January 28-31, 2010... Exuma Islands Bound
Friday morning (after the best night's sleep in a while) we dinghied to the town dock and started our exploration, meeting Lorraine who operates one of the restaurants in town; her mom, from whom we bought some of the best homemade bread; and Ida, who runs the laundromat, marine supplies, hardware, and gift shop. Of course we met some of the cruisers we'd heard on the Cruiseheimers SSB net, and surprisingly, a couple we met last October in Weems Creek, Annapolis. Everybody in town seemed to know we were here -- the only green boat in the anchorage. Happy with the situation, we decided we'll stay a while. A tour of the cove by kayak in the afternoon, a big barbeque dinner at Lorraine's that night and back to Anhinga.
Saturday we set off on foot to hike the paths inland. We wore ourselves out on dusty paths, scaling rocks on the ocean side of the island, and finding the inland creek near the cut. Maybe 6 or 7 miles later we straggled into town and checked email at Lorraine's. Exhausted we went back to the boat, missing the bocce ball game planned on the beach by some cruisers. We met the Annapolitan folks for sundowners and then after a quick dinner headed into town to dance at Scorpio's bar.
Sunday we expected the NEXT cold front. This never-ending series of fronts is getting tiring. But this one seems to have missed us as we ever so slowly inch our way to the Tropic of Cancer. We figured we'd go to the beach as everything in town was closed, and kayaked around the point headed south. From the chart, it looked like an easy couple of miles. Hah! Into the wind again with raging water. We almost turned back three times, but persevered and found a beautiful sand beach with clear water. Ahhhhh!!! The only ones on the beach, we swam, snorkeled, watched the sailboats crossing in the distance, and counted ourselves lucky. The Exumas are great!
Back Point, Great Guana Cay, Exuma Islands: +24° 5' 50.58", -76° 24' 17.28"
Posted by SV Anhinga