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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 Friday, February 9, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Snorkeling the Mermaid Piano

Watch Video 46 Here!

We anchor our sailboat at Rudder Cut Cay so that we can go snorkeling at the famous mermaid piano. It’s AWESOME! Lovely place! (I bet you’ve heard that before). The primary and ONLY attractions are “The Mermaid Piano OR Copperfield’s Piano”, and also an interesting water-side cave.

Now, the islands around Rudder Cut and Musha are private. You can’t go exploring at all on land. In fact, we’ve heard that other cruisers report that they have seen guard dogs roaming the islands, so it might be best to just stick to the water around here.

Some people call the piano “Copperfield’s Piano” because it was put there by David Copperfield… possibly the undesirable result of a magic trick gone wrong – perhaps even caused by an event as simple as a inadvertent flick of the wrist. The world will never really know, but I can only imagine how he intended for the instrument to appear in his living room, when it instead appeared 100ft above sea level just off of Rudder Cut Cay causing the 15,000 lb mass to come crashing down with a terrific splash, forever to be adorned and cherished by all manner of sea-people who believe it was placed there intentionally.

Wow, I got carried away on that one. I digress…

The piano itself is stainless steel, and extremely heavy. The mermaid was added at a later date, and she is often adorned with beads, sunglasses, and other paraphernalia from passing cruisers.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

-Ben

3.21.17 Today we got up and had breakfast, then we cleaned out the composting toilet. Yep, it’s that time again. Really it’s not so bad. It’s just dirt. Anyways, moving on….

After that, we left for Rudder Cut Cay to see the Mermaid Piano. I am SO excited about this stop. In fact it was number one on my list. Can you guess why? Because I’m a mermaid of course, I like to swim with my people.

Claudie and her family are joining us, they are coming from Georgetown.

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It was a pretty short sail, and we decided to swim the piano today. After Claudie and her family got there we all got ready to go. The mermaid piano was amazing! I am so glad we got to go see it! I only wish I could have held my breath long enough to spend more time down there with her!

After we the swim we went over to dorenavent for dinner. We had a great time visiting with friends, we haven’t seen them since we were in Highborn Cay.

3.22.17 We’ve decided that we don’t need to go to Georgetown, so we’re going back to Black Point today. This morning, I enjoyed my coffee out in the cockpit. It was lovely. Molly did some school, today’s journal assignment was to write about her Grandfather Rick. My dad, who passed away in 2006. Then before we left, we wanted to go explore the little cave along the waters edge.

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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

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

Black Point is our Bahamian Home

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We love Black Point, Exumas so much of all the places we’ve see so far that we’ve dubbed it our official Bahamian “Home Away From Home”.

The people are wonderful, there is a grocery store, restaurants, laundry facility, and showers. Everything is laid back, and things move a bit more slowly here… even slower than most parts of the Bahamas, if you can believe it.

The anchorage is well protected from every direction except West, and the holding is as good as it gets.

Then, if all that isn’t enough, Black Point is situated between Staniel Cay and Little Farmers… 2 other settlements that likely have any resources you might need that aren’t available in Black Point.

Also – Tambi spends her birthday stuck aboard the boat with the 2 people she loves the most. Wow, lucky her! We do our best to make her birthday special despite being confined to a floating jail cell. Maybe it wasn’t all that bad… we did make her some birthday coupons!

-Ben

2.28.17 Moved to Black Point today, we anchored right next to the Government dock.

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As soon as we got settled in we went ashore and walked around town. It’s a lovely island, as we were walking the school children got out of class and crowded around us. They were in love with Ben and the camera. We explored the different restaurants and bars, we checked out the little grocery store and the laundromat and the showers. After we walked around the island a bit, we found Will at Scorpios, and had dinner and rum punches. It was a great evening. Will bought Molly her very first non-“rum punch”.

Black Point’s bay at low tide.

3.1.17 We went snorkeling today with Will. Then we went ashore to do laundry and take showers. It feels so good to have clean sheets and clothes! Ben took Molly while I showered, so I had a shower all to myself! First shower since January! They give you 8 minutes for $4.00. That was the best 8 minutes of my life! Ben and I watched Captain Ron tonight.

3.2.17 Today we hung out on the boat. Ben went ashore and filled up some water cans. They have a free water spigot here. They ask that you don’t take more than you need and give a small donation to the little box on the trash trailer. It’s the same with garbage. We met Ian from a boat named Stormy Weather. Our friends from Cream Puff got here today. They have an extra computer cord, so maybe it will work since the new one didn’t. We went to shore for Happy Hour at Scorpios again. We got drinks and burgers. Yummy!

3.3.17 Today we did school and went to shore. We went to Loraines Cafe. I brought the new computer cord from Cream Puff hoping that it would work, unfortunately, it didn’t. I’m guessing that my computer hard drive has given out. <Major SAD face!>

We got some chicken wings, french fries, and some Sands Pink Grapefruit beer. That beer, it’s not anything like you would think a beer would taste. It’s so good, I wish I could pack the whole boat with it to bring it home. After lunch we got some ice cream then went back to the boat. There is a very strong cold front coming in tonight so we’ll probably be stuck on the boat for a few days.

3.4.17 Today’s MY Birthday! For breakfast, I made pancakes, YUM! Ben and Molly gave me presents. They made me some fun coupons. I love them, they’re so cute! Also, Ben did dishes for me ALL day!

The wind came in last night, so we had to stay on the boat. We had a very lazy boat day. It’s a very persistent 35+ knot wind. For dinner I made cheesy broccoli soup with rice. Then I made an apple cobbler for dessert. We watched a family movie, Monsters Inc. tonight too.

I had such a great birthday, considering we were stuck on the boat all day.

3.5.17 Day two on the boat and another lazy boat day with persistent 35+ knot winds. Ben edited video, Molly played on the iPad and with her legos, I read my book, and organized the can cabinet. Ben and I watched the first half of the 3rd Lord of the Rings tonight.

3.6.17 Day three of persistent winds. Hopefully we can work our way off the boat today. We’re going to do some school and Ben is going to edit some more video.

I was going crazy on the boat, so I talked Ben into going to shore. We went to the East side of the island and went to see the blow hole. It was amazing! The wind was blowing the waves against the rock with such force that they were splashing high over our heads. After seeing the blow hole, we went to get pizza and beers at Deshamons. That pizza is out of this world!

3.7.17 Today we went ashore and walked to the castle. It was a very long and hot walk, but it was totally worth it! At first, we were sad when we got up to the driveway, because it said private property, and we couldn’t go up to see it. Just as we were about to walk away, the owners rode up on a golf cart. They said we could take a walk around and look at the grounds! It was so impressive. They live in this castle that they built here on the island because, well they like castles!

After our walk, we met Kim and Mack on a boat named Peace and Quite. They are a wonderful couple from Canada. We look forward to spending more time with them. They invited us over to their boat tomorrow afternoon.

3.8.17 Today we went to town and had lunch. We also got some homemade bread from one of the ladies on the island. We were told that this is some of the best coconut bread around, and I have to agree. I don’t normally like coconut, and this bread was amazing! We also go a cinnamon and raisin bread, which was also fantastic!

After that we went over to Peace and Quiet to visit with Kim and Mack. They have a TON of digital movies on a hard drive, so we swapped movies with them. We hung out on the boat chatting with them for a while. We had a great time getting to know them and really we enjoy their company! Kim and Molly played Dominos and took funny photos with her phone. She made the most delicious coffee cake as well.

3.9.17 Nothing worth noting happened today, we just hung out on the boat and did lazy boat stuff.

I.e: Ben edited video, I read, and Molly played Legos. We may have done some school too.

3.10.17 Today is Ben’s BIRTHDAY!!

This morning Molly and I got up and made Ben coffee and birthday cards. Then, we went to town to do a load of laundry and we took showers. I am absolutely in love with the showers here at Black Point. You put the little tokens into this machine and the water turns on. It gives you 8 minutes, after that, the water shuts off. That 8 minutes goes by really fast. I like to hurry through my washing so I can just stand there and enjoy the hot water for the rest of my time.I have really missed taking a real shower since we left the states. We also got 3 more loaves of bread. Man, that stuff is good. We went back to the boat for a while then went back to town for dinner and happy hour at Scorpios. We had a great time and chatted with all the other cruisers hanging out. Molly orchestrated a singing of Happy Birthday while Ben was inside getting drinks. Ben and I watched a movie before bed.

These are the showers at the laundromat.

3.11.17 Ben went spear fishing today with some guys we met last night at Happy Hour. He caught lobsters and a fish. He gave the lobsters to the guys. Somehow he lost his pole spear, it just vanished into thin air. We looked all under the boat, and went back to where they were fishing trying to see if we could find it on the bottom of the bay. No luck. He’s so sad.

Molly shows us how adorable she is.

Beautiful sunset over the water.

3.12.17 Ben went spear fishing again with the guys today, they let him borrow one of their extra spears. They went fishing on the east side of the island today on the big rocks off shore. He caught a good size fish. Molly and I hung out on the beach while they went fishing. Ben found me this beautiful shell while he was fishing. He put it in his wetsuit so he wouldn’t lose it. He said that while fishing he thought he felt something tickle his leg, but thought it was just water swishing around him. Come to find out that was not the case, there was something actually living inside of it and it came out of its shell to find itself pressed against a human leg. When Ben got it back to the boat, we left it on deck to dry and it had moved when we went back out to get it. I had no idea there was something in it. I was so sad, because it was such a beautiful shell. I didn’t want to kill the poor creature, so we threw it back.

3.13.17 Baila got here today! We were so excited to see them! Molly and Avery were so happy to see each other, we haven’t seen them since Lake Boca on the ICW. We hung out with them and the family on SV Robin. We had a great dinner and enjoyed spending time together. The kids watched a movie and played, while the adults chatted in the cockpit.

Tomorrow we will be moving South again.

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Posted by on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, YouTube Videos | 1 comment

Feeding Wild Iguanas At Bitter Guana

Watch Video 42 here!

Bitter Guana Cay is right around the corner from Staniel Cay, there’s wild iguanas that live on the island and it is a secluded and interesting place. It was only a 1-day stop for us, but we certainly enjoyed the experience.

We had to battle our way into the anchorage, with a very strong Easterly blasting us the whole way. Once we arrived, we were nicely sheltered by the tall limestone cliffs lining the edges of the anchorage. The sand was soft and white, and the holding was excellent.

I always wonder how these islands got their names, and this one, is actually pretty obvious once you set foot on the island. These iguanas actually are bitter. It’s not apparent why they have such a bad attitude towards each other, but they do.

They’ll fight, hiss, huff and puff at each other for hours. Luckily, they don’t share the same distaste for visitors, like us, who shower them with treats… or at least try to. They didn’t seem overly enthused about our cantaloupe rinds, but they did like the squishier pieces.

-Ben

2.27.17 Today before we left Staniel Cay, we went to the store one last time to get some provisions. After that we left for Bitter Guana Cay. It was a lovely day, we went to shore and played with the iguanas, Ben and Molly went swimming, and we hung out on the boat. We’re headed to Blackpoint tomorrow. Where we hear that there are showers and a laundry facility!!

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Posted by on Monday, February 5, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 2 comments

Staniel Cay, Thunderball Grotto, and Swimming Pigs

Watch Video 41 here! 

In this vlog, we’ll swim at Thunderball Grotto then sail to Big Major’s Spot to see the famous swimming pigs.

I feel like this could be one of our best videos yet. I feel that way, I suppose, because it took be days to edit this thing. We had so much footage from the Big Majors / Staniel Cay area, and we also had a ton of fun while we were there, so I hope that results in a a great video.

Staniel Cay is just great. The cell service is good, they have food, fuel, water, groceries, and just about anything else you could need. It’s a neat island, and the people are just wonderful. Plus, they have Thunderball Grotto – that’s the cool cave that was used in one of the James Bond films… but I can’t recall which film. Oh well…

Right next to Staniel, you have Big Major’s Spot. I like to call that one Pork Island, that’s where you can find the “Swimming Pigs” – although, none of them were actually swimming while we were there – they’ve lost their desire to swim since everyone hand-delivers grub directly to their waiting and overflowing slop tub.

It’s a pretty sterile tourist stop at this point, with 50+ boats anchored off shore while even MORE tour boats ferry in hundreds of paying tourists from Nassau and Georgetown… STILL it’s worth the stop of you’re in the area just for the novelty of the situation, and we did have fun while we were there.

-Ben

2.18.17 Today we cleaned out the composting toilet. Yuck. Then we left Compass Cay for Staniel Cay.

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We will stay here in Staniel for a few days. We’re going to see Thunderball Grotto, Pig Beach, and explore the town. We need to do some grocery shopping, and to get some fuel and water as well.

After we got anchored and settled in, we went over to Staniel. They have an awesome dinghy landing. We walked to the blue grocery store and then to the pink store to see what they had. We got some things at both stores. We were walking back to town and were looking for the scuba shop to find that it’s been closed. We found Canadian Paul, his friend Leanne, and Jerome from Gamma Gamma in the the Staniel Cay Yacht Club Restaurant. We sat down and chatted for a while. We saw some nurse sharks and sting rays by the marina then went back to the boat.

2.19.17 This morning we got up and went to Thunderball Grotto. It was super cool! We had lunch onboard then we went to town to get the propane tank filled and they were closed. We’ll go back later. We went back to the pink store and got some more groceries. Ben and I watched the first Lord of the Rings.

2.20.17 Today we moved over to Big Majors Spot to hide from some wind coming in. We anchored right next to pig beach!

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We went to see the cute little pigs. It was fun, but they were not quite what we expected. There we so many power boats loaded with people wanting to see the pigs. They barely got in the water because they were being fed from a giant slop bucket. In fact, just weeks before we got there, several of the pigs had died because they got sick somehow. After we hung out with the pigs, we went snorkeling. Ben speared two fish for dinner.

2.21.17 Today we moved over to the other side of Big Majors spot for the switching winds. We didn’t like it over there, so we moved back to Thunderball Grotto.

2.22.17 We had a lazy day and night on the boat today. We did some school and Ben did some video editing. There is a lot of wind coming in tonight.

2.23.17 We had some CRAZY wind last night! We didn’t sleep much at all. We stayed on the boat today and did some school.

2.24.17 Today we woke up and did some school. Then we went to lunch at the Staniel Yacht Club. It was very good! We took my computer hoping that it would work, but sadly it didn’t. We started the second Lord of the Rings tonight, Ben was falling asleep so we couldn’t finish it.

2.25.17 This morning we dropped off the propane tank to be filled, we have to pick it up later this afternoon. We came back to the boat, Ben got fuel and water in the jerry cans. We went swimming and snorkeling at Thunderball Grotto again, after lunch. We came back to the boat and showered off. Then we went back to the general store to get our tank and some fresh produce. We got some Bananas, cheese, limes, cantaloupe and tomato.  It was all very fresh and wonderful! After the general store, we went to the blue store and got some other groceries. And Ice Cream! Delicious! Ben and I made some Bahama Mama’s and finished the second Lord of the Rings.

2.26.17 Today we went snorkeling around the islands near Thunderball Grotto. Tomorrow we will be moving to Bitter Guana.

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