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March 07, 2004

The Exumas and then to Nassau

March 7, 2004
Wow, it has been another long period without an update to the log. I must really be retired and on Island Time! When we last left you, your intrepid heroes were at Spanish Wells and were headed down the west side of Eleuthera, etc. Well, that’s what we did with a “drive by” look at the Glass Window, and overnight stops in Alabaster Bay, Governors Harbor, and Rock Sound. All are very nice small Bahamian “settlements” although Governors Harbor was the first “capital” of the Bahamas.
We then went into the Cape Eleuthera Marina to get water and diesel and to stage for the crossing to the Exumas, which we made on February 28th with 15-20 knot winds behind us providing an exhilarating down wind sail. We decided to head for Warderick Wells and the Exuma Park headquarters and were nicely anchored by Emerald Rock in the Park by early afternoon.
We spent the next six days at the Park and volunteered work several days. Throughout this time, the wind remained strong so it was difficult to snorkel but we did manage several nice “drifts” over some of the nearby reefs. As always the other boaters at the Park were friendly and we saw old friends from last year and made many new friends. Ranger Ray and the park staff invited us to dinner one night and it was god to see them again too.
By this time, the return to the US on 3/8 was getting close so we moved north towards Nassau on the 5th to Shroud Cay and stayed two nights while we explored the area by dinghy and got in some more snorkeling. Today we made the 40-mile jump to Coral Harbor on the Southwest side of Nassau and are now tied up at the dock of Carol and Nick Wardel. These folks take in boaters like us and charge far less than the marinas and provide all the services including a lift to the airport and pick up on return! We will spend the next week or two at my stepmother Ruth’s house while we take care of doctor’s appointments and the annual Fresh Creek Technologies stockholders meeting.

Posted by Dick at 06:29 PM