Spelunking The Hatchet Bay Caves
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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.
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.