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Bahamas 2010- Log G
Staniel Cay to Compass Cay
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Monday July 19th
in port - Compass Cay
 
our view from Dee Light
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker ( 242) 355-2138

the winds are still blowing at a fairly brisk clip and we are keeping an eye on Invest 97L ..a tropical wave presently just north of Puerto Rico moving WNW  ... all the boaters we have been in contact with are pretty much staying put with a couple in Bimini, others in Nassau and even one in Hope Town ...

the weather hasn't hampered our enjoying our time here at Compass and we took to the dinghy to another lovely beach we had not previously visited ... behind the beach area is a beautiful creek which flows through the interior of the island ... it looked to be a great area to explore by kayak ...

Tuesday July 20th
in port - Compass Cay
docktails at the Marina Lounge
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker ( 242) 355-2138

we enjoyed docktails with a group of boaters from the Homestead area and realized we had met up with them last year during our stay at Compass ... we brought up a wheel of pastry-wrapped Brie we still had in the freezer and one of the other boats contributed a great platter of bruchetta  to the gathering ... Autumn also enjoys the daily migration to the Marina Lounge especially with the breeze blowing in her face as she lays on the dock listening to the evening "fish tales" ...

Wednesday July 21st
in port - Compass Cay
 
Carol and Mimi
afternoon at secluded beach
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker ( 242) 355-2138
 
this morning Mimi our dock neighbor on Star Fisher brought over a lovely matching pendant and earring set she had made from shells she found at Compass Cay ..
 
with the uncertainty in the weather forecast we decided to stow the dinghy on deck as we didn't want it banging against the hull like we experienced at Staniel Cay  ... however, before we did, we decided to pack up the dinghy for one last picnic at the beach ... no rain today and the air is much drier today and the sky is a brilliant blue color today ... hard to believe there is a tropical depression somewhere out there!  
 
in the evening we stopped at the Marina Lounge and then walked over to the service dock where the Bahama Star was docked ... Captain Bruce had just finished cooking one of his famous deep-fried turkeys ... with Sheila's homemade dressing and gravy we had a feast ... we used up the last of of the apples in the refrigerator and contributed a warm apple cinnamon crisp (thanks for the recipe Pattie!)  
Thursday July 22nd
in port - Compass Cay
one of many Compass Cay signs
Bahamian hair cut
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker ( 242) 355-2138 ..
 
with the storm coming our way we considered going to Nassau a little earlier than we orginallu planned ... we contacted The Atlantis at Nassau to see if we could change our reservation date from the 25th to the 23rd .. they got back to us and said that due to the inclement weather they are filled ...
 
Invest 97L has been upgraded to Tropical Depression #3 late this morning and has the chance to become Tropical Storm Bonnie later today or tonight .. by 06:00 pm it became Tropical Storm Bonnie ... we stowed everything securely, added a couple of extra fenders and rechecked all the lines ...
 
..  Mimi and Tom, our dock neighbors on Star Fisher have also decided to stay put instead of heading to Highbourne so we invited them over to Dee Light for dinner tonight ... Mimi brought the salad (which truly was a work of art) to accompany our Chicken Alfredo ... after a lovely dinner and much conversation the first bands of rain started through the area as they returned to their boat ... after double-checking the lines and fenders we retired for the night ...  
Friday July 23rd
in port - Compass Cay
 
long night for Autumn
 
Sea Beans from TS Bonnie
 
Crescent Beach
 
Sea Bean treasure
 
"sea bean jackpot"
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker ( 242) 355-2138
 
it was a long night for Autumn ... shortly after we headed to bed Bonnie was just to our south .. we had wind and rain bands pass thru with reported maximum winds of 35 to 55 mph with gusts to 65 to 70 mph .. we had added extra fenders so Dee Light was very secure between the wooden pylons .. but she sure made some strange sounds and shook / vibrated much like she did when we rode out Hurricane Wilma at Clewiston Florida in 2005 .. Autumn remembers that day all too well ..
 
last night we decided it might be a good day for a walk on beach in search of treasures that might have washed up in the high surf from TS Bonnie ... so we packed up our walking sticks and some cold drinks and headed over to the Crescent Beach .. we walked less than 20 yards to the south when we spotted our first sea bean ... we ended up hitting the "sea bean jackpot" when we set an all time record total of nine sea beans found today ...
 
Sea-beans (also known as drift seeds) are seeds and fruits that are carried to the ocean, often by freshwater streams and rivers, then drift with the ocean currents and (hopefully!) wash ashore.

These sea-beans don't initially come from the sea and while some are indeed beans, many are not technically beans at all! Some "sea-beans" are technically fruits that contain seeds. Nonetheless, if they drift to and into the oceans and wash ashore, we collectively refer to them as "sea-beans".

These sea-beans come from trees and vines that grow along tropical shores and rain forests all over the world. The seeds or fruits fall from their parent plant into waterways, such as the Amazon River, then drift through inlets to reach the ocean. They travel with ocean currents until they wash up on a beach somewhere, perhaps thousands of miles from their origin. Sea-beans are quite hard and buoyant, which helps them survive their long-distance voyage.
Why do sea-beans float?
Sea-beans often float because they have an internal air pocket within the seed. This air pocket is often trapped by the hard outer covering of the hard beans called "shinies" (which can you can polish to a nice shine). 
When and where can I find sea-beans?
Sea-beans drift onto beaches around the world, particularly after higher-than-normal tides during hurricane season. The number of beans you can find will vary with time of year, Gulf Stream variations, offshore hurricane activity, wind and temperature changes, and tropical plant abundance for a particular year. September and October are typically the most bountiful times to find sea-beans. Ocean currents, connected to each other in a huge global transit system, can carry sea-beans from current to current- so, a seed from Jamaica could travel to Florida, then to New Jersey, and then across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom. So when you find one on a beach you never know from where it may have originated!
Can I eat sea-beans?
Sea-beans are studied for medicinal uses, and a few are available commercially as nutritional supplements. Edible drift seeds (when fresh from the plant!) are the coconut, the Tropical Almond and the Hog Plum.
Saturday July 24th
in port - Compass Cay
 
Tom and Mimi heading out
 
Jim and Kim with Carol
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker ( 242) 355-2138 ..
 
with the passing of TS Bonnie the skies have really cleared up ... although it is still on the breezy side the surf on the beach is pretty much back to normal today ... early this morning we bid farewell and smooth seas to Tom and Mimi as they headed out to Highbourne to pick up company after which they plan to visit Spanish Wells and Harbour Island on Eleuthera ...
 
 we have decided to leave the dinghy stowed on the bow and a little after noon we set out on foot again as we wanted to explore the northwest side of Compass ... after leaving the Crescent Beach we found the Cliff Trail that snakes behind Hester's House and started our trek over the scraggy cliffs which overlook Exuma Sound ... we kept an eye out for Tucker's billy goats but we were the ones who felt like billy goats as we climbed up and over the cliffs  ... we were glad we had brought along enough cold drinks to sustain us because after 4 1/2 hours (and a nice refreshing swim at the end) we finally made it back to the boat at 5:00 PM ... just in time to greet Jim and Kim as they came into the marina with their dinghy!  ... Autumn was soooo glad to see Kim she could hardly contain herself!
 
we spent the next couple of hours catching up on all the latest news with Jim and Kim until the sun started to set and they had to leave to go back to their boat at the Cambridge mooring field ...
  
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