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Posted by on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Eleuthera, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Spanish Wells Has Papa Scoops Ice Cream

Watch Video 61 here!

Spanish Wells! Land of fishing boats, golf carts, Papa’s Scoops, and bad anchorages.

We spent exactly 1 day exploring Spanish Wells. It’s a pretty chill place. Yeah, golf carts are the primary mode of transportation around the island. They’re everywhere!

Also, the price of food is the closest to the USA that we have experienced anywhere in the Bahamas.

-Ben

6.10.17 I had a hard time sleeping- well getting to sleep I guess. It was 5:00 AM before I fell asleep. Ben got me up at 7 because we were dragging anchor and we needed to get over to Spanish Wells to get stuff done. So only 2 hours of sleep is all I got. Man coffee was SO good today! I feel exhausted and sick from no sleep, but the day must go on. I will definitely make sure to go to sleep early tonight. We moved over to Spanish Wells. N 25*32.752 W 76*44.540

As soon as we got settled, we went ashore and dropped off the trash and got diesel. Then we walked to the grocery store. It was very nice. Even better stocked thank Rock Sound. After we got done with groceries, the propane guy picked us up in his golf cart. Everyone has a golf cart here in Spanish Wells! He took us to his house and filled our propane tank, then he kindly drove us back to our dinghy. Grommet left us a gift at the dock they were staying at. Oreos, SO HAPPY! After shopping, we came back to the boat, had lunch, and put the groceries away. After that we decided to go back to town to walk around. We walked through town looking at boats, houses, and in the little shops.

We got back to the boat for dinner. We were going to go get ice cream at Papa’s Scoops, but they are only open from 7:30-10 PM and closed on Sundays. At least that’s what their Facebook says, but a sign at their store said open after church. So… we decided to go out to dinner and get ice cream tonight instead of tomorrow. We went to dinner and had a great meal! Then it wasn’t quite 7:30 yet so we walked to the beautiful pink sand beach. At 7:30 we got our ice cream and walked back to the dinghy in ice cream heaven. That ice cream is so yummy and creamy! We got back to the boat and I was in bed by 9. It’s been a long busy day on only 2 hours of sleep. Hopefully I won’t be doing that again any time soon.

Also, Ben has decided not to sleep in the v-berth anymore. Haha! He says its way too hot in there so he’s sleeping out on the starboard settee.

6.11.17 Today we moved to the beautiful Egg Island. It’s so magnificent here. I’m sure the photos won’t do this place justice! N 25*29.761 W 76*53.210

Molly and Ben went swimming and explored the beach a bit today. We got the boat ready to travel to the Berry Islands tomorrow. When they got back we had dinner and showered.

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Posted by on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Eleuthera, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Sailing Engineless Through Current Cut

Watch Video 60 here!

Without using our diesel engine, we sail through Current Cut and anchor at Meeks Patch, an island with swimming pigs.

Buckle up – this post has it all…

Seasickness, sailing, protected anchorages, uninhabited islands, swimming pigs, snorkeling, and a bright red bikini. đŸ˜‰

We start off by leaving Hatchet Bay with the wind and seas blowing directly into the cut. It was a bumpy ride getting out of the cut, but once we were out, there was definitely no going back.

From there, we nurse 2 sick crew members as we make our way to and through Current Cut – we actually sail all the way through the cut against a stiff current! So proud of Tambi for steering our way through as I worked the sails. Pretty cool experience.

Then onwards to Royal Island where we wait out a short low coming through. Not too much to do here, but it’s a wonderfully protected anchorage – I’d probably rank it as the best overall anchorage for all-round protection in Eleuthera.

Finally, we stop at Meek’s Patch and play with the pigs for a while. We also do a bit of snorkeling while there. Great little island, but don’t tell anybody! We don’t want this to become the next Big Majors uber-touristy “swimming” pig attraction.

-Ben

6.6.17 Today we moved to Royal Island, Eleuthera. N 25*30.759 W 76*51.008

Molly and I both got sick today. The waves were 3-5 feet. It was a bumpy ride, and not fun.

We went to the grocery store this morning before we left Hatchet Bay and got some needed food items and some fresh produce. I made broccoli alfredo for dinner and we watched a family movie. Molly is finally old enough to be introduced to the first Harry Potter movie! She likes it!

6.7.17 Ben took Molly swimming today. I love when they go off on their own for a few hours for several reasons, 1) I love how they go off and have daddy/daughter time exploring. 2) I get some quiet time alone. 3) They always bring back something cool.

Tonight we will watch the 2nd half of the first Harry Potter. The photo below, is Molly’s face at the end of the movie. After the movie, we called Ben’s Mom, and Dad and his sister Kathy.

6.8.17 Today we hung out on the boat, read, and did the dishes. That afternoon we went swimming for a little bit. We found a super cool large red starfish.

When we got back to the boat, we took showers and then had dinner. After Molly went to bed, Ben and I watched a movie.

6.9.17 Today we moved to Meeks Patch. N 25*31.005 W 76*46.750

We went ashore and found the PIGS! They are so cute and they swim! We fed them popcorn and crackers. We also went snorkeling around. Then when we got back to the boat, our neighbor boat brought us some coronas and some coconut water cans they didn’t want. It turned out to be a great day!

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Posted by on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Eleuthera, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Spelunking The Hatchet Bay Caves

Watch Episode 59 here!

After sailing through the rocky entrance to Hatchet Bay, we anchor the boat and go spelunking in the nearby caves.

Tambi doesn’t like bats, spiders, or the dark. Because of her dislike of those things, I thought it was strange when she wanted to go spelunking in the caves at Hatchet Bay. So spelunking we went!

Tambi did good. In fact, all 3 of us managed to explore the caves without receiving jugular bites from any of the resident flying rodents. If that’s not the measure of a successful caving experience, I don’t know what is!

Let’s see, what else happened… OH! We also got to check out the annual Pineapple Festival on Eleuthera. A pretty cool experience. Loads of friendly Bahamians came out to enjoy the festivities, eat some conch salad, drink a few Vita Malts, and just celebrate life. It was awesome.

While at the Pineapple Festival I was interviewed by the #1 news reporter in the Bahamas. I wish I was able to get the actual footage and audio, but I’ve not yet been able to track it down.

-Ben

5.28.17 We made our way to Hatchet Bay today. N 25*20.787 W 76*29.339

The Hatchet Bay anchorage was once an “inland lake”. They cut through the rock to the west side of the island to make the entrance. When we got settled in, we went for a walk around to check out the town. We found the laundromat, the beach, and a place to get burgers. At the Twin Brothers we had yummy non-alcoholic daiquiris.

5.29.17 Today we went to the laundromat to wash laundry and we also got ice cream.

Ben and Molly went swimming at the beach after lunch. They found a super cool olive green-black glass bottle from the 19th century made between 1860-1880. Very rare and it was in pretty good shape!

Ben and I watched the 2nd National Treasure.

5.30.17 We hung out on the boat today.

For dinner we ate at the Twin Brothers. It was very good! We met two couples who were also eating there and started chatting with them. One of them is from Texas on vacation. The other couple is from New York, they are building a house in Ten Bay. While they are building their house, they live on a boat at the dock in Hatchet Bay. They live in the states for a few months and in the Bahamas January-July.

Ben and Molly made some friends on the beach. Molly and an adorable little boy chatted and played with rocks. Ben made friends with some school kids who were walking home. He showed them his juggling skills.

Ben and I watched the 1st Austin Powers tonight.

5.31.17 Today we went to the Hatchet Bay Caves. It was very cool! Very dark. There were bats. We went in pretty far, but not as far as the caves go. They go in for a mile at least. There was a string to follow into the cave so you don’t get lost. After the caves we took another side trail and found the west side of the island. We were standing on the the high cliffs. It was so beautiful!

For dinner I made the 15 bean soup. It was so good! We had a great family snuggle in the v-berth. We called Ben’s mom, dad, and sister Kathy tonight.

6.1.17 Today is the 1st day of Hurricane Season and the 1st day of Molly’s birth month! I can’t believe that my girl will be 7 this month! 7! It feels weird to not be planning a birthday party for her. I usually go all out with a theme and food, and games. We invite all our family and friends.

Today we went to the dock to see the Fredericks, the couple we met at the Twin Brothers who lives on their boat. We stayed all day! We got there at 11 and didn’t leave until 6! Time really got away from us, we were enjoying getting to know them, and we had a great time!

6.2.17 Today Keith picked us up at 3:00 and we went to the Pineapple Festival in Gregory Town. We had a great time! Ben got interviewed by a Bahamian news crew. We also met the lady who owns and farms the local pineapple farm.

The wind had shifted 180* while we were gone. When we got back to the boat we looked at the chart plotter and realized we had drug anchor, and we were still dragging! Straight towards the rocks! Ben quickly jumped into action. At this point we were already about 100 yards from where we were anchored. We immediately started the engine and worked to get the bow into the wind. Ben got the snubber off and began pulling up the anchor while I kept it into the wind. We maneuvered around in the dark and repositioned the boat. We reset the anchor with the new wind direction.

6.3.17  Today we moved to the other side of the pond to try and get a better anchor set. N 25*21.050 W 76*29.646

While we were moving a dinghy rode past us and it was Linda and Carl, I met Linda through facebook and they have been watching our videos. We met them over at the Twin Brothers and they treated us to lunch! We really enjoyed chatting with them and we hope to see them again.

We got back to the boat and took showers and Ben and I watched the 2nd Austin Powers movie.

6.4.17 Today we had blueberry muffins for breakfast. After breakfast we went over to the dock and we got water, then we went back to the boat, dropped off the water and got the computer. We went to the Twin Brothers for wifi. We got pink sands, Molly got an OJ and we got some chicken fingers. After that we stopped at the Boaters Haven and got some things from the store. Emmette, the man who owns the Boaters Haven, was a great guy! He gave us one of his CD’s and he gave Molly an ice pop. Emmette was in the process of building showers and a laundry facility for boaters staying in the Hatchet Bay Pond. The closest laundromat is a very long walk away, and there are no public showers in the area. This is going to be a great improvement to the area and a great asset for boaters.

Tonight for dinner Linda and Carl on Escape Pod invited us over. We had a great time visiting with them! After hanging out for a while, we came back to the boat. Ben and I watched the 3rd Austin Powers.

6.5.17 Today we got up and got ready to go to the glass window with Q and Zeke (the couple we met who lives on their boat here in Hatchet Bay). They drove us down to the Glass Window, it was so beautiful! You can read about it here. After we left the Glass Window, they took us to a hidden beach. It was a nice little hike, down to a beautiful beach. Then they took us to the Queens Bath. You can read about the beautiful Queens Bath here. After that, we stopped for lunch at the Laughing Lizard. It was very good. As we were leaving, a guy pulled up in Lenny Kravitz’s jeep. After lunch, on the way back to the boat, we did some exploring looking for Surfers Beach. We never found it.

When we got back to our boat, we got cleaned up a bit, then we had Linda and Carl from Escape Pod over for a visit. They left around 7:30, then we had dinner, showered off and went to bed.

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Posted by on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Eleuthera | 0 comments

Abandoned Navy Base At Alabaster Bay, Eleuthera

Watch Episode 58 here!

We anchor our sailboat in Alabaster Bay to explore the abandoned navy base on Eleuthera.

There’s not much around the area, especially by foot. No restaurants, no laundry or showers, and no where to go for fuel or water. The only thing that is close by is the abandoned US Navy Base.

We hiked for about 2 miles to arrive at the old Navy Base. It was an easy hike along the road, a good portion of it along the Queen’s Highway. Once at the base, we wander around and check out all the old buildings and try to figure out what they used to be.

The whole place is very grown up – the island has nearly reclaimed the majority of the buildings and structures on the property. Also, the buildings themselves are in awful shape, many of them on the verge of collapse. I would still recommend checking this place out if you happen to be in the area. It’s very interesting to wander around the old roads and try to imagine how things used to look while the base was still in service almost 50 years ago.

Another thing about Alabaster Bay is that it’s simply beautiful. The beaches are wonderful, and of course, the water is gorgeous. Molly actually learned to swim right there in the waters of Alabaster Bay! We’re really proud of that fact. Way to go Molly!

There’s also a great spearfishing spot that’s just around the rocky corner of the bay – on the South end – right next to a large rock that’s sticking out of the water. Be sure to dive around that rock if you’re ever in the area. Soooo many fish, and many of them were of considerable size – way to large for just Molly and I to eat.

-Ben

5.23.17 Today we went to the old abandoned US Naval Base. It was a really long hike and was oh so hot, but we had a great time! The old base was really cool and also kinda creepy. It is so interesting to walk around all these old rundown buildings and imagine what they were like new, and when they were lived in.

We also found a really beautiful beach on the East side of the island. I got more pink sand!

Ben and I tried to watch the second Hunger Games tonight, but the file was corrupted somehow. Sad day. So we watched Iron Man instead.

5.24.17 Today we went to the beach. Ben and Molly swam and I hung out on the beach. I looked for shells and found a lot of pretty ones to make earrings out of! Then I just laid on the beach and read my book some. It was so nice and relaxing.

Ben and Molly found a HUGE crab while snorkeling. They lassoed it up and brought it on shore to show me, then they put it  back where they found it.

Molly is swimming without her floaties now. She is doing such a great job swimming, we are so proud of her!

Ben and I watched the 2nd Iron Man tonight.

5.25.17 Today I stayed on the boat while Ben and Molly went swimming again. Molly is really getting so much better at swimming without her floaties. Yesterday she must have left her mask and snorkel on the beach because we couldn’t find it today when they were getting ready to go. Luckily they found it buried in the sand and seagrass on shore.

We called Ben’s dad tonight to tell him Happy Birthday!

Ben and I watched Quigly Down Under tonight.

5.26.17 Ben couldn’t get Patreon to work on his phone this morning because it needed an update, so he went ashore and begged the hotel/restaurant on shore there to lets him use their wifi. Reluctantly, they said yes. We really wanted to eat at the restaurant, but they are only open for guests at the resort. Bummer!

After he got back, we hung out on the boat for a bit, then we all took a swim. When we got back we showered off, Ben went out swimming again and came back with a big hog fish for dinner. I cooked it up for him and Molly with some yellow rice.

Tonight Ben and I watched Million Dollar Baby.

5.27.17 A lightning storm came in around last night. Ben was so scared that we were going to get struck by lightning because it was so close and getting closer every new bolt that struck. He even was thinking about taking us to shore in the dinghy. We are the only sailboat in the anchorage, and I wasn’t freaked until I could see that he was really scared. I’ve never seen him so scared before. We didn’t go ashore, the lightning stopped around 3 am, and we were fine. It was difficult to get back to sleep though.

Today we hung out on the boat, Ben and Molly went swimming again. We ended the day with a beautiful sunset and Ben and I watched National Treasure.

Tomorrow we will move on to Hatchet Bay!

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Posted by on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Eleuthera, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Hanging out in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera

Watch video 56 here!

In this post, we go on a dinner date in Governor’s Harbour in Eleuthera, Bahamas.

I feel like this post/episode is a fairly accurate reflection as to what a normal day is like while out cruising.

You get up, you clean the dinghy, you do laundry, you run out of cash so you go to the bank, then you grab a nice hamburger because by that time, you’ve worked up an appetite.

If you ever do laundry at Governor’s Harbour, be warned. The laundromat is hotter than Hades. The dryers vent all the exhaust directly into the building itself. Holy moly, it was like being in a sauna.

No matter – we round off the day with a nice island-style family dinner date. Nothing like enjoying a good meal with my 2 ladies as company – especially on a beautiful island in the Bahamas. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

-Ben

5.18.17 Today we went ashore and Ben cleaned the bottom of the diggy while Molly and I combed the beach for shells and sea glass. Then we went over to the immigration office to see if they were open, they were not. After that we went to the bank and got some cash, because we’re getting a little low and we just wanted to be sure we had enough to get through until we get back to Florida. When we successfully (after a couple tries) got some cash, we went looking around the little shops here in Governors Harbour. Ben is looking for a pair of crocs! Yikes! We ate lunch at a little place called Da Perk. It’s a little coffee/sandwich shop. It was super yummy, but also pretty expensive! We spent $50 on lunch! After lunch we went looking for the laundromat so we can do a much needed laundry run tomorrow, then we went to the grocery store and got some things. We had beans and weenies for dinner and we watched a family movie, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.

5.19.17 Today our immigration runs out. We have been in the Bahamas for 120 days! We’ve been trying to renew but because of the boats from Haiti, no one is in the offices. We called Keith’s sister, and she said we would be fine.

We went to the laundromat today and did a couple loads of laundry. I love the feeling of clean sheets!

After that, we came back to the boat, took showers and got ready for a family dinner date. We had a great dinner at a place called Buccaneers. It was the BEST onion rings I’ve ever had. So good! We’ll definitely be stopping here on return visits! Ben and I watched third Matrix tonight.

5.20.17 Today Keith came up and we went to the Leon Levy Plant Preserve. I’ll share photos and details in the next post.

We also explored the town a little bit today.

5.21.17 We stayed on the boat today and just hung out. Today was Molly’s last day of 1st grade!

5.22.17 We went to the immigration office today and got our visa’s renewed. They gave us 45 more days, so it’ll expire on July 4th.

We left Governors Harbour today for Alabaster Bay. N 25*15.577 W 76*19.235 We stayed on the boat tonight. Ben and I watched the 1st Hunger Games.

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Posted by on Thursday, August 9, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Eleuthera, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Ten Bay Beach, Eleuthera

In the last post, I shared video 54, where it begins in Rock Sound and ends with us pulling up the anchor and heading to Ten Bay Beach. In this post I’ll tell you about that sail, and our time spent at Ten Bay Beach. You can watch video 55 here, where we hang out at Ten Bay Beach, and then make our way to Governors Harbour.

5.16.17 In the latter half of episode 54, it shows how we go about weighing anchor and sailing away without the assistance of the engine. It’s not all that hard to do, but requires a bit of forethought, and good communication between the anchor-upper (thats Ben), and the helms-woman (that’d be me). Also, Molly, “The Swabby” takes the helm. Yep – our little Molly can steer the Sandflea, with a little supervision, of course. Ah – they grow up so fast!

We anchor under-sail in Ten Bay Beach after a lovely sail. N 25*07.136 W 76*09.292

Ten Bay Beach is a beautiful secluded beach. There were so many little tiny shells. The only downside, is the time of they day we were there, there were also SO many biting no-see-ums.

Oh the many funny faces of Molly!

I found hundreds of little tiny shells on Ten Bay Beach. They were beautiful!

Keith gave me a lovely box of chocolates for Mother’s Day. Thanks Keith! They were yummy!

Also, there were so many cute starfish!

Another beautiful Eleuthera sunset!

5.17.17 Today we left Ten Bay beach for Governors Harbour. It was another beautiful sail, until the last 30ish minutes, where it began to rain on us. It wasn’t so bad and it kept us cool. We anchored in the harbor (in the rain) and get settled in. We went ashore to see if the immigration office is open because we only have 2 days until our visa’s run out.

We’ve been in touch with Keith’s sister in the immigration office via text and they have been really busy with the boats of Haitians that have landed on the island. She told us that another boat landed in South Eleuthera this morning, so the offices were closed today. She said not to worry if we’re a few days late, that it wouldn’t be a big deal.

There was a mama and baby dolphin that tagged along with us for much of the sail from Ten Bay to Governors Harbour.

We went ashore and took a quick look around Cupids Cay looking for the immigration office.

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