Heading home

Lighthouse on Great Stirrup Key
Lighthouse on Great Stirrup Key

The time has come again to head back to the states and home. We left Fowl Cay at 7:15 this morning. This is the light house at the top of Great Stirrup Cay. It was our turn point back to the States.

Sunset on the way home.
Sunset on the way home.

Sunset on the ocean. We traveled for 3 days and two nights through the gulf stream Getting back to the States and finally entered at the Fl/GA border.

 

The Berry Islands – Day 2

House ruins
House ruins

This morning we went exploring on Hoffman Cay. First, we checked the ruins.

Sisal plant
Sisal plant

The spiky plant behind me is a sisal plant. It is a member of the agave family and  was grown on farms on several  of the islands. It is used to make rope.

Rich, Anna and Tom
Rich, Anna and Tom

Next we hiked to the blue hole on the island. The Bahamas are filled with “blue holes” which are caves under the island that have collapsed to form deep, holes that look,,, blue. We are standing with our friend Tom on a rock ledge that overlooks the hole.

Awesome
Awesome

Blue hole on Hoffman’s Cay.

Rich standing on bottom ledge.
Rich standing on bottom ledge.

Rich hiked down under the ledge. It went over 30 feet back under the ledge! A cave-in just waiting to happen!

Cave
Cave under the ledge

The cave undercuts the area where we were standing.

Tom and Deb
Tom and Deb

Captain Tom and Deb leading the way to a beach on the north end of Hoffman Cay. It seemed like we were motoring forever. There is a path from this beach to the ocean side of  Hoffman Cay.

Overlook of the beach on the ocean side.
Overlook of the beach on the ocean side.

On the ocean side Rich walked up to the overlook above the beaches….

North ocean side beach
North ocean side beach

and took these pictures. The view was spectacular.

South ocean side beach
South ocean side beach
Rich's beach art
Rich’s beach art

Rich’s beach art made from the debris on the beach… a tribute to the Bahamian foot solver.

Coconut Bar
Coconut Bar

Last but not least, we stopped at Gilligan’s Isle aka Big Gaulding Cay to visit the island coconut bar.

 

 

April Fools

WOW… some one spray painted our name on the side of a sand dune… damn graffiti artists!

Snow Goose Graffiti
Snow Goose Graffiti

Just kidding… the coastie made this picture on his Go Pro with a laser.

What a beauty!
What a beauty!

First time for everything! Rich finally caught an edible fish.

 

 

 

The Captain and his fish....
The Captain and his fish….

Ralph, eat your heart out!

We cut through Nassau Harbor on the way to the Berry Cays and there was lots of traffic in the harbor.

Catamaran excursion sailing the banks,
Catamaran excursion sailing the banks,

Lots of load music and people noise coming from this catamaran.

Double decked boat for Dolphin Excursions.
Double decked boat for Dolphin Excursions.

This boat was moving right along; they must have been in a hurry.

Glass boat with upper deck.
Glass boat with upper deck.

I wonder what they see.

5 little ducks all in a row.
5 little ducks all in a row.

Perhaps this is the reason the traffic is so bad in the harbor. Five cruise ship were docked, the middle one was a Disney cruise ship.

Look who's painting!
Look who’s painting!

 

 

 

Goofy does a great job with the scroll work.

 

 

 

Bahamian Defense boat tied to a buoy.
Bahamian Defense boat tied to a buoy.

I wonder where the driver was?? Do you hear snoring?

Traditions

For me, New Year’s is about tradition. A tradition can be defined as a practice, custom, or story that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system. Although my family did not celebrate Christmas due to my parent’s religious beliefs, we did celebrate Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  As an adult New Year’s took a stronger place in my heart, as it signified all I hoped for in a new year or a new beginning. I like to look back over the previous year and celebrate the new year with family and friends. Living on the boat and being away from our family brought a bittersweet remembrance to this holiday. While we are making our dream of traveling come true, it takes us from home at the holidays. In keeping with my traditions, I made Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas), rice and cornbread for our dinner.  The meal was a comfort to me and reminded me of other years past. These flavorful beans are traditionally, according to Southern folklore, the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day for luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead. I have been serving black-eyed peas for more years than I can remember, much to my children’s dismay. When they were younger, I made each of themHoppin' John, rice and cornbread eat at least one bite for prosperity. I wonder how many of my children made black-eyed peas on this New Year’s.  The other tradition I hold for New Year’s is to spend time with family and do at least one thing I would like to continue through the year. This New Year’s day Rich and I went to the Junkanoo on Green Turtle Cay and participated in their celebration. During my time here in the islands I hope to learn about their history and culture and perhaps eventually I will be a beach bum and paint pictures.

Just another day in paradise.