Friday, May 11, 2012

A little break...

Bet you thought we fell in! 
We've been out of wifi-world. Well, we're back at Treasure Cay so we have great wifi for a couple of days.  Now to catch you up...

I think we left you in Marsh Harbour where we tried several times to get two different divers to come change our prop zinc.  Evidently it was not something they wanted to do.  So, we ventured to Water Cay and anchored for a little while so Tom could don his snorkel and change the prop zinc. It went quite well especially since it was his first attempt. Then on to Treasure Cay for some housekeeping... laundry, groceries, and refilling the water tanks. It's one of our favorite stops because the anchorage is good and so is the wifi!  Plus, there's a pool and good pizza.

This is a similar picture we took of Tom years ago at Nippers!

Nippers was our next stop for one last visit then we tootled around the anchorage in the dinghy the next morning and surprised a sea turtle just about a foot away from us. The water was so clear you could see the sea biscuits all along the bottom.  Sea biscuits look a bit like a sand dollar, but they are puffy and larger.

Beautiful full moon at Green Turtle Cay

We decided to go north for a few days through the Whale Passage, which takes you out into the Atlantic for a brief time. We anchored in Green Turtle Cay and caught up again with "Sea Hawk".  Enjoyed cocktails with them and John and Cheryl on "Moon".  Beautiful weather and we even threw up the sun awning. We left our friends after 2 nights and moved on to Rat Cay.  There was a great beach there and a trail across the island to the ocean. A lot of walking!

A good book, a beautiful view and just enough shade!

Fender, float and marker collection

A note to our friends on "Riverdance": we found someone's stash of over 50 floats, markers and fenders... even some metal ones.

Met a couple on a trawler who have been coming to Abaco from FL for 42 years straight.  They make the trip across in three hours in their trawler.  That's the life! Rat Cay was a nice addition, a large anchorage and a lot of area to walk and enjoy.

These had been left for others to enjoy
Powell Cay was next and another pretty beach.  Not only were there beautiful conchs with colors like a sunset, and twisted, uprooted trees, we woke up to find a little squid on the deck.  Evidently whatever bird (we're guessing) picked it up couldn't get it all the way home!

Poor little guy
We opted to move across to Coopers Town next to wait out a couple of squally days with westerly winds.  There is not a lot at Coopers Town, but we did pick up some limited wifi for a few minutes.  The next morning we were waiting for the rain to clear and just sitting in the cockpit enjoying the quiet. After it cleared, we noticed we were quite a bit closer to a large power boat than we had been.  Suddenly we realized she was dragging anchor and moving closely past us. We tried to reach them on the radio, but didn't get an answer (of course that could be because we were calling "Sweet Betty Sue" and her name was "Sweet Exta Sea", but it was very hard to read!) so we blew the air horn a couple of blasts.  That got their attention and they got control but dragged the anchor awhile, probably trying to reset. It didn't set, so they pulled up and moved on.  Crazy excitement!  We decided to move on too, to No Name Cay so we could explore the famous sand dollar beach. That didn't work out quite like we expected, but we did find some sand dollars, so we counted it as a success. We also saw a couple of sharks in the shallows (we were in the dinghy), so we decided not to get out and wade in that area. Then, back south through the Whale Passage, and that brings us back to Treasure Cay.  So, that's it for now, thanks for traveling with us!

Happy Mother's Day!