Rock Sound, Eleuthera, fun!
Sailing Totem and Sandflea crews unite to explore spider caves and ocean holes in Rock Sounds, Eleuthera.
The words “spider hole” does not typically describe a place that I would want to visit. However, if you get the chance, I highly recommend that you take the time to visit the local cave called The Spider Hole if you are in Rock Sound, Eleuthera – it’s actually quite lovely!
Also in Rock Sound is a wonderful Ocean Hole. Yes, I know – this Rock Sound place has many holes. Tis true, yes, it’s very… porous… and while there, at Rock Sound, we took it upon ourselves to explore them… the holes.
The Ocean Hole is a great place to swim. The water is a little warmer than the ocean water, so we found it to be very comfortable. There are also hundreds of fish that linger around the swimming area. They’re all very friendly and eager to eat any bits of snack food that may fall into the water.
So in this post we swim, we hike, we explore, and we have a fun time hanging out with our friends on 3 other sailboats – Totem, Benediction, and Liahona.
4.27.17 Tonight we had sundowners on Totem. We had a great time getting to know several families and cruisers anchored here in Rocksound. When we got back to the boat, Ben and I watched a movie.
4.28.17 Today we hung out on Totem for Mairen’s Birthday! We had such a great time! Molly and Ben swam with the kids and they made a cool fender swing.
4.29.17 Today we went to the ocean hole with Totem and 3 other boats. This beautiful Ocean Hole is said to be 600 feet deep!
Here is a paragraph written on the Official Site of the Bahamas website about the Ocean Hole: “This world-renowned blue hole, an inland ocean/swimming hole, is located on the southern edge of Rock Sound. People often drink and bathe in its brackish water, rumored to have healing powers. A seemingly bottomless natural limestone formation, it is said to have been explored by Jacques Cousteau. Ocean Hole is filled with tropical fish and turtles who will sidle up and greet visitors. The fish that live in Ocean Hole were caught and put there by local residents. There is no fishing allowed, but you can swim and feed the fishes. You can also see a variety of local bird species nesting in the hardwood trees.”
We had such a great time! Ben and I jumped in off the high cliff. Molly jumped in a lot. She is getting so brave! She had a great time with the kids! It was a wonderful day swimming and hanging out with everyone.
4.30.17 Today was another great day! Molly and I worked on making bracelets today. We went to lunch with Keith at a local ladies house. She had cooked peas and rice, stewed cabbage, ribs, bbq chicken, and cabbage slaw. It was so delicious! Then Keith drove us all over the island, all the way up to Governors Harbour. We went to French Leave Beach and got pink sand! Keith is such a great guy and we had a really good time hanging out with him and getting to know him.
5.1.17 Today was a lazy day on the boat. We did some school and just hung out. Molly and I finished our bracelets today.
5.2.17 Today we worked on Molly’s school work. Then we went to the grocery store and the hardware store to drop off our propane tank. Keith the AMAZING, paid for our groceries! What a great guy! He also got us a carton of ice cream! It was so much ice cream, we had a hard time eating all of it! We had pizza for dinner. This is the first homemade boat pizza. We were so hungry, I forgot to take a photo of our pizza! After dinner we went over to Totem. Behan is back from the boat show. We had such a great time! I asked her to sign my “Sailing with Kids” book. We really enjoyed our time with them. We also met Tom on SV Benediction, and the wonderful family on SV Liahona.
5.3.17 We did school again today. After lunch we went to the Spider Caves and the Boiling Hole with the Totem crew and Liahona Crew. It was a super cool cave! After that we hung out at The Blue Seahorse for a bit. We got back to the boat and Cynthia on Liahona gave us a bunch of coconut oil! Just in time too, because I just ran out. Behan on Totem gave us scoby to start making kombucha. She’s had her scoby for 5 years and got it in Australia! Behan and her family are leaving tomorrow.
5.4.17 Ben took the diggy down to the Airport to go to the immigrations office to renew our visas. He couldn’t do it because we all had to be there. We went to the grocery store today and we picked up our propane tank from the hardware store. Molly really enjoys jumping in off the boat.
5.5.17 We went down to the Blue Seahorse to use their internet today. We saw Cynthia, Johnny and Sara from Liahona there and they invited us over for sundowners tonight. Molly and Sara painted sand dollars with the girls at the Blue Seahorse today. Molly helped ben cut his hair. Ha!
5.6.17 We didn’t sleep very well last night. There was a lot of wind, a big wind shift, and a lot of rain. We woke up very late today. We went to lunch with Keith. It was really yummy! He invited us out again tomorrow. He also got us our first Bahamian coconut! There was such a beautiful sunset tonight!
5.7.17 Keith picked us up today and we went to Siblene and Ronalds house again. The food was so good, and so was the company! We met Keith’s sister and a lot of other great people. We also met a man named Laish Boyd and his lovely wife. He is the Bishop of the Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos. We really enjoyed getting to know Keith. We hope to be able to keep in touch with him and to be able to see him again.
5.8.17 to 5.11.17
These 4 days are all smashed together. We went to the laundromat to do our laundry, we did some school work, and we were pretty lazy just hanging out on the boat. Also, I was not feeling well. We met a lovely couple on another boat anchored nearby. They invited us to go swimming with them at the Ocean Hole, but since I wasn’t feeling too well, I stayed behind and Ben and Molly went with them. They had a good time. Ben also copied the fender swing Jamie on Totem made and made Molly her very own boom swing. She really loved that!
Photos Molly took while we were at the laundromat.
5.12.17 I was feeling a bit better today, so we decided to get off the boat for a bit. We went to the grocery store. At the grocery store we got cupcakes (Yippie!), asparagus, and stuff to make pizza again for dinner. Ben made some tea, and he made a nice little home for his scoby. Blowing the conch horn at sunset has quickly become one of Molly’s favorite things. It was another beautiful sunset, which, there is never a shortage of here in Rock Sound. We had a great day. Ben and I watched a movie tonight.
5.13.17 Keith picked us up for breakfast today. We went back to Barbies, where we had lunch once before. After that we went to a store, where I found some things I needed for Molly’s school.
Keith was telling us about a boat from Haiti that landed on the Southeast side of the island today. His sister is head of the immigration office for this area, so she had to go try and round up all the people that got off the boat. On our way through town, a lady asked us for a ride. After talking to her, Keith picked up that she was acting like one of the immigrants that came in off the boat. He called his sister and we told her we would give her a ride. We flagged down a police officer and handed her over. She really freaked out when Keith mentioned that he was going to take us back to our boat! It was a really crazy situation!
Tonight, Keith picked us up and we went to Tarpum Bay for Dinner. We had yummy burgers and fries. It was great spending more time with him!
5.14.17 It’s MOTHER’S Day! Today we hung out on the boat. I felt stressed and grumpy today, not how I wanted to feel for Mothers Day. Molly made me a really cute card. We watched Tangled as a family movie. Even though I wasn’t feeling top notch, it still turned out to be a pretty good day. This is the ONLY photo that was taken today! Haha! As you can see, Molly has her baby just “hanging out” back there behind me.
5.15.17 We are behind in school work, so we worked on that some today to try and get caught up. Keith brought us lunch and we ate it at the gazebo by the church. It was yummy turkey wraps. He told us that the lady we picked up on Saturday was actually legal and she has been here a while. He said she was pretending to be new to scope out the scene for others who most likely just arrived or will soon be arriving. She will send the information back to the people back home before they come.
We also went to the Blue Seahorse for internet. There was SO much rain today! We thought it had finally decided to stop, but we got caught in a huge downpour on our way back to the boat from the Blue Seahorse.
We’re sad to say we have to leave Rock Sound tomorrow. It’s been a great couple of weeks, but we must move on. Keith said he will drive up to Governors Harbour when we are there to hang out some more!
5.16.17 Video 54 Begins in Rock Sound and Ends with us sailing to Ten Bay Beach. I’ll include that sail in the next blog post.