After being at the dock in Georgetown a few days because of generator problems, I had the chance to get off the boat as much as possible. Did I ever take advantage of the situation.
LaChelle (and my boat) are both 49 feet long. There is a lot of room to walk and a lot of stairs and climbing to do for exercise, but there is nothing like being on land and just walk without having to hold on to a rail or watch for tripping hazards. So I walked and walked.
Tonight the guys join us. They are about 10 years younger than me, but thats ok, Leo and Chris are about 15 years older than me, so I would much rather go out and discover things (ok, party) with the younger set than sit around watching TV.
It was a pretty boring day. We did some sanding and varnishing and minor detail work. Just stuff to keep busy.
Early evening arrived and we had just finished dinner. We weren't expecting the guys till about 8 pm. Well, they showed up at 7 pm. Since they flew into Nassau and caught a "puddle jumper" flight to Georgetown they had cleared customs and immigration already so they surprised us.
I was the first to see them out the window. I flew out the door and Scott jumped in the boat and gave me the biggest hug. It had been 11 years since we had seen each other, but it was just like yesterday. I had never met his friend Shawn before, but he gave me a big hug as well. True southern gentlemen they are.
They then got around to do the hellos to Leo and Chris. They got settled in and stuff stowed away and they were starving. We all walked into town to a place called Fast Eddies. They have a BBQ every Friday. $10 for ribs and chicken with fries. Portions were huge and honestly reminded me of the rib guy on Isla. YUM. (as a side note, no I did not eat again.....I just had to sample a rib)
Back to the boat and we all caught up with each others lives and then called it a night.
The next day we needed to restock the pantry. Leo, Chris and myself had waited till the guys got there to do the shopping. This way they could have some input as to food selection.
After the shopping was done, it was back to the boat to prepare for tomorrows departure. Leo and Scott headed to the engine room to do whatever engine checks it is they do and mourn the generator.
Shawn and I filled the water tanks and Chris did the morning dishes.
Those chores done, we all piled into the dinghy and headed to the beach we were originally anchored near. Its a nice beach complete with beach bar.
Chris and Leo decide to soak up the sun and go for a swim. Scott, Shawn and I decide to explore the island a bit more. Saw some interesting snorkel sites and a few caves and some nice homes. Time to locate the "old folks." LOL
We found them at the Chat and Chill beach bar and they were ready to eat. Sounded good to me ! Cheeseburger in paradise please and a Kalik. Kalik is the national beer of the Bahama's. I think I ended up having about 3 Kaliks with lunch. LOL
Back to the LaChelle. Not much to do since we were all stuffed from the late lunch/dinner. Chris and Leo decided to watch a movie. The guys and I went out with another couple from another boat into town and ended up at Fast Eddies. I pretty much had to be poured back on LaChelle at the end of the night. 99 bottles of Kalik on the wall..............
Sunday May 13, 2007
We are up early, as in before the sun. Have to leave early to get out on high tide and to also get to our next stop in the daylight hours. Finally make it out into the open water again. I have to admit it does feel good to be back out here again.
It is Mothers day and I don't have to do any more chores for the rest of the day!!! So I sit back and do what I want to do.
Yep, thats right, I sat there all day snoozing and fishing. As luck would have it, I got up to excuse myself and I hear someone yell FISH ON and the engines slow. #$%WJSDTQE%!!!!!!!
As it turned out, I actually did catch a fish ! Only problem was, it was on the camera. The mahi mahi didn't like being hooked and found its way under the swim platform and somehow unhooked itself.
No more fish the rest of the day. Darn it.
We arrived at Farmers Cay and found an anchorage. There were no other boats there. Anchor down and set and we all jump in for a swim.
The anchorage is mostly sandy and not much sealife to see. I did find a small conch shell about 10 feet down. It was only 4 inches long and there was no creature in it, or so I thought. I brought it up and set it on the swim platform. I did manage to catch a glimpse of a stingray and one barracuda.
After an hour in the water, I decide to get out.
I start climbing up the ladder and remove my snorkel gear. I see my conch shell moving. Oh oh. It wasn't a conch, but a small hermit crab. It was small, but those pincers weren't. I gingerly grabbed it where I wouldn't get pinched and tossed it back into the water.
Everyone feeling refreshed, the guys drop the dinghy. They want to go exploring. I wasn't sure if I was going to go or not, I was getting tired, but decided I did not want to fall asleep before the sun went down so I went with them. Chris and Leo stayed behind.
We found the "yacht club" and had a beer. We chatted with the bartender a bit before the power went out. Their genertor was out of fuel and so it would be awhile before power was back on. Scott, Shawn and I decided to go for a walk and explore.
We came across an old cemetary. It was really interesting to see the dates on the headstones. 1800's were the oldest ones we saw. But the amazing thing is that all the graves are tenderly taken care of and have fresh (albeit artificial) flower arrangements on them. No grave is neglected or forgotten.
We walk a bit further and the guys spot some mangroves and swamp. They plan their fly fishing spots. Our beers are finished and we return to the yacht club to give them our empties. We head back to the LaChelle.
The guys load up their fishing gear and ask if I wanted to join them. I truly had a nice day, but was tired so declined. I stayed with Leo and Chris and read a book.
Soon enough it started to get windy and the waves were building. Hhhmmm, didn't hear about any storms brewing on the weather forecast. But these are the tropics and the islands and stuff happens. It is getting dark and the guys aren't back yet. Leo is worried, but they are adults and know what they are doing. Soon enough they come back, but the only problem is we can't raise the dinghy in such rough weather. It will have to wait until tomorrow. Now the only question is, what will it be like tomorrow morning?