March 10-16, 2013
We stayed at Highbourne Cay Marina until the 12th - fueled
there on the 11th to prepare for departure.
We're finally getting a clear weather window that will let us move on
(thankfully - this place is terribly expensive!).
March 12, 2013
Got under way this morning just after 9 a.m. Traveled 51 miles today, reaching Eleuthera
about 3:30. As we pull in to this small
harbour, there are a few moorings to each side of us, most appear to be
taken. There is one to port, but it's
the only red one in the harbour, so we're assuming it's a reserved
mooring. We head off to starboard,
intending to seek out a good spot to drop our anchor. As we slowly make our way over, I notice a
dinghy come flying up towards us - I'm assuming they're going over to the
dinghy dock nearby. As they approach,
they wave - so of course, I wave back. I
go on scouting the anchoring possibilities, when I hear my name called. I look back at the dinghy, now close enough
to see its occupants, and discover Dave and Diane from Boot Scootin! Haven't seen them since Mobile!!
Wow!! They come over and tell us
to go ahead and head back over to the red mooring - there had been a sailboat
using it, but it had left. And all the
moorings here are free! Yeah! They zoom over to it in their dinghy to claim
it for us, as there is now a sailboat entering the harbour. We go over and tie up with their
assistance. Awesome to see them! Made arrangements to join them on their boat
for cocktail hour once we get settled in.
So over we go, about 4:30 or so, and board Boot Scootin. Big hugs "hello" for Dave and
Diane, and we meet their latest traveling companions, Mike and Jean, from the
sailing vessel Tomorrow's Dawn. Spent a
couple hours with them, enjoying the company and yummy rum punches and
appetizers, before returning to our boat to bring Sailor to shore and have some
March 13-14, 2013
Hung out here, once more awaiting an acceptable weather
window to proceed on our journey. Found
an "ok" grocery here, and a liquor store. Had lunch in a little local place, "Da
Bar" - was rather delicious, actually!
Chicken and Ribs - well done, island style. Looks like weather will be turning good again
on the 15th. So, the evening of the 14th
calls for another cocktail party - this time we're hosting. More rum punches! And tonight, snacks are chips and a
nacho-style dip - torn into with a gusto!!
But necessary so that we have the appropriate meeting of the minds to
plan tomorrow's trip, as we'll all be traveling together.
March 15, 2013
Off we go at 8 a.m.
Short, comfy day today, just 27 miles, anchors down by 12:15. We've anchored off Charles Island,
near Spanish Wells. Planning a couple of
days here, using tomorrow as a sight seeing day. Got into town and rented a golf cart for an
hour - this got us over to the bank (ran out of cash!), and stopped for lunch
on the way back. Saw a little bit of the
island. Stopped in at the grocery at the
dinghy dock, and found that they run a water taxi/land taxi service that we
expect to take advantage of tomorrow to run over to Harbour Island.
March 16, 2013
Got up, took care of dog duties, then headed in to the
dinghy dock to start today's adventure.
Got ourselves set up for the taxi adventure - worked out perfect. Took a water taxi over to where their land
taxi awaits us. Land taxi took us to the
main ferry, which zipped us across to Harbor Island. Spent the most part of the day there -
unfortunately discovered upon arrival that, due to Spring Break, there were no
golf cart rentals available. So off we
go, hoofin' it. Walked up and over to
the other side of the island, to the famous "pink sand beach" -
wasn't quite as pink as we expected, but you could see it slightly. It's from the pink coral in the area. We walked along the beach, eventually
selecting a beach access that lead up to a restaurant/bar. Turns out to be a rather pricey place, the
"Blue Bar" at the "Pink Sands Beach At The Narrows", and
we're kind of between breakfast and lunch, so we just opted for (expensive) mimosas
instead. We were chatting with the
waitress, telling her of our boating adventures and related stories. Mentioned that we tried (and failed) to get a
golf cart - she went off to "make some calls" to see if she could
turn one up for us. Returned with the
bad news that she couldn't find one - but said she "felt so bad for
us" that we were to take her own private golf cart, as long as we returned
it by 4, and just "give her a little something" for it. Amazing!
So off we go, able now to explore the whole island. Found a liquor store selling cheap
"roadies" (beers to go!), toured a small Straw Market, saw a couple
of their historic sites and nice local real estate. Went to a little bar and grill called
"Sip Sip" for lunch. Shared
one order of lobster quesadillas - and brought 3 pieces home with us! Delicious.
Very nice tour of the island - well worth the day trip! Returned the borrowed cart with a big
"thanks" (and a monetary thanks as well!). We couldn't have seen all we did without her
generosity. Before we left for our
return ferry/taxi trip, got ourselves an order of conch salad to go. That, combined with lunch leftovers, will be
perfect for dinner. On home again, back
aboard by 3 - gave us an hour to rest up before tonight's cocktail party, to be
held aboard Tomorrow's Dawn. Oh boy -
more yummy rum, and great apps. Sheesh -
this ain't bad, huh? Back to doggie
duty, then on to a delicious dinner. One
could really get used to this . . . .