January 24, 2014
We did not make it to Conception Island. The weather just wasn't conducive to get there. We stayed put and attended a cruiser reception put on by the Exuma Tourism Office. Great Bahamaian food such as conch fritters, rice and peas, and lobster salad were a few of the dishes served. The crossing from the anchorage to Georgetown was so bad that everyone got soaked on the return trip.
January 25, 2014
Today wasn't terribly exciting. The only thing we did was shelling on the beach. We got wet as it rained towards the end of our shelling expedition.
January 26, 2014
Today we attended Beach Church. It was a good service until the end when a random attendee decided to challenge the lay speaker which was inappropriate to say the least. Then we played Trivia at the St. Frances Restaurant. Four players to a team and there were fifteen teams I think. We all had fun trying to answer the questions. Then we dinghied back to the boat in the dark. The harbor looked like a city of high-rise buildings because of all the anchor lights and other lights lighting the boats. It was a beautiful night scape.
January 27, 2014
We were supposed leave today to head north but another boat, Sequence (from Pennsylvania), wanted to go north with us, so we put our departure off for a day. We shopped today for a few grocery items to hold us over until we return. We snorkeled in Elizabeth Harbor today. There is a marked reef that's great. The water was 73 degrees. Not as warm as we would have liked. Mark and I both wore our short wet suits. We attended a rock & roll dance this evening. It was too crowded to even dance. We left early because of the crowd and we were afraid the deck would cave in due to the amount of people on the deck.
January 28, 2014
Today we left to head north. On our way north we decided we would troll fish. We went in to the shallower water to see if we could catch anything. We were lucky and we did catch two barracuda. We would have like to have caught some edible fish but no luck with that. We stopped at Leaf Cay Anchorage near Lee Stocking Island. We went exploring to the beaches at Leaf Cay. It was a bust. No iguanas or shells. Mark did spot one iguana and took a picture but we were not impressed. We left Leaf Cay and moved on to Lee Stocking Island and the abandoned research center. We wanted to look at the anchorage at the research center. We tested the depths then went to the Coconut Palm Beach. It was fantastic. Bev and I went swimming because the water was warm. The guys walked the beach. We returned to the boat and another Beneteau came in. We thought he had run aground. He hadn't. He couldn't start his motor and had sailed down from the north and anchored his boat with his dinghy moving the big boat around. We checked on him to see what the problem was. He had a faulty starter. We had one that would fit so we gave him our spare and when we return to Georgetown, we will pick up the new one he ordered to replace the one we gave him. We were glad we could help a fellow cruiser.
Today we made plans to go to the beach right around the point on Leaf Cay to clean some conch Mark and gotten when we were snorkeling in Georgetown. When we landed on the beach today we were greeted by pink iguanas, which was a highlight of the day. They came out of the brush. Not too many at first, but then there were at least 20 of them. They were looking for food. We threw them some conch. Then we decided to keep the rest for bait. We found a few shells then we left the beach to move our boats over to Lee Stocking Island anchorage near the abandoned research center. We re-anchored then went to explore the opposite side of the island beaches. The rock formations were absolutely breathtaking. We hiked all afternoon and hunted for shells on the beach. The water was pretty rough so we opted not to snorkel today. We visited on Sequence with Dave and Toni then returned to our boat and then we went to Scandia to make plans for our day tomorrow. We will be moving northward again and Sequence will stay at Lee Stocking for the week before returning to Georgetown. We will return to Georgetown the week of February 16.
January 30, 2014
We left Lee Stocking Island this morning headed back north to Black Point. We arrived at Black Point at 12:30. Here we met up with two more boats from Fairfield Harbour, Tarsie and Hot Chocolate. It was great to see Joe and Kathy (Tarsie) and Bill and Sandy (Hot Chocolate). There was a get together at Scorpios in the evening for cruisers and we met up with Harry and Fran (Sirius) whom we met in Vero Beach. We left the get together to go have pizza, but the pizza place's cook was at a government meeting so we had didn't get to have pizza. Oh well, another time. We are headed back to Exuma Land and Sea Park, after the Super Bowl, to see more of it since we were in a hurry in December when we were there.