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Posted by on Friday, October 27, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 4 comments

Coral Gardens, Rocky Dundas & Ed Scissorhand’s Island

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What do Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd all have in common?

Well, they were all victims to Tambi’s trespassing.

But first, let me tell you about Rocky Dundas…

We knew about Rocky Dundas long before we moved out of our house and began our search for the sailboat. (Thank you Wicked Salty!)

It’s really cool for things to have come full circle, and we are now experiencing things that we were dreaming about not all that long ago. Wow, time does fly by – and I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again… it’s amazing the thing you can accomplish if you make a commitment to reaching your dream and putting consistent effort towards that dream.

Rocky Dundas are 2 little islands, one of which, is mostly hollow on the inside. You access the inside by swimming into small openings on the North side of the Eastern-most island. It’s actually really cool when you get inside there. Both caves have large holes in the roof, so it’s lit up inside. There weren’t a whole lot of fish in there, but it was still quite amazing. Oh – there is quite a coral garden just outside the entrance, so that’s really nice.

Now, I should tell you about the OTHER part… the part where Tambi blatantly trespasses on an island that is owned by non other than Edward Scissorhands HIMSELF! Yes, you read that right. Tambi’s not as innocent as you thought, now is she? Well, she really wanted to have her picture taken on that island, so we did what we could to accommodate.

-Ben

2.13.17 We left for Little Halls Pond this morning! That is Johnny Depps private island! We can see his beach from where we anchored. N 24*19.193 W 76*33.388

Corret got here shortly after we did. We (Ben, Molly and I) went over to Johnny’s island and Molly and I got our pictures taken on the island! I almost chickened out and Ben had to practically force me to get out of the diggy. He literally drove it up onto the beach. After that I snorkeled around the airplane and then we all snorkeled at the Coral Gardens, Sea Aquarium. It was beautiful snorkeling! It’s so beautiful, it’s probably my favorite place to snorkel here in the Bahamas! After that, we didn’t like the anchorage because of the wind and strong current moving through the cut so we moved to Cambrige Cay. We invited Bill and Susan from Corret over for dinner. We had a great time and really enjoyed spending time with them!

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Johnny Depp’s island!!

2.14.17 Anchored at Rocky Dundas today and went snorkeling and we explored the caves. So cool!! Bill and Susan came too.

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After Rocky Dundas we moved back to Cambrige Cay behind Bell Island- a private island owned by some rich Arabian Sheikh- to hide from the SW wind coming in on Thursday. We’ll stay here until Friday depending on the weather. We’re going to catch up on school and video editing. Molly and I made cookies for dessert tonight for a Valentine’s Day treat.

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Posted by on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Boo Boo Hill Blow Hole at Warderick Wells

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Warderick Wells is a great place! It’s inside the Exumas Land & Sea Park – so that means no spearfishing, no trash disposal, no food, no fuel, no water, etc… BUT it does mean that the wildlife and natural scenery is about as raw and untouched as possible.

In this video, we explore the island of Warderick Wells. There are bones of sperm whales, there’s a blow hole, and there’s a hill with a pile of drift wood on it.

Tambi LOVES the blow hole. It really is cool. It think we were there around low tide because the hole was blowing only air – no water. That’s my amateur analysis anyways, as I have very little experience with blow holes.

Oh yeah! We also add our little piece of driftwood to the pile at the top of the hill. Apparently it’s some sort of ritualistic thing that’s supposed to give you good luck. I don’t know about all that “luck” stuff – but it is cool to have our contribution added to the pile.

-Ben

2.11.17 Left Shroud Cay today for Warderick Wells. Very bumpy ride. N 24*23.191 W 76*37.939

2.12.17 Went over to the island today. Boo Boo Hill and the Blow Hole were awesome! There was a giant sperm whale skeleton on the beach. We went on a nice little hike up to Boo Boo Hill. We left an offering to Neptune on the pile and played over the Blow Hole. Bill and Susan from Corret found us today and anchored nearby. They came over and hung out on our boat for awhile, then we had dinner on their boat.

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Posted by on Monday, August 21, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, YouTube Videos |

Private Beaches & Sail Repair At Shroud Cay

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I ripped the mainsail. Yep – ripped it good.
So, in this video we fix the sail with sail tape and thread.

Exciting stuff.

Oh, there’s a lot of footage of Tambi in a bikini – so that’s always good.

There’s also this bit where Tambi jumps in the water with a shark.
By the way – did you know that sharks LOVE oatmeal?

Who would have known?

Then, there’s this great part that shows you a ton of footage of a wonderful day at a private beach. Oh man, it was so great.

So relaxing. What a great little day we had together. Molly and I snorkeled around a bit while Tambi worked on her tan.

Just a lovely day, in a lovely place – Shroud Cay!

-Ben

2.7.17 We moved to Shroud Cay today. N 24*31.473 W 76*47.785 We tore our mainsail today because we forgot to take off one of the bunt lines. When we first got to Shroud, I jumped into the water to wash my hair. I saw what I THOUGHT was a shark right before I jumped in the water, so we stuck the GoPro down in the water to check it out, turns out it was just a Remora. A giant Remora. I was terrified to jump in, but I faced my fears, and did it. Man was it scary! (If you don’t know, I have a legitimate fear of sharks, and pretty much anything that has the potential to bite me in the water) After that, Molly worked on her scrapbook of our family and friends while Ben and I worked on the sail repair. Good thing Will didn’t use all of our sail tape! Haha! We think we did a pretty good job!

I just can not get over the beauty of the sunsets here in the Bahamas. Everyone is different and I can’t pass up the opportunity to take a photo of one! Tonight, Ben and I had a little date night and we watched the second Hobbit.

2.8.17 We moved closer to the island today to get better wind protection from the incoming cold front.

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Then, we went to the beach and had such a great day! This beach is so beautiful and we had it all to ourselves! Imagine that, a private Bahamian beach all to our onesies to explore, and swim in the crystal clear water. Can it get any better? Ben and Molly went snorkeling and I walked along the beach and enjoyed the quiet time alone. After we got back to the boat, we rinsed off and Ben gave Molly a much needed hair cut. Now, it’s not so hot on her neck, and it’s not so hard to take care of.

2.9.17 The wind made it pretty rolly today, so we had a really lazy day on the boat. We caught up on some school, played Kingdom Rush on the Kindle and colored in our coloring books.  We were treated with a beautiful full moon shining on the water tonight.

2.10.17 We spent the day on the boat again. It was pretty much the same as yesterday. We fed the Remoras under the boat some oats. There are TONS of them! We also met Mark and Cindy from S/V Creampuff! We met them through the blog, and they just happened upon us today! Check out their blog here. So exciting!

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Posted by on Monday, August 21, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Highbourne Cay, DON’T EAT THE CHICKEN!!!

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HIGHBOURNE CAY. Lovely little island, but also very expensive. This is a private island / resort that caters to the big super-cruisers and sport fishers that have made their way over from South Florida.

The cost of a single night in a slip is $4.00 a foot.

A pack of Oreos is $12.

An avacado is $6.

Still, even with the costs of goods being the highest we’ve seen thus far, it’s still a beautiful setting in clear blue water.

In this post we eat ice cream and Ben goes spearfishing.

Oh, and I’ll show you the most colorful chicken we’ve ever seen!

2.1.17 Made it to Highbourne Cay today. We stayed on the boat after we got here, after a long day of motor sailing. We’ll be going ashore tomorrow. N 24*42.348 W 76*49.222

Beautiful Sunset from our anchorage at Highbourne Cay.

2.2.17 There was a lot of swell where we anchored so we moved around the corner today. N 24*42.644 W 76*49.706

We are staying here tonight and probably tomorrow too. We went to the marina for lunch today and we got ice cream!

Another beautiful sunset in Highbourne Cay.

2.3.17 We filled up with water and diesel today. Then we went to the beach with Claudie and her family. Ben went spearfishing with Laurent but he didn’t spear anything. Ben and I watched the first Hobbit movie tonight.

2.4.17 We did laundry in a bucket today on deck since Highbourne doesn’t have laundry services for anyone not staying in the Marina. Molly used the drying sheet as a tent. After that, we went to the marina and got some things at the grocery store for BLT’s and Tacos. Yumm! We had the BLT’s for Lunch and the Tacos for dinner. It was so good and it’s so great to have fresh food. We also went to the beach with Claudie and her family again today.

Lets play a game. . . Where’s Ben? Molly seams to like her tent too.

Ben says not to eat the chicken. This birds name is Lou.

2.5.17 We met Will on Doggie Paddle today. He came over to borrow some sail tape because he ripped his head sail today. He stayed and chatted for awhile, he is a nice guy and we enjoyed meeting him. Will invited Ben to go spearfishing with him. Molly and I watched the Minions movie while Ben went spearfishing with Will.

2.6.17 Today, Will came over to the boat to return the sail tape and he stayed and hung out for while. Then Molly and I did some homeschool. After Will left, we had lunch and then we went to the beach while Will and Ben went spearfishing again. He caught a lot of fish today.

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Posted by on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Living Aboard, YouTube Videos | 2 comments

Cruising Hoffmans Cay in the Berry Islands

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This post is about us leaving Great Harbour, and heading to Hoffman’s Cay – both in the Berry Islands.

This was a great little stop at a laid back, and fairly remote anchorage.
We do some snorkeling, some blue hole exploration, and some general beach stuff.

1.27.17 Moved to Hoffmans Cay today with Claudie and her family today. Molly, Claudie and Aymeric went swimming next to the boat, and they invited us to their boat for dinner.  N 25*36.581 W 77*43.917

1.28.17 Moved closer to shore today after the other boats left. There is a wind coming in and we wanted to get out of the open and snuggle up to the shore to hide so we don’t get blown around and don’t have too much swell. N 25*36.982 W 77*44.024 Today we hiked to the Ocean Hole and then played at the beach with Claudies family. We played with the frisbee, Molly and Aymeric played in the sand and we had a great time. It’s such a beautiful secluded beach!

1.29.17 There was a lot of wind and rain today so we stayed on the boat. We did some school, I read some, and Molly played on the Kindle. It was a nice lazy day hanging out on the boat.

1.30.17 We did two days of school today since we will be traveling tomorrow. We also went to the beach to play with Claudie and Aymeric today. We had a great time exploring and playing at the beach.

1.31.17 Woke up to the most gorgeous sunrise! Today we traveled to Rose Island with Dorenavent, it’s a little island a mile East of Nassau. We did not want to stop at Nassau because of the crime, bad anchoring, and current. We stayed on the boat and there was a beautiful sunset tonight. N 25*05.049 W 77*12.760

Beautiful Sunrise in Hoffmans Cay.

Went past Nassau today, we could see Atlantas from the boat.

Sunset from Rose Island.

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Posted by on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, Living Aboard, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Winter Norther & Spiny Lobster At Great Harbour

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We’ve arrived at Great Harbour in the Berry Islands just in time for a serious cold front to bear down on us.

The fun part is that even though we have an excellent spot for wind protection as the weather clocks around from the West to the North – we’re wide open to a very rough, roll-inducing ocean swell that rocks the boat for days.

So that, and also the fact that Tambi has been struggling with seasickness, makes for an arrival in the Bahamas that is a lot more stressful that we had anticipated.

All is not lost though, because once the weather subsides, we are able to stretch out and begin enjoying this wonderful place that we’ve been dreaming about for months.

1.22.17 Today, we had french toast for breakfast, and then we went to the beach with Sarah & Andrew from Honeymooner. Molly found some neat shells, and she played in the water. Sarah gave Ben a fish fillet they caught while sailing to Great Harbour and he cooked it up for dinner. I’ve been feeling sick and uneasy about this sailing adventure. I keep praying that it gets better and that I start enjoying myself. Today, I felt a little better, and the light is shining a little brighter for me. There is hope that this will get better and that I will start to enjoy this family adventure. There is a lot of strong wind coming in tomorrow and we will be stuck on the boat for a few days so, it felt really good to get off the boat for a few hours today and stretch our legs. Hopefully the next few days won’t be unbearable.

1.23.17 The strong wind came in last night and lasted all day today. It was so strong, and so uncomfortable trying to sleep in all that wind. I am feeling pretty crappy today, we just hung out on the boat and didn’t do much.

1.24.17 The strong wind lasted all night last night as well as all day today again. The swell is so bad and the boat was rolling all over the place. We didn’t get much sleep again last night. I am still feeling bad and it’s getting worse. At one point I began to think, what have I done? Why did we do this? We were crazy to think this would work, I’m not made for this! I get car sick just going to town.

Molly did an art project today while we were stuck on the boat. Hopefully there won’t be too many more days like this one. I don’t know how much more I can take.

1.25.17 The strong wind and swell lasted all night again and it has began to die down today. Thank goodness! We got in the diggy and went over to a little island across the cove from us with Claudie, Laurent and Aymeric from Dorenavent (we spent New Years with them). Molly had such a great time playing in the water and sand. I really enjoyed talking with Claudie and getting to know her better. It felt so good to finally get off the boat today. I’ve been feeling stuck and sick for three days now.  While we were chatting and playing on the beach, Ben went spearfishing with Laurent, Andrew and Sarah (from Honeymooner). He caught a HUGE lobster! The Bohemians call them spiny lobsters or crawfish. It was so big! He cooked it up for dinner but I don’t think we cooked it long enough because it wasn’t completely cooked inside and was super tough. He was so disappointed, but now we know for next time. We also cleaned the composting toilet today.

1.26.17 It felt so good to get a good night sleep last night! Today we did some school, then we went over to the island. We had lunch at the Beach Bar. It was pretty good, but also pretty expensive ($40 for two burgers with fries and 1 bottle of water!) After lunch, we walked over to the marina where Claudie and her family are staying. We hung out with them for a bit, and then took showers! I really needed it! Not just to get clean, but it really helped me feel better and things are starting to look up! I feel so much better, after a shower, even if it was a cold one!

We stopped by Gamma Gamma on our way back to our boat. We met them in Lake Boca very briefly and then met them again at the Beach Bar. We hung out with them for a little bit and then came back to the boat for bed.

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