hermit
crabs on the right.
The red shell on this conch was lovely, but it
was a roller so back it went into the sea.
This milk conch sure was a fighter. We should
have taken a video of him for he'd come way out of the shell and
swing and grab for us!
Not sure what type of shell this is, but look
at the foot pad!
Interesting piece of coral.
March 8, 2014
Leaving George Town for long Island
The start of the Long Island Regatta.
Everyone leaving for Thompson Bay, Long Island...
we went the other way!
Class "C" Bahamian racing sloops, sure are
March 7, 2014
Hiking on Elisabeth Island
Rich and Ralph decided to walk up to Monument
Hill for some exercise.
View of Elizabeth Harbor from Monument Hill. This
picture only shows about 1/3 of all of the boats anchored in the
harbor. I bet that there were about 200 boats here.
March 6, 2014
Snorkeling around the harbor
Note, tomorrow we are going to go off for a
week exploring the out islands of the Bahamas in this area and
will be back in internet range when we get back.
Sand dollar that Rich found for me. This
picture was taken by our new underwater camera.
Rich found this sea cucumber in the sea
grass... sure is ugly! We are learning to use our new underwater
camera. Thanks, Angie.
Close up of (who knows???)
There were lots of these little silver fish
swimming along the bottom.
Rich chopping up the conch meat.
With the meat from two conch, I made conch
fritters and sweet potato fries. We invited our buddy boats over
and had them as hors d'oeuvres. Then
enjoyed a potluck dinner filled with conversation and laughter...
We also forgot to take pictures of the finished conch fritters,
but they were good.
March 5, 2014
Our friend working the conch I froze out of his
He has it almost out.
The conch, ugly isn't it? Can you believe we
plan to each it?
March 4, 2014
Leaving Galliot Cut in the morning.
The day was so calm that as we motored along,
Rich had time to clean the stainless.
Rich finally caught a fish! To bad it was a
He worked the hook out and tossed him back to
grow a bit larger.
The surf breaking on the rocks as we were going
into Elisabeth Harbor.
March 3, 2014
While walking around in Blackpoint settlement,
I noticed several fruit trees and a couple of local gardens. This
is a papaya tree with immature fruit.
This is a Noni tree with a nearly ripe fruit.
The Noni fruit is a favorite of Polynesians who introduced it to
Hawaii. Currently it is sold in health food stores as a health
This is the Sapodilla tree. The tree is prized
for it's fruit in Central America and the sap can be made into
March 2, 2014
Rich rode with Waves of Grace in their dinghy
around Big Major Island. They said the ride around the island had
LOTS of large waves and white water and was an "E" ticket ride.
They stopped in Staniel Cay walking around the settlement and to
the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. It's a resort on the Cay.
Great Bougainvillea flowers out of side of the
This is cruisers beach or as the cruisers call
Says it all!
A face only a mom can love. We went to "pig
beach" and it lived up to it's name when one of the pigs began to
swim out to our dinghy.
These guys are about 5 feet long and ready for
the frying pan.
March 1, 2014
We passed this Schucker named Misbehavin; it
was owned by a single gal.
My next boat...do you notice the umbrellas on the back deck? How
the side of the boat opens up so that they can get their 30+ foot
run-about out of it's garage? Oh, and don't miss the private
helicopter on the back deck!! All I need is 6 correct numbers and
the power ball number and it's all mine!