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Bahamas 2008- Log D
Sampson Cay Club to George Town
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Saturday June 13th
Travel - Staniel to Sampson
2009-06-13 - Photo Album
SONG OF THE SEAS
 
2009-06-13 - Photo Album
Carol and Marny
 
2009-06-13 - Photo Album
Steve and Marny
SONG OF THE SEAS
Travel - Staniel Cay Yacht Club to Sampson Cay Club - 14.6 Nautical Miles
 
.. at 0900 we were ready to leave Staniel but check out time at Sampson Cay is not until noon so we relaxed on the aft deck with our coffee .. we had a very short run (about an hour) and also needed to wait for the boat docked in front of Dee Light to move so we could get out of our slip .. the owner was headed to the airport to pick up his girlfriend who was flying over with his two dogs and some guests for the weekend ..while we were waiting we were entertained by the photographer shooting while hanging out the door of the Sandals helicopter .. finally at 1100 everyone was back and we were ready to depart .. we arrived at Sampson a short time later ..
 
.. got tied up and registered at the office just in time to receive a radio call from Steve and Marny on SONG OF THE SEAS .. they arrived and were docked by 1300 ..
 
.. we launched the dinghies and took a short ride to the shallow sandbar area just off the marina to enjoy the water and afternoon sun .. and catch up with the news of Steve and Marny's trip.. ended up at the Saturday afternoon Beach Party hosted by Sampson but by the time we finished a couple of rum punches and some conch salad they had run out of chicken and ribs .. oh well - we just decided to clean up and then headed to the bar for an assortment of "bar munchies"  - conch fritters, wings, and onion rings ..
 
.. before going up for a bite to eat John and Ivette on Lady Fishswizzle out of Miami stopped by to say hello and  gave us a lot of great information and contacts about cruising the islands south of here .. look forward to planning the next leg of our voyage ..
Sunday June 14th
In Port - Sampson Cay Club
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Bahamas 2009 Crew
2009-06-14 - Photo Album
Carol and Marv
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Carol and Marny
 In Port - Sampson Cay Club - (242) 355-2034   
 
we awoke to another warm and sunny day .. Monica on SERENITY stopped by to say goodbye .. they are headed to Highbourne and then to Nassau to pick up their 2 grandsons who will make the return trip to Cape Coral with them .. wished them calm seas and fair weather with the promise to stay in touch ..
 
.. enjoyed the morning breeze at the Gazebo and resolved all the boating issues of the day .. at 1100 we headed out to Big Majors to visit the pigs as we had a shopping bag full of lettuce scraps donated by the restaurant here at Sampson Cay .. after we left Big Majors we to went over to Staniel as Marny wanted to check on having their mail sent to them this week .. stopped in at the Club to get all the info on mail delivery and then walked up to the bread store to get some more coconut bread .. returned to the marina just in time to watch a couple of guys wrestling with a rubber dinghy that got caught under the dock when the tide came up .. quite a funny sight with all the "locals" lending their advice! 
 
..  we decided the tide was just way too high to snorkel Thunderball Grotto and low tide was not until after 7 pm this evening  .. so we headed for the beach and our "infinity pool" .. after we beached the dinghies we found the water just perfect for a dip .. spotted a couple of large angel fish that swim around you in the shallows and picked up a few more sand dollars ..
 
.. ended the evening back at the gazebo where we started the day with cocktails and snacks before dinner .. again enjoying the evening breezes which so far have kept the bugs at bay ..
Monday June 15th
In Port - Sampson Cay Club
Southern Boating
Bahamas Update
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Rachel's Falls
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dinghy trip to Compass Cay
In Port - Sampson Cay Club - (242) 355-2034
 
.. we picked up a copy of the May issue of Southern Boating which contains their 2009 Bahamas Update .. the cover shot is of Warderick Wells at the Exuma Land and Sea Park and the issue is full of articles about many of the areas we been to or our planning to visit on our cruise..
 
 the first thing this morning ( low slack tide ) we were planning to snorkel Thunderball Grotto but the skies had numerous Thunder Heads so we decided to postpone the trip until tomorrow .. by noon the skies looked pretty clear so we decided to backtrack and instead headed up the Pipe Creek area in order for Steve and Marny to see some of the sights up that way ..
 
.. took the dinghies up the inside route of Pipe Creek past the lighthouse at Little Pipe Cay and then into the dock at Compass Cay .. we walked up to hang our new Dee Light sign board next to last year's sign and then continued on to spend some time at the beach .. when we returned to the marina we played with the sharks for a while and enjoyed a cold Kalik at the dock .. ended the afternoon with a trip to Rachel's Falls and a refreshing afternoon swim in Rachel's Bubble Bath ..   
 
.. headed back to Sampson on the outside of Pipe Creek since we wanted to avoid the shallows at low tide - ended up a being a little bumpier dinghy ride back .. by the time we got back it was almost 5 pm so after a quick shower we met for cocktails at the gazebo before having dinner in the main dining room at Sampson Cay .. note to the younger gen .. please teach your "younguns"  to shut the door on their way out .. and in .. and out.. oh well - you get the picture ..
Tuesday June 16th
In Port - Sampson Cay Club
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Thunderball Grotto
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the Flats
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Club Thunderball
In Port - Sampson Cay Club - (242) 355-2034
 
first item on our morning agenda was our postponed dinghy trip to Thunderball Grotto ..  about 0830 we left the marina during low tide with lots of blue sky and flat calm waters .. as we passed Big Majors there were boats of all sizes and descriptions anchored there with everyone getting ready for the day's activities .. arrived at Thunderball and tied onto a mooring with another dinghy .. the water was perfect with great visibility and we had a great morning in the grotto observing all the fish and coral formations .. Marny had brought along a plastic bag of bread crumbs and she was literally swarmed with curious and hungry fish .. 
 
after we returned from Thunderball we decided to explore Sampson and walked to the south end of the island .. took a photo of the final resting spot of Lady Sharon's little dog  .. on the way back the gals searched the flats for treasures and took a nice swim ..
 
.. we had hoped to try Fowl Cay for dinner but were informed that they are fully booked with resort guests until the first part of July so maybe next time .. since it was Tuesday we decided instead to go to Club Thunderball for their All-U-Can Eat Pasta and Pizza night .. it was a great choice as they make a wonderful pizza!
 
.. as we left the dock for our return trip it was a beautiful evening and we stopped at Big Majors to see if the the pigs might like some pizza crusts .. not a pig in sight .. they must have filled their dinghy quota for the day and were fast asleep ..
 
.. arrived back at Sampson Cay just in time to watch a beautiful sunset after another great day ..
Wednesday June 17th
In Port - Sampson Cay Club
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shelling the Flats
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Starfish
In Port - Sampson Cay Club - (242) 355-2034
 
.. after getting a few things done around the boat we headed out for the Flats near the Marina's South Harbour to do some shelling at low tide .. from there we took the Dinghy to the other side of Sampson to a beach with a gazebo on a hill which overlooks the Exuma Sound .. spent some time enjoying the nice breeze and watching a large stingray and nurse shark cruising the shallows .. Marny found a beautiful starfish on the bottom and after taking a few photos we put it back pretty much where we found it ..
 
.. when we returned to the boats we used the remainder of the afternoon to stow the dinghies and get ready for the our departure in the morning  .. met up at the gazebo for an early potluck dinner of salad, peas 'n rice and pasta and cleared out before the mosquitoes and flies descended to have dinner on us ..
 
.. summer cruising season seems to be in full swing .. both Sampson Cay and Staniel Cay ran out of gas and diesel fuel for the boaters ..
Thursday June 18th
Travel - Sampson to Cave Cay
 
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Steve and Carol
 
 
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David Copperfield
 
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Steve and Marny
Travel - Sampson to Cave Cay
 
.. left the dock at Sampson at 0955 ..  as it was low tide we eased our way out over the bank until we reached deeper water .. Song of the Seas left just behind us ..  at 1100 we ran into a fairly dense rain bank which lasted about 20 minutes and really helped to wash all the salt off Dee Light as we hadn't received any rain since leaving Staniel last Saturday .. by the time we reached Big Farmer's Cay only a light rain was falling and at 1200 we were neatly tied up alongside one of the floating docks at Cave Cay  .. docks identical to those we have at our home port at Legacy Marina in Fort Myers .. Steve, the owner of Cave Cay greeted and very graciously welcomed us to the island and gave us some great tips for exploring the area ..
 
.. at 1330 Song of the Seas arrived and docked at Cave Cay and we all commented on how serene, peaceful and protected it is here at the marina .. and with a gorgeous view off our sterns .. it looks as if quite a bit of work has been completed since Dee Light's visit last year and we are anxious to take a look around ..  
 
.. we launched the dinghies and headed out to check out Musha Cay .. an island just south of Cave Cay  owned by David Copperfield -  as described in Southern Boating's May issue  -  Musha Cay "is the ultimate in swanky tropical decadency. You can rent the entire island with accommodations for up to 24 of your closest friends for around $50,000 per night, including five boats and 30 staff."  It truly is beautiful to see and really enjoyed looking at all the different paint color combinations used on the cottages ..
 
.. we stopped at the small beach and cave just outside the marina to do a bit of shelling and ended the afternoon with hor d'oeuvres and cocktails on the aft deck of Dee Light ..
Friday June 19th
In Port - Cave Cay
 
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Waterspout
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Ernestine and Terry
Ocean Cabin
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JR and the gals
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Cave Cay
In Port - Cave Cay - (242) 357-0143 - http://www.cavecay.com/
 
 .. spent a quiet morning catching up on a few boat chores .. Marv walked up to the office to try to get a better internet connection while Carol took ice cream inventory - down to 11 cartons so we might have to start a rationing program or try to pick up some more in Georgetown!??
 
 .. at 1030 we had planned to head out to Little Farmer's Cay for lunch .. however, as soon as we left the marina harbor the winds started to pick up and we noticed a waterspout off to the southwest along with thunder and lightening to the north which is where we wanted to go .. decided to postpone the trip until the weather settled or passed .. Autumn was very happy to see us return and let us know we made a wise choice!
 
.. by noon the dark clouds had moved on and everyone was hungry so we headed out again .. most of the rain stayed far from us and the water was perfectly flat all the way to Little Farmer's .. after we tied off at the dinghy dock we enjoyed talking to a group of young boys who were catching all sorts of crabs and small fish along the shore ..
 
.. we walked up the hill to Ocean Cabin and enjoyed a wonderful lunch of cracked conch, baked fish, conch fritters and chowder prepared and served by our wonderful hosts and owners Terry and Ernestine and learned  the restaurant has been in their family for several generations .. after lunch we were treated to a tour by JR Woodcarver who also takes care of the landscaping on the island .. as we walked up to his studio he pointed out and explained many of the native plants and showed us the wild tamarind trees he uses for his woodcarvings .. we left JR's studio with a king and queen helmet conch shell and a Bahama man carving ..
 
.. on our return to Cave Cay we were greeted at the dock by the owner's wife Cindy along with 2 of their German Shepherds - Zeus and Belle along with their new little puppy Annie ..                         
 
.. later we went on an evening walk with Autumn and took a closer look at all of the equipment, supplies and work on the infrastructure that has gone on here at Cave Cay  .. we are so impressed at the amount of time and dedication it must have taken to get it to this point .. and determined it surely must be a labor of love!
Saturday June 20th
Travel - Sampson to Cave Cay
 
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Marny and Carol
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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
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Beach at Cave Cay
In Port - Cave Cay - (242) 357-0143 - http://www.cavecay.com/
 
.. we are really enjoying our stay at Cave Cay .. we have left all the mega yachts and sport fishing boats behind and are exploring the cays and inlets with no other boats in sight .. we left the marina around 1030 this morning and headed south .. cut thru a very thin inlet between Little Darby Cay and Darby Cay where we saw the ruins of a large estate that belonged to a German sympathizer during WWII and who provided intelligence to the German U Boats prowling off the US coast ..
 
.. landed the dinghy at a long sand bar just south of Little Darby Cay to do some shelling and picked up quite a few "critters"  but decided to leave them  where we found them  .. after we left the sand bar we headed around past Goat Cay .. the main residence on this island is still under construction but that did not stop a "famous country singing couple" ( Faith Hill and Tim McGraw ) from enjoying the afternoon with dad and the kids jumping off the dock into the crystal waters .. we all waved hello and then continued south to Prime Cay where we found another wonderful beach .. Steve finally told Marny his dinghy was packed to the brim and couldn't hold any more shells ..
 
.. again the winds laid down and the waters on the ride back to Cave Cay were absolutely flat .. when we got back we headed around o the ocean side of Cave Cay and went back into the little cove that leads to a very secluded beach we had seen earlier .. the bottom is pretty rocky and with the current flowing you would definitely want to come in to this area on a rising tide .. found a few treasures but as the afternoon was fading we headed back in to the marina ..
 
.. we unloaded the dinghies and eventually washed all the salt off from our afternoon excursion  .. met aboard Song of the Sea for a lovely dinner while watching the sunset over the stern and said goodbye to the end of the first day of summer ..  
Sunday June 21st
In Port - Cave Cay
 
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the Cave at Cave Cay
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Galliot Bank Sandbar
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Steve and Cindy
In Port - Cave Cay - (242) 357-0143 - www.cavecay.com ( Fathers Day ) 

.. we continue  to be amazed at what wonderful weather we are experiencing during our stay in the  Exumas so far..  we spent the majority of the afternoon exploring the Galliot Bank Sandbar that only exists in most people's minds .. it is at least a mile from any Cay in the middle of the impossibly clear waters of the Bahama Bank and stretches in a large crescent shape for at least  5 miles .. we found it impossible to walk the entire bar in one afternoon .. we picked up the best shells of our trip yet ..

.. on the way back to the marina Marny commented that she was told that the Exumas were beautiful but there wasn't a lot to do .. however we continue to fill our days experiencing this unique landscape and knew that a couple Ibuprofen for the old joints after we had walked and stooped for several hours would help us sleep well .. we finally headed back after the dinghy was filled with all the treasures we found ..

.. Steve and Cindy Cone joined us for cocktails on the aft deck of Dee Light this evening .. we are planning to leave for Georgetown in the morning and thanked them for a wonderful stay .. we are reluctantly saying so long to this very special place in the sun and sand with hopes of returning some day soon .. 

Monday June 22nd
Travel - Cave Cay to George Town
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Clay, Rita-Kay, Marny, Steve
 
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Exuma Docking Service
Travel - Cave Cay to George Town - 38 Nautical Miles
 
 .. after saying good-bye to Steve Cone we left Cave Cay harbor about 0930 .. the breeze switched direction - now coming from the northwest ( off the islands ) and once we got thru the cut on an outgoing tide (about 2 knots) we had very light one footers on our stern ..  SONG OF THE SEA  put out a couple of lines to do some trolling and was able to snag a nice Spanish mackerel while cruising to George Town ..
 
.. we navigated the route thru Elizabeth Harbour and were surprised and amazed to see two dolphin on the bow of Dee Light leading us right into George Town! ..  we arrived at Exuma Docking Service and tied up about 1230  .. after checking in we took a short walk up the road to the Harbour WI-FI office which also happens to be a pet store and car wash ...  by the time we returned to the marina SONG OF THE SEA  was arriving in the harbor and were docked by 1430 ..  within 10 minutes after arriving their friends Clay and Rita-Kay Wetsel ( CARLEIGH - www.carleigh2.blogspot.com ) stopped by in their dinghy to say hello and catch up on the latest .. Clay and Rita-Kay are from Texas and have been cruising the Bahamas for about a year and half  now ..
 
.. we all decided to get together for a casual dinner aboard SONG OF THE SEA with Marny grilling the large mackerel the Steve had caught and cleaned earlier .. everyone enjoyed a great evening sharing tales and memories .. 
Tuesday June 23rd
In Port - Exuma Docking
 
 
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Dr. Cooper
 
 
 
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dinner at Cheater's
In Port - Exuma Docking Service ( Owner - Samuel Gray Jr. ) - George Town - (242) 336-2578 - Dockage $1.00 - Water $.20 per gallon
 
.. last evening we all decided to stay at the dock today and get caught up on a lot of the small chores and errands we all wanted to do .. mundane stuff like - take out the garbage, laundry, liquor and grocery store, etc. 
 
Marv walked to the George Town Clinic ( Dr. Cooper ) and had the stitches out from the operation that he had when we were in Nassau .. the doctor examined the area and said that they did a great job in Nassau and all looks ok .. Dr Cooper is a niece of the Bread Lady in Staniel Cay where we bought our bread and the pie ..
 
we called Mom's Bakery (242) 345-4062 .. Denise is the owner and she said that this time of the year that they have not been setting up their Van at the Exuma Dock because it is so slow .. she does have fresh bread at both of the Food Stores in town and we will pick up some tomorrow ..
 
met up with Clay and Rita-Kay at SONG OF THE SEA  and decided to try Ernie's Tavern for a bite to eat .. a short walk later we found out they only serve lunch but the owner called a friend who owns Cheater's Restaurant and Bar about 2 miles down the road who said she would be happy to drive down to pick us up for dinner .. a short time later Sally gave us a ride to Cheater's and after dinner we all agreed it was one of the best dinners we have had in the Bahamas - including the dessert of rum raisin ice cream and home-made rum cake .. Cheater told us to come back on Thursday when they have a live band ..  
Wednesday June 24th
In Port - Exuma Docking
 
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Beauty and Barber Salon
 
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the Crew at Big 12 Sports Bar
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Coconut Cove
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Coconut Cove
In Port - Exuma Docking Service - George Town - (242) 336-2578
 
.. the past couple of mornings the weather has been very unsettled with short storms cells moving thru at about 0300 and again about 1600 .. it also makes Autumn quite unsettled who does not like all the rumbling and light shows that go with it .. yesterday while visiting on SONG OF THE SEA Autumn jumped ship again to roam the docks in search of us until she found two young gals to take her back to DEE LIGHT ..
 
this morning as the winds picked up the Crews of SONG OF THE SEA and DEE LIGHT adjusted the dock  lines and the boats we got a good wash down from the rain showers that passed thru .. Marv headed to the local Beauty and Barber Salon to get his hair cut ( $12.00 ) and on his return trip he got caught in a good 10 minute rain and a mother nature hair rinse .. 
 
in the afternoon the crews from the three boats met again for a short Bahamas 2009 Cruise Planning Session and then decided to head to Peace and Plenty for a bite of lunch .. well by the time we got there it was almost 3 pm and the kitchen was closed until 6 pm for dinner .. we finally ended up at the Exuma Market after checking out the Town Restaurant which also finished serving lunch .. our next option was the happy hour hor d 'oeuvres at Coconut Cove  - however we needed to find something to do for an hour or so  .. Leslie at Taxi 12 to the rescue  - who promptly picked us up and took us down to his place (Big 12 Sports Bar) at the local Fish Fry on the beach (Leslie is a big Dallas Cowboys and Roger Staubach fan)..  we also met a local Bahaman Photographer Nelson A Ramgon - ImagesbyAlex@gmail.com - 242-422-7138 ) along with his friends Chevon and Scott who own a lighting landscaping business on Exuma .. the sun came out and we had a great time chatting with them all while enjoying some cold Kaliks, etc ..
 
.. finally it was time to move on so Leslie drove us down to the Coconut Cove Hotel and Restaurant - their dining room is closed for dinner during the month of June but we loved the pool bar where we had a few more drinks while Pam the owner served us a lovely assortment of hot and cold hor d'oeuvres
 
.. when it was time to leave our Bartender ( who is also a Taxi Driver by day ) gave us a lift back to the Marina where Clay and Rita-Kay came aboard for a tour of DEE LIGHT and stayed to chat for a bit ...
Thursday June 25th
In Port - Exuma Docking
 
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CARLEIGH - Clay and Rita-Kay
 
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Southern Most Point
Little Exuma Island
 
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St Mary Magdalene
 
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Mom's Bakery
 
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Crew at Salt Beacon
 
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Crew at Fisherman's Inn
In Port - Exuma Docking Service - George Town - (242) 336-2578 
 
today we decided to tour the island and rented a car ( six passenger ) .. we first headed south toward Little Exuma and ended up at the southern most point of Little Exuma Island where the road ended at a mangrove bay with a glass bottom boat .. we returned to Williams Town where we stopped in at Mom's Bakery where she and her daughter were baking up a storm with help from a friend who is also a long-time baker and retired from the Publix Grocery chain .. we left with 5 loaves and cinnamon raisin dinner rolls  .. we then stopped next door at Santana's Beach Grill for lunch operated by  Mom's other daughter Denise who had just whipped up a batch of lobster fettuccini for the day's lunch special .. met a couple from the Tampa area who had just purchased a lot up the road to build a house and enjoyed looking at Denise's photos of her with Johnny Depp when he was in the area filming Pirates of the Caribbean ..
 
while in Williams Town we stopped by the ruins of the Loyalist Plantation and took a look inside St. Mary Magdalene Church at their beautifully crafted stained glass windows and doors .. we also stopped at the sites of the Salt Ponds and Tuscan-style Salt Beacon which was used to guide ships into Williams Town to pick up the salt harvests .. at one time they were producing over 300,000 bushels of salt a year .. our intrepid tour guide and driver Marv was determined to locate the Tropic of Cancer  .. at our first try there was a very pretty beach but the wrong turn ended up with the front end of the our Toyota buried firmly in the soft sand .. with a lot of digging and the help of a strong young man we eventually turned the car around and backtracked to the next turn-off  where we did locate the Tropic of Cancer beach and marker (see description below) .. 
 
The Tropic of Cancer, or Northern tropic, is one of five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It is the northernmost latitude at which the Sun can appear directly overhead at noon. This event occurs at the June solstice, when the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun to its maximum extent.
The Tropic of Cancer currently lies 23 26′ 22″ north of the Equator. North of this latitude are the subtropics and Northern Temperate Zone. The equivalent line of latitude south of the Equator is called the Tropic of Capricorn, and the region between the two, centered on the Equator, is known as the Tropics.
The line is called Tropic of Cancer because when it was named the sun was in the location of the constellation of Cancer (Latin for crab) in the sky at the June solstice. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, the sun is now in the location of the constellation of Taurus
  
after all our digging in the sand we needed a cold drink so we stopped at the P&P Bonefish Lodge .. although they were not open the office manager graciously opened the bar for us and we enjoyed a nice breeze and cold drink on their deck area .. the lodge is open in the summer for lunch and dinner Fri-Sat-Sun ..  by this time it was getting late and we still wanted to see the north end of Exuma so back in the car and off to Emerald Bay .. after a stop at the Napa Hardware Store for a few necessities we drove by the Four Seasons Resort which closed May 26th .. but the little shopping strip with the Grocery Store and Ice Cream Parlor across the road is still in business so we stopped for a sweet treat .. 3 scoops for our driver who had driven about 80 miles so far .. next we headed north to see the settlement of Barreterre, a small community at the northern most end of Great Exuma Island .. we ended up at Norman Lloyd's Fisherman's Inn which unfortunately is no longer there as it had burned to the ground in a fire last year (started by a power surge!?) .. however we were warmly greeted by Norman who served us from his make-shift open cabana while he is rebuilding his establishment .. it is located high atop a hill overlooking beautiful Exuma Sound and Clay got the scoop of coming in to anchor along with some local knowledge about land laws with regard to communist property in the Bahamas  .. very enlighting!
 
finally it was time to head back to Georgetown but not before one more stop .. this time at Big D's Conch Spot on the beach in Steventon.. we were served by Tina, Big D's (Darren) sister who told us about the local historic site of the Pompey Rebellion which had freed the slaves and watched the breaking news about Michael Jackson's sudden death from cardiac arrest on CNN ..
We FINALLY got back to the marina - do not recommend driving on Exuma in the dark! - but made it back in one piece (including the Toyota) before 10 pm - Whew!
Friday June 26th
In Port - Exuma Docking
 
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shopping
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the Crew aboard CARLEIGH
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at Chat and Chill's
In Port - Exuma Docking Service - George Town - (242) 336-2578
 
before we turned in the car this morning Marv made a run to Smitty's Convenience Store at Hooper's Bay which also happens to be the number one spot for bulk ice cream in the Exumas - he pretty much cleaned out the case but the freezer on DEE LIGHT is well restocked .. also picked up our mail at the Post Office and Mom's Bakery delivered the cinnamon rolls we had ordered  .. Steve walked to the Post Office to check on delivery of some needed parts for SONG OF THE SEA while Marv accompanied the gals on a shopping trip to check out some of the nice gift and apparel shops in George Town where Marny found a nice paint set to make a sign board for their boat .. after a stop at Exuma Market for some fresh produce we headed back to the boats ..
 
 we decided to attend Chat & Chill's Friday Night Bonfire Party on Stocking Island .. we considered taking Elvis's water taxi available for $10.00 per person round trip but as Clay and Rita-Kay were already anchored off the beach at Stocking Island we splashed the dinghy instead and headed over their way for drinks and snacks on the aft deck of CARLEIGH before dinner ..
 
..  at Chat & Chill we placed our orders for grilled chicken and ribs and got a chance to spend a little time talking with the folks on MISS ANNE ( Gordon and Nancy ) from Lake Charles, LA who joined us on the beach .. the Kalik was ice cold and food was delicious .. we left Chat & Chill just as the bonfire was being lit and headed back to the marina .. with just a sliver of the moon and a few stars peeking between the clouds we got back to our boats before the darkness and mosquitoes overtook us completely ..
Saturday June 27th
In Port - Exuma Docking
 
 
 
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Invest 93L
 
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"date night" at Peace & Plenty
In Port - Exuma Docking Service - George Town - (242) 336-2578
 
we are keeping an eye on Invest 93L .. at this time it looks like it will track through the Yucatan Straits tonight ..we are having mostly overcast / scattered clouds (but no rain) as a result of all the moisture being dragged along with this system ..  
 
Steve and Marny got word via the Internet that their package is someplace on the Island .. about 1100 they headed into town to track it down .. eventually located the FedX courier and found out it will be delivered on Monday ..
 
with the overcast weather we worked on a few chores and projects around the boat ..assembled a new line and anchor for the dinghy, did some engine room stuff and picked up some supplies at Top to Bottom where they have most everything .. we have decided to wait until we get back for Autumn to get groomed .. she'll have to do with a little "trim" instead  and have nicknamed her "Scruffy" until then ..
 
the rest of crew elected for a quiet evening at the dock or at anchor so Marv and Carol had a "date night" with dinner at the Peace & Plenty Hotel in downtown George Town .. enjoyed drinks at the pool bar where they offered two for the price of one .. the bartender poured Carol a 12 oz glass of wine (plastic being at the pool) and we met a nice couple visiting from Alabama .. we then had a lovely dinner in the main dining room .. decided to skip dessert and topped off the evening with .. yes .. ice cream aboard DEE LIGHT ..
Sunday June 28th
In Port - Exuma Docking
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St Andrew's Church
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St Andrew's Church
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Chat and Chill Pig Roast
In Port - Exuma Docking Service - George Town - (242) 336-2578
 
it was another overcast day due to Invest 93L .. "but a cloudy day in the Bahamas is better than a sunny day at the office" .. again no rain and the clouds were broken so we still ended up with periods of blue sky ..
 
we attended the 1100 service at St Andrew's Church in George Town where Fr. Tellison Glover from Freeport, Grand Bahama was the guest preacher and we were welcomed by Rev'd Willish Johnson .. we also received hugs from everyone in the congregation during the Greeting of Peace ..
 
after they finished snorkeling on a nearby reef Steve, Marny, Clay and Rita-Kay met up with us at Chat & Chill for their Sunday afternoon Pig Roast on the Beach .. we devoured a humongous plate of roast pork, peas 'n rice, mac 'n cheese and cold slaw and knew we didn't have to worry about fixing anything for dinner ..
 
after a quick dip in the water we took off in the dinghy and headed down to check out the new development at Crab Cay .. the construction is pretty much proceeding at a Bahamian pace .. that is to say not much is   happening at this time .. but it is a very pretty spot and looks fairly well protected ..
 
ended the evening with a brief cruise planning session aboard DEE LIGHT for the next leg of our trip .. DEE LIGHT will leave for Cat Cay in the morning and SONG OF THE SEA will wait for their parts delivery and catch up with us at Cat .. CARLEIGH will either leave mid-morning or wait and leave with SONG OF THE SEA ..
 
Rita-Kay got some good pointers and tips from Marv on using her digital camera and the Corel Paint Shop Pro Photoshop Program .. later Gordon and Nancy on MISS ANNE stopped over to get some local knowledge about some of the cays and anchorages as they too will be headed back north tomorrow ..  
 
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