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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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Posted by on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands | 0 comments

Northern Exumas with friends

4.12.17 Rain today… and we cleaned out the composting toilet.

Moved to Normans Cay today. N 24*36.271 W 76*49.237

After we got to Normans, guess who showed up!? Honeymooner! We thought they’ed be in Cuba by now! After they got settled and had dinner they came over to catch up. They decided not to go to Cuba. They left Black Point today, heard us on the radio with Bali Ha’i and followed us here! There was a beautiful rainbow in the sky when we anchored.

Ben and I watched Star Wars episode 6 tonight.

4.13.17 Today we went to Lobster Cay with Bali Ha’i and Honeymooner. N 24*40.287 W 76*49.339

We did some school and then went snorkeling/fishing. After that we went back to the boat and prepared rice and the yellow snapper Ben caught. Sarah made the lobster and also cooked Jeff’s catch, and a lion fish. We all met on Honeymooner and had a great dinner. We really enjoyed hanging out together!

4.14.17 Moved to Highborne Cay today. N 24*42.572 W 76*49.567 We stayed on the boat tonight, there is another cold front coming in tonight.

4.15.17 Today we stayed on the boat. We made bread, did a load of dishes, read the Easter story in Molly’s Bible. It was a nice lazy Saturday! We had a delicious dinner too!

4.16.17 Today is Easter Sunday, and we went to shore. We got diesel fuel, then we went to the grocery store. After the grocery store we went to lunch at the Xuma restaurant with Jeff and Katina from Bali Ha’i. There are some beautiful flowers by the marina. After lunch we got ICE CREAM and took it back to the boat!! Ben and I watched Star Wars Episode 7.

4.17.17 We had a delicious breakfast this morning then we moved the boat a few hundred feet North.

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This afternoon we went snorkeling with Honeymooner. Tonight we all got together on Bali Ha’i and had an amazing dinner! I made red beans and rice, Katina made chicken bites and bread, Sarah made sushi and potatoes. It was all so YUMMY! We really enjoyed spending time with all of them. We will miss them a lot when we all have to separate.

4.18.17 Today Andrew and Sarah on Honeymooner left for Nassau to start the trip back to the states. We cleaned up the boat and Jeff and Katina came over after dinner to hang out before they leave tomorrow. We will miss them and Honeymooner a lot!

4.19.17 Today Jeff and Katina left for Nassau to start their journey back to the states. After lunch Ben, Molly and I went to the beach. It was a nice relaxing afternoon. We came back to the boat and had tacos for dinner. We watched Brave and had a family movie night.

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Posted by on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

The Most Beautiful Beach in the Bahamas

Check out video 49 here!

We’ve discovered the most beautiful beach in the Bahamas. It’s on the East side of Shroud Cay in the Exumas. GORGEOUS!

Go there, then take the dinghy through the northern-most mangrove creek until to you reach the Atlantic side of the island, then BOOM!

It’s hard to describe the colors, the contrast, the raw beauty of this place. The water is absolutely outstanding, the tall rocky cliffs frame the view, and the silky soft sand underfoot solidifies the notion that you’ve just arrived at the most beautiful beach in the Bahamas.

What an outstanding place to be. We also saw sea turtles and an entire NEST of lobsters (crawfish). I guess they mature to such great size and numbers here because they are protected by the rules of The Land & Sea Park, but WOW – those lobsters still look mighty tasty!

If you ever have the chance to see this beach, take the chance. It’s entirely well worth it. OH! Also, go at low tide if you can… that’s when the beach turns into a maze of small winding “rivers” that flow into the island… just amazing. 🙂

4.9.17 Moved to Shroud Cay today with Bali Ha’i. N 24*32.823 W 76*47.429

Molly dressed as a pirate as she ate breakfast. We watched a family movie tonight. “Where the Wild Things Are”

4.10.17 Today we did school and then we went over to the mangrove creek. We went through the beautiful creek all the way to the other side of the island. We saw a lot of sea turtles. When we got over to the beach we were blown away! It’s the most beautiful beach we’ve experienced so far!

After a busy day Ben and Molly snuggled in the V-berth.  There was also a beautiful full moon tonight.

4.11.17 Today we went back to the mangrove creek. It was a lot of fun! I swam a bit of the way back. I was chasing the turtles, but they were way too fast for me, I couldn’t catch any of them. They could see me and swam away before I ever got sight of them.

Tonight we went over to Bali Ha’i. The guys on another boat named Trident went over too. We had brownies and popcorn. Ben and I had a rum punch. We enjoyed hanging out and chatting with everyone. Trident is going South tomorrow and we are going North with Bali Ha’i.

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Posted by on Monday, February 12, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, YouTube Videos | 3 comments

Snorkeling and Dinghy Boarding

4.5.17 After going to Rachaels Bubble Bath today, we moved over to Bell Island. N 24*18.518 W 76*33.072

4.6.17 We went back to the Coral Gardens by Little Halls Pond today again. The swell was really rough, but it was still beautiful. I could spend hours here. After swimming for as long as we could, then we went back to the boat and washed up.

4.7.17 Moved to Warderick Wells today and just hung out on the boat. Ben and I watched Gran Torino tonight.

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4.8.17 We had a lazy morning today. Then we went to the little sand bar by the boat for Molly to play around in the water. It didn’t take her long to get cold and want to go back to the boat. After lunch we went over to Butterfly Beach and we had a great afternoon playing at the beach. We went with Jeff and Katina on SV Bali Ha’i, and Cheryl, Kevin and their nephew Jay on SV Kracken. They brought paddle boards and surf boards and went surfing behind the dinghy. It was awesome and OH so much fun! You can watch that video here, Dinghy Boarding!

Afterwards, we went back to the boat and cleaned up and had a quick dinner. After dinner we went back over to Kracken to hang out. We had such a great time. We really enjoyed getting to know the Bali Ha’i and Kracken crew. Kracken is going South and Bali Ha’i is moving North with us tomorrow.

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Posted by on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Boat Kids Doing Boat Kid Stuff in Black Point

Watch Video 47 Here!

Boat kids are a unique breed. They swim, snorkel, home school, sail, explore, hike, fish, and live exciting young lives.

So we went as far South as Rudder Cut Cay. While we were there, we decided that instead of going further South to Long Island, that we would rather turn around and head back North to spend more time in Eleuthera instead of having to rush. So that puts us in Black Point, again. YAY!

This video is sort of a mix of clips from a short period while we were back in Black Point. Might as well stop there again right? I mean, were headed right by the place on our way back North, plus, they have Happy Hour. Plus there’s another cold front that’s breathing down our necks… might as well right?

So, while at Black Point, again, we hung out with several other boat families. It was really cool to see such a large and diverse group of kids (and adults) hanging out, having fun, and getting along so well despite our many differences. Isn’t that the way the world is supposed to be?

It’s funny how boat kids will amuse themselves. The simple fact is that there’s often a higher degree of creativity required to stay amused when you aren’t surrounded by toys and video games. What do boats kids do? Well, do art projects, chase each other with sticks, or have impromptu sword fights with 3′ bean pods. You’ll see.

It’s quite the adventure!

-Ben

3.22.17 After we left Rudder Cut Cay, we had a beautiful sail to Black Point. There is another cold front coming in and where else is a better place to sit it out then in Black Point with other cruisers with kids? Everyone was tired from their sails to Black Point, so we all just stayed on our boats tonight to recharge. Ben and I watched the next Star Wars tonight.

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3.23.17 Today the guys; Ben, Brad (Baila), Joe (Robin), and Laurent (dorénavent) all went spear fishing together. All the ladies and the kids went to the beach. The kids made a sand zoo and swam in the water. The ladies, we just enjoyed each others company and watched the kids play.

Later that evening, we went to happy hour with SV Robin and SV dorénavent. We had such a great day today. It was so nice to have so many of our new boat friends together in the same anchorage!

On a side note: A friend of mine from our hometown was in Black Point for the day. He and his family are vacationing in the Bahamas this week. They were riding through the anchorage and spotted our boat with our hometown name on it, and recognized it, so they stopped to say hi.

Beautiful Molly at dinner.

3.24.17 Today we stayed on the boat because a cold front came in last night. We did some school work, made bread, and had a yummy dinner. We also watched a family movie. Molly chose Shrek Forever.

Ben tries to scare Molly and she gives him a swift kick.

3.25.17 Today after lunch we went to shore. We met with Baila, Robin, and dorénavent at the laundromat. We did laundry while the kids hung out and did arts and crafts. After that we went to the grocery store for popsicles. Molly dropped hers on the ground while we were walking down the street. It was such a sad sight. She was so sad. We went to Scorpios to hang out and met a Sailboat Story fan. Another great day had by all.

Boat kids are the best. Look at the smile on Molly’s face, before she dropped her popsicle. She was so happy.

3.26.17 Molly went to play with Avery and Finn on SV Robin this morning. They had a great time playing together.

After lunch we went ashore for a hike to the blow hole with Baila, Robin, and our new friends on Bali Ha’i. After the hike, we went back to our boats to gather our shower stuff. Then we went over to take a shower. Katie and her son Finn (from SV Robin) felt so bad about Molly dropping her popsicle yesterday, that they bought her a new one. She was so happy, and it was so sweet of them. After we were all cleaned up, we went over to Deshamans for beer’s (pink sands!) and pizza. It was fun and that pizza is delicious. We had a really great time hanging out with everyone. The kids had fun playing together.

After dinner we all went back to our boats, Ben and I watched the next Star Wars. We decided to watch them in Machete Order, which is where you watch them in a different order from how they were created. The order is number 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6, and lastly 7.

Robin and Baila are headed out tomorrow for Warderick Wells and we’ll move to Staniel Cay with Bali Ha’i.

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Posted by on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, Food, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Sea Turtles and Wooden Owls on Little Farmers Cay

Watch Video 45 Here!

So we sailed to Little Farmers Cay, a little island with sea turtles and wooden owls. Sounds GREAT!

Oh, here’s a highlight for your viewing pleasure… witness, in this video, Molly’s first attempt at blowing a conch horn. It’s just great.

This was a great little island. It’s definitely the smallest settlement that we’ve had the pleasure to visit thus far. A step down from Black Point even – and we thought that one was quite small.

While on Little Farmers Cay, we saw only 2 cars driving around on the roads. I’m not certain of the population on the island, but I’d be surprised if there were many more than 100 people living there.

Very simple, laid back, slow paced, and just plain wonderful.

-Ben

 

3.14.17 Today we moved to Little Farmers Cay. We had to split from Baila and Robin. They went North and we went South. We were heeled over so far today during our sail that everything in the galley fell onto the floor. We anchored on the East side of the island for tonight, we think that we’ll just stay here for tonight and head South again tomorrow. Molly and Ben swam around the boat after we got anchored to check out what the bottom looked like. The holding is not very good here. But it’s enough for the night.

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3.15.17 We decided to stay in Little Farmers until we have a good weather window to go to Georgetown. We moved to the other side of the island  where there is better holding and also for better North- Northwest protection for when the wind switches.

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We went ashore to take a look around. Little Farmers does not disappoint in the beautiful sunset department.

3.16.17 We stayed on the boat today and caught up on some school work.

3.17.17 We went ashore today to look around some more. We saw some beautiful sea turtles swimming in the bay and chatted with some of the local kids. They were a lot of fun. We also, met a man named J.R who is a great man and a wonderful wood carver, we bought an owl from him and he gave us his conch horn, which he taught us how to blow. He also showed us how he does his carvings. Then, he showed us around his amazing garden of fruit trees. Ben also bought a Hawaiian sling and spear from one of the local fishermen here on the island. Ben and I had popcorn, M&M’s, wine and watched Star Wars tonight.

3.18.17 Today we went ashore and spent a few hours at the beach. We found all these tiny little jelly fish looking things floating at the waters edge. (The little brown things in the shell) I also brought in a nice collection of shells. That group of photos of Molly is one of my most favorite collages. She is such a sassy, fun, kid! It was such a fun day!

3.19.17 We made bread for the first time on the boat today. (Check out Ben’s Boat Bread Recipe here!) It was SO good!

We ended up staying on the boat, and Ben went for a swim.

3.20.17 We went ashore today to do some more exploring. We went to Ty’s Sunset Bar and Grill for lunch. We had the pizza because the mail boat hadn’t come in yet, and they didn’t have much to offer. The pizza was ok. Definitely not as good as the one in Black Point. Tomorrow we leave for Rudder Cut Cay. I am so excited about this stop!!

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