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Wednesday July 23rd
In Port - Hawks Nest Resort & Marina
Hawks Nest Resort & Marina
Elder on a Horse
Smith's Bay Supply Boat
Ellen Straw Shop
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
In Port - Hawks Nest Resort & Marina - Cat Island, Bahamas - 800-688-4752 - http://www.hawks-nest.com/default.asp .. Harbormaster - Jerry .. FUEL - Gasoline $6.90 and Diesel $8.00 .. UUFDAA !! ..
.. a local Fisherman affectingly described the Hawk's Nest area as 'Hawk's Nest is a drinking place with a fishing problem' .. and they are very tightlipped about how good the fishing is so the word does NOT get out .. the only Internet Service at this end of the Island is about a 10 minute Bike ride from the Marina at the Lobby of the Marina's Restaurant and Bar .. the Bar is a 'self serve Bar' so an ideal spot to get on the Web is right at the Bar ..
.. after a visit to the Internet Cafe I got the Rental Car and we headed out by Auto ( Jeep ) at about 08:30 am .. the first four miles is a gravel road that is very rough .. even the paved road Kings Highway is rough and full of Potholes .. Mary Kay said that she will never complain about roads around Eau Claire Wisconsin ever again .. Cat Island is 48 miles long and about 1 mile ( plus and minus ) wide with one Road from one end to the other .. we checked out Devil Point that is near the area that we had the Dinghy yesterday .. from there we drove to Dolphin Head and Columbus Point where it is alleged that Columbus first landed in 1492 .. when we were there an Elder on a Horse ( see photos ) came by to soak his feet in the salty Sea Waters .. we then drove thru the New Bight area as that is the area that we will be close to in a couple of days when we are on the Hook .. we stopped at Smith's Bay where we saw the Supply Boat ( see photos ) being unloaded .. we then drove to the North end of the Island until the paved road turned into gravel and then into loose sand .. at that time we turned around and headed back ..on our way South we stopped at Arthur's Point ( see photos ) the birthplace of Sidney Poitier an academy award winning actor and Bahamian Ambassador .. we also made stops at the Straw Shop at Stephenson where Betty got a hat and doll from Ellen ( see photos ) and we stopped at The Bat Cave but we did not see any Bats .. there are numerous Caves on Cat Island .. we stopped at Fernandez Bay for lunch ( see photos ) .. not only did we have a wonderful lunch but we also found a great Resort a hidden jewel .. at New Bight we did stop at one of the Churches that Father Jerome ( The Hermitage ) built .. ie Holy Redeemer Catholic Church ( see photos ) .. also at New Bight we stopped at Blue Bird that is located very close to where we will be on the Hook to line up a ride to the base of The Hermitage later in the week .. from there we drove back to the Marina where we found both Boats without power .. apparently their was an accident on the Island causing the power outage so we started our up our Generators .. we have NOT hat hardly a drop of rain but just when Betty and Mary Kay headed out for a nearby Beach by foot we got dumped on and they came flying back to the Boats .. and Cat Island got some very badly needed rain and our Boats got some of the SALT rinsed off .. just after the rain Reverend Johnson came by with fresh vegetables for sale out of his truck .. both Betty and Mary Kay took advantage of his service .. after dinner Betty, John and I again went to the local Internet Cafe to update the Log and check our E-mail .. on our return trip to the Boats it was so dark ( ie no Moon ) that we could not see the Bike Path so we had to walk our Bikes  .. but the Sky was brilliant !!! .. the Stars filled the skies .. truly a were Starlit Sky ..
Thursday July 24th
In Port - Hawks Nest Resort & Marina
waters even more dramatic
The 'spoiled' Shellers
In Port - Hawks Nest Resort & Marina - Cat Island, Bahamas - 800-688-4752 - http://www.hawks-nest.com/default.asp .. Harbormaster - Jerry ..
.. this morning Jo the Fisherman that I have met at the Internet Cafe told me to get the Weather Report for this area they go to Weather Underground and type in 'the bight' ..
.. anyway today looks like a great day and we will be doing some more exploring of the area by Dinghy .. ie Shelling .. after filling up the Fuel Tank on the Jeep and turning it into the Marina we took the Dinghy out .. there is a Creek lined with Mangroves that is right outside the Entrance to the Marina .. we headed up the Mangroves Creek as far as we could go ( see photos ) .. just before we turned around we saw a Nurse Shark in the shallow waters .. on our way back I heard an announcement over the Marine Radio that the Electrical Power in the Marina would be shut down for some repairs so we headed back to the Marina to start up our Generators .. we then headed out to a number of Beaches .. after last nights rain the skies seam to be deeper blue and thus the waters even more dramatic than ever .. ie a good photo day ( see photos ) .. The Shellers ( spoiled Shellers ) ( see photos ) did find a number of treasures .. Mary Kay even had us drag back an 80 pounder  ( see photos ) .. if it was a fish we could eat it but now it is just 'ballast' for Root Beer Float ..
.. once back to the Marina we hoisted Lil Dee up to the Bow of Dee Light and filled up our Fuel Container with fuel so we are all set for the next trip out ( tomorrow ) ..
.. before heading to the Internet Cafe we had dinner aboard Root Beer Float ..
Friday July 25th
Travel - Hawks Nest Marina to The Bight
The Hermitage
The Hermitage
 
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Travel - Hawks Marina to The Bight - 6 Nautical Miles ..
.. both Betty and Mary Kay were busy this morning cleaning their treasures ( Photo D ) from yesterday and getting them off the Dock and tucked safely away on the Boats ..
.. the Entrance to the Hawk's Nest Marina is a narrow and shallow ( at Low Tide ) Channel that is cut thru the Coral .. Low Tide this morning was at about 08:00 am .. so before heading out we waited for the Tide to get up to a safe level for our five foot drafts .. we headed out for The Bight at 11:00 am .. the short cruise was great and by 12:30 pm we had the Hook set for the next two days .. it was WINDY but we went in towards Shore to where the waves were not too bad .. we splashed Lil Dee and after getting settled we picked up John and Mary Kay and headed for The Bight .. we talked to the Owner of Blue Bird Restaurant .. she said that she was NOT cooking tonight so we placed our dinner order for tomorrow and she said that she will drive us to the base of the The Hermitage hill in the morning .. the best spot that I found to take a photo of The Hermitage from a distance was in the backyard of the Bread Lady .. Betty and Mary Kay bought bread while I set up and they promised her a copy of the photo that I end up with .. I tried to get a photo with my Telephoto Lens but the rain moved in along with about 20 locals that proceeded to clime all over The Hermitage ( Photo D ) disgraceful !! .. but at least I got a test shot for later .. later the Sun popped out so John and I headed back in and got some better photos with Telephoto Lens ( Photo D ) ..
.. after a 'leftovers' dinner aboard our Boats we took Autumn for a Dinghy ride and a trip ashore .. it was a great sunset ..
Saturday July 26th
Hook - The Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas ..
Stations of the Cross
The Hermitage - Exterior
The Hermitage - Interior
BlueBird for dinner
Hook - The Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas ...
.. after breakfast and taking Autumn in to Shore we picked up John and Mary Kay and headed in to The Bight to explore The Hermitage .. by the time that we made it to shore Grace the Owner of the BlueBird Cafe ( Grace's brother Jerry gave us a ride last year ) was waiting for us at the Government Dock .. she us a ride up to the base of Como Hill .. just as we were starting our climb up the rugged hillside we were met by Goats .. it was evident that the Goats had made their way up Como Hill many times and that they were very well fed ..
The Hermitage
Father Jerome's The Hermitage is located East of New Bight on the top of Como Hill .. The summit of Como Hill is the highest point ( 206 feet ) in the Bahamas .. as you clime up the Hill you come across Stations of the Cross that lead you to the Chapel, Bell Tower, Personal Living Quarters and Grave of Father Jerome .. he built The Hermitage at age 62 and lived there until his death at age 80 plus in the 1950's .. just Northwest of The Hermitage lies the Cave in which he lived while constructing his home ..
.. the 360 degree views from The Hermitage is breathtaking and well worth the trip ..
.. as we headed up the Hill we passed the Stations of the Cross ( Photo E ) .. each carved out in the stone .. according to the Guest Book ( Photo F ) about 40 people visit The Hermitage each day .. Northwest of The Hermitage we found the Cave ( Photo F ) that Father Jerome lived in when he was building The Hermitage .. it turned out to be a great photo day as the sun came out before we got there and tucked under the clouds right after we left .. before heading back to the Boats we stopped in at BlueBird and had a good COLD drink and just before we headed back Betty and Mary Kay made another visit to the Bread Lady ( Olive ) for some additional supplies .. a rain cloud started to head our way just as we were heading back to the Boats ..
.. Autumn took the four of us for a Dinghy ride .. she loves to flop her Ears in the breeze .. at about 06:00 pm we picked up John and Mary Kay and headed back to shore for dinner at the BlueBird Cafe ( Photo G ) .. and what a GREAT dinner it was and after we returned to the Boats what a great Sunset !! ( Photo G ) ..
NOTE - when we were on the Hook we did not have an Internet Connection to update our Log or check our E-mail ..
Sunday July 27th
Travel - Cat Island to Cape Eleuthera
Sunrise and Root Beer Float
Cape Eleuthera Marina
Travel - Cat Island to Cape Eleuthera Marina - 65 Nautical Miles ..
.. after taking Autumn ashore we hoisted Lil Dee on the Bow of Dee Light and at 06:45 am we headed out for Cape Eleuthera with the Sunrise and Root Beer Float right behind us ( Photo G ) .. the Seas were not flat but they were close .. we saw a Carnival Cruise Ship on the Hook on the West Side of Little San Salvador Island .. they have a designated Anchorage and Beach for their guests .. we had a great day on the water and even Autumn had to take her turn at the Wheel .. the Harbormaster at Cape Eleuthera and her Assistant met us at the Dock .. they had us all tied off at by 11:15 am .. the Generators gave out a sigh of relief when we hooked up the Shore Power .. after we got settled in John and I walked to the Marina Office to check in and to get online .. ie the only Internet Connection at the Marina is at the Marina Office .. Betty joined us for a few minutes and Mary Kay headed to the Beaches to do, yup some shelling .. before we headed back to the Boats ( a LONG walk ) the rains came down and did they come .. the Bahamas have not had any rains for Months but they got RAIN today .. we do not have any salt on either Dee Light or Lil Dee .. after the rain I cleaned up Lil Dee and splashed it .. later we had an Italian dinner aboard Dee Light .. right after dinner The Shellers walked the Beach in search of YUP more treasures ..
Monday July 28th
In Port - Cape Eleuthera
  
Cape Eleuthera Marina Office
Conch Shell Riprap
Conch Shell Beach
In Port - Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club, Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas - 242-334-8500 - General Manager - Steve Kappeler .. www.capeeleuthera.com  .. Cape Eleuthera is has new owners and is in the process of being rebuilt .. when I talked with the General Manager ( Stephen Kappeler ) he said that they have invested over a million dollars since we were here last year and it shows .. the Marina is all but done and the Resort that stretches around much of the Marina just has to be trimmed out with additional landscaping etc .. the only Internet Service here inside the Marina Office ( 08:00 am to 04:30 pm ) .. I have to unplug the Ethernet Cable to their Computer and plug in my Laptop thus a bit inconvenient .. but I did just that again this morning .. the Laundry Room at the Marina is in the back of the Marina Office ( Photo G ) so Betty did E-mail and Laundry at the same time ..
.. we took the Dinghy out to explore the area and sure enough we ended up at a Beach again .. but before the Beach we headed South to what appears to be an old Marina Entrance and Basin that now looks like it will be part of the Cape Eleuthera development .. from there we headed North well past the Cape Eleuthera Marina to a Conch Shell Beach and The Shellers ( Photo H ) all but jumped out of the Dinghy .. there are so many Conch Shells in this area that they are using them as Conch Shell Riprap ( Photo H ) along the Shore Lines .. some of the piles of Conch are 11 to 12 feet high and much of the Conch has been there for a number of years .. but the pile of Conch where we beached Lil Dee was really ripe .. the Bahaman Electrical Power Company of the Island is at the far end of the Island so when ever the Power Lines get worked on this end of the Island is without Power and that was the case for much of the day .. when we were on Cat Island and now at Eleuthera Island there has been smoke in the air from fires burning garbage .. at first I just thought that it was a once a week thing but it seams like it is a daily thing ..
.. the only Restaurant in the area is a small Tiki type bar along the Beach .. but it is closed on Sunday and Mondays so we had dinner aboard Root Beer Float .. after dinner Betty took a short walk on the Beach and John and I copied all the Waypoints for tomorrows cruise from my Navigation Laptop to his Laptop ..
Tuesday July 29th
Travel - Cape Eleuthera to Spanish Wells
Current Cut
going thru Current Cut
Spanish Wells Warf
a 'working' community
Travel - Cape Eleuthera to Spanish Wells .. 63 Nautical Miles ..
.. I had sent an E-mail to Spanish Well and found out that their Fuel Prices are higher than here at Cape Eleuthera so Root Beer Float was at the Fuel Dock before they opened up at 08:00 am .. right after Root Beer Float was fueled up and checked out we headed out of the Marina for Spanish Wells .. ie about 09:00 am .. the winds were down and our Seas were only about 2 to 4s for the entire trip .. as we approached Current Cut we cut back to about 10 knots .. Current Cut ( Photo I ) is a narrow Cut between two long skinny Islands that with the swift Title Current that runs thru the Cut can be a real navigation challenge .. just as we were slowing down and approaching the ROCKS outside of the Current Cut an Alarm went off .. it was the Engine Room Temperature Alarm on the Starboard Side .. ???? .. I went to the Engine Room and checked everything out that I could and elected to do the Current Cut with the Alarm blaring and deal with the Alarm after the Cut .. Betty took my Nikon and went out to take photos .. ie she got away from the noise .. at about 01:00 pm we threaded both of the Boats thru the 'skinny' Current Cut ( Photo I ) and started the last leg of the trip to Spanish Wells ( Photo J ) .. once we were thru the Cut I went into the Engine Room and all looked ok .. ?? .. I hated to do it but I deactivated the Alarm for the balance of the trip .. after the Cut we had all by flat Seas and we had both Boats secured at the Spanish Wells Yacht Haven ( Photo J ) by 02:15 pm .. when we went to check in at the Marina Office Ole Pot ( Pilot ) was there so I got him set up to guide us thru the Devils Backbone on Thursday .. I was also able to contact Valentine's Resort & Marina to confirm our Temporary Dockage Reservation ..
.. Spanish Wells is a 'working' community with many services to the Marine Industry .. later Ole Pot ( Pilot ) stopped by the Boats with Jonny Cakes and loves of Bread that his wife had baked .. this is a tradition that when you use the services of a local Pilot they give you loves of Bread .. after cleaning up we took a leisure walk down the Warf and thru the Main Harbour to the Anchor Snack Bar ( Photo J ) at the end of the Warf .. our dinners were great and yes they even had Ice Cream for desert .. on our way back to the Marina the Gals were in haven .. we walked close to the Beach and a number of Shops .. good thing that it was late enough that most of them were closed for the day ..
Wednesday July 30th
In Port - Spanish Wells Yacht Haven
Sunrise at Spanish Wells
Lobster Boats heading out
Lobster Season
In Port - Spanish Wells Yacht Haven .. Harbour Master - Leroy ..
.. we enjoyed watching the Sunrise at Spanish Wells .. here when the Sun comes up the working community comes to life ( Photo K ) .. when the Marina woke up at 08:00 am we rented a Golf Cart from the Marina and explored the Island by Golf Cart but before we could do that Betty and Mary Kay ended up taking the Golf Cart to the Beach and to the Grocery Store .. it RAINED here today .. this is the first time that we have had a good rain in a long time .. in the afternoon we took a Golf Cart tour of the two Islands .. at the West end of Spanish Wells is a very narrow Bridge to Russell Island .. many of the people that work at Spanish Wells live on Russell Island .. ie a 'Bedroom Island' ..
.. with Lobster Season starting on August 1st ( Photo L ) there has been much activity in the Spanish Wells Harbour ( Photo K ) .. most all of the Boats here are Lobster Fishing Boats and today the Lobster Boats started to head out to get positioned for Opening Day .. we have had a parade of Boats heading out all day .. the excitement in the air was much like the Opening Weekend of Deer Hunting Season back in Wisconsin ..
.. we ended up having dinner at The Gap and yup we had Ice Cream at a house Ice Cream Parlor called Papa's Scoops ( Photo L ) ..
Thursday July 31st
Travel - Spanish Wells to Harbour Island
Ole Pot our Pilot
Our Pilot - Ole Pot
Devils Backbone
Pink Sand Beach
Sunset at Harbour Island
Travel - Spanish Wells to Harbour Island .. 11 Nautical Miles
 .. when we headed up to the Marina Office at 08:00 am Ole Pot was there waiting for us .. the Route to Harbour Island is thru an area called 'the Devils Backbone .. the Devils Backbone is a narrow Waterway that is VERY difficult to navigate thru thus MOST everyone that goes to Harbour Island uses the services of a local Pilot .. thus we engaged Ole Pot ( Photo L ) .. even the most seasoned Boat Captains will not try the Devils Backbone ( Photo M ) on their own .. yes there are some that have tried it without a Pilot and in a few cases they have made it but most of those that have tried it on their own have ended up being the ones that the locals talk about .. if they are lucky they end up back at Spanish Wells Boat Yard for repairs ..
.. we suggested that since we have experienced the Devils Backbone once before that Ole Pot ( Photo L ) should Pilot Root Beer Float and that we will follow .. I have our route for today laid out on my Chart Plotter .. ie 10.8 miles and 27 Waypoints ( for reference only ) .. Ole Pot will guide using 'visual' only and will not use any Waypoints .. the Marina Staff was held up from getting to work because the Ferry from the other Island was late .. so the Office Manager said that we did not have to check out and that she would just send an E-mail with our bill .. .. once Root Beer Float pulled out of their Slip ( 08:15 am ) Ole Pot pulled up behind them and tied off his Skiff and we pulled in right behind them .. as we went thru the Spanish Wells Harbour we past countless empty Slips .. ie with the start of Lobster Season on August 1st most all of the Lobster Boats are now out of the Harbor and off to their number one Lobster spot .. we had a great cruise thru the Devils Backbone ( Photo M ) and were were docked at the Valentines Marina ( Photo N ) by 09:45 am .. the Harbormaster ( Marcus ) helped us get hooked up and said that the cost of the water is $20.00 per day whether we use it or not so we hooked up our Waterlines for the first time in weeks ..
.. we rented a Golf Cart and right after lunch we headed out to do a little exploring .. after going thru the Warf area ( Photo N ) we found the 'Pink Sand Beach' ( Photo N ) after walking on the Beach we just had to stop at the Ice Cream Parlor and then the gals just had to do some shopping at Dilly Dally's ( Photo N ) ..
.. we are unable to pick up the Marinas WI-FI but we are able to tap into one of the other Boaters Hot Spot .. so we spent part of the afternoon updating our Log and catching up with our E-mails ..
.. later we headed out with our Golf Cart for dinner .. we ended up at the Harbor Lounge ( Photo N ) that is located right on the Wharf .. our table was outside on their Front Porch .. we were entertained by a number ( 60 to 80 ) young local kids that were taking advantage of the abnormal High Tide .. they were jumping and or diving off the Government Dock and off the top of a Cargo Vessel that was docked for the night on the Government Dock .. they had a great evening .. just before we headed back to the Ice Cream Parlor we were also treated with a great Sunset ( Photo N ) .. normally the skies in this part of the Bahamas are very clear and the Sunrises - Sunsets are without much color at all .. but the last few days the skies have been smoke from area burning thus the color ..
Friday August 1st
In Port - Valentine's Resort & Marina
Conch Drive Thru
my 'Pink Chairs'
Marina Bar Sunset
In Port - Valentine's Resort & Marina .. Harbormaster ( Marcus ) .. http://valentinesresort.com/ .. Harbour Island, North Eleuthera, Bahamas ..
.. at first light Betty and Mary Kay took the Golf Cart and headed to the Beach and I splashed the Dinghy ..
.. there are many empty Slips here at Valentine's Marina and the 'traffic' on the Island seams to be way down from what we have seen in the past .. last night we asked and found that the 'busy season' ends about at the end of July and that it will not pick back up again until the end of October .. thus this is a great time to be here .. after The Shellers returned from The Pink Beach we took the Dinghy out to explore the waters in the area .. and sure enough the first stop was at another Pink Beach ( Photo N ) where The Shellers disappeared once again .. we did manage to get around the area and ended up stumbling on a huge pile of Conch Shells on a small Island ( Photo O ) .. it was much like a Drive Thru for The Shellers .. as soon as we got back to the Marina The Shellers headed down to The Straw Market .. John and I joined them later .. a little of that 'strawing' goes a long ways .. Betty was hungry so we headed down the Island to the Restaurant Acquapazza ( the home of my 'Pink Chairs' ( Photo O ) .. on our way back we stopped at the Ice Cream Parlor and we drove by the Barber Shop ( Freddie Da Barber Shop ) ( Photo O ) where I had my hair cut last year when we were here .. we paused and had a moment of silence for that most memorable haircut .. after getting back Betty discovered that she had misplaced Mary Kay's Photo Memory Chips so we backtracked all the places that she had been and we were really lucky to find the Chips at the Restaurant .. both Betty and Mary Kay were really happy .. later as the Sun was setting ( Photo O ) we went up to the Marina Bar for a drink and to settle down Betty's nerves ..
.. looking ahead at the weather we decided to head out of Harbour Island on Sunday instead of Monday ..
Saturday August 2nd
Bahamian Holiday Weekend
In Port - Valentine's Resort & Marina
Government Dock Harbour Island
Ice Cream Parlor
 
In Port - Valentine's Resort & Marina .. Harbormaster ( Marcus ) .. http://valentinesresort.com/ .. Harbour Island, North Eleuthera, Bahamas ..
..  The Shellers decided that they did NOT want to do the Beach this morning .. can you believe that ?? .. today was laundry, dishwashing, Autumn's bath day, grocery shopping day  etc .. when Betty and John were at the local Grocery Store John found some 'treats' in the Bakery Department ( Photo O ) that were really yummy !! ..
.. we took the Golf Cart to Sip Sip for lunch ( Photo O ) and ( Photo P ) .. after lunch we took the Golf Cart from one end of the Island all the way to the other end .. and before heading back to the Marina we just had to stop at the Ice Cream Parlor ( Photo P ) one more time only to find out that the entire Case was filled with a new shipment of Ice Cream and then on our way to the Boat the Gals spotted one more Shop that they had missed .. UUFDAA !! ..
.. we have trying to get dockage at Highbourne but due to the Bahamian Holiday Weekend they have been booked FULL .. when we got back to the Boats we had some good news .. yup due to two cancelations we got dockage at Highbourne ..
.. after getting Lil Dee hoisted back up onto the Bow of Dee Light and getting 'things' ready to travel tomorrow Betty and I went went up to the Restaurant and Bar at the Marina for a light dinner .. John and Mary Kay were expecting a call ( Skype ) from Ryan so they had dinner on their Boat .. after dinner we took the Golf Cart for one last spin down the Wharf .. we ended up picking up three young boys and giving them a ride to their home just off the Wharf ..
Sunday August 3rd
Bahamian Holiday Weekend
Travel - Harbour Island to Highbourne
Ole Pot
'Devils Backbone'
Ole Pot and Betty
Highbourne FILLED with Boats
Travel - Harbour Island to Highbourne .. 66 Nautical Miles ..
.. we checked the weather right away this morning as there was a 'funny' sky last night .. there is a large Thunderstorm Cell that extends from the Nassau area West to Florida that could have a bearing on our weather .. later it appeared to be mostly North and should have minimal affect on us ..
.. we had told Ole Pot that we would be ready to leave at 08:00 am and sure enough just before 08:00 am he pulled up in his Skiff and was ready to guide us thru the 'Devils Backbone' ( Photo P ) .. since he drove Root Beer Float on the way here we elected to have him join us aboard Dee Light .. we pulled out and he pulled up behind us and boarded Dee Light .. once he had his Skiff tied off Ole Pot joined me on the Bridge .. just as we started to head out John called me on the Marine Radio and said that he was having an issue with his Starboard Engine .. at first it appeared that the linkage to the Throttle was sticking .. it was not long before he was able to loosen it up and get underway .. ( later it sounded like a Synchronizer issue ) once Ole Pot had us thru the Devils Backbone ( Photo P ) Ole Pot took us around Charles Island instead of going thru the Spanish Wells Harbour .. this was the only Route until about 25 years ago when a Guy from New Orleans had the New Cut dredged out at his expense .. it was about 09:00 am when Ole Pot untied his Skiff and was on his way ..
.. we had two footers on our Bow all the way to Current Cut ( Photo P ) .. there was a five and a half knot plus current thru Current Cut .. we slipped thru the Cut by 10:00 am ( Photo Q ) .. after the Cut it was almost due South to Highbourne ( at 10:45 am we went past our Virtual Buoy and it was right on according to the Report this morning ) .. we spent part of the day dodging Coral Heads .. they were easy to see and I am sure deep enough but we played it safe and went around them .. we had 3 to 4 footers mostly on our Bow all the way to Highbourne ( a good day for the Windshield Wipers ) ..  Betty and Autumn had a good nap in route ( Photo Q ) .. we had both Boats tied off on the North side of the North Dock at Highbourne by 01:30 pm .. Highbourne Plantation was FILLED with Boats .. many of the were people from Nassau that were taking advantage of their long Weekend ( Photo Q ) ..
.. when we were having a Pork Roast dinner aboard Root Beer Float the weather in the Gulf was busy .. the area of low pressure in the Northern Gulf of Mexico become area became Tropical Storm Edouard ( Photo Q ) .. I am sure glad that we are right where we are ..
'Devils Backbone'
 
'click' on the above image for a larger size image of the 'Devils Backbone'
Notes from John and Mary Kay - Ole Pot our Pilot thru the 'Devils Backbone' ..
IN SPANISH WELLS WE HIRED A PILOT TO TAKE US TO HARBOUR ISLAND.  MARV GAVE US A HEADS-UP THAT OLE POT IS A LOCAL CHARACTER, THAT PILOTS BOATS THROUGH THE DEVILS BACKBONE.  THIS AREA IS FULL OF REEFS AND SAND FLATS THAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE A PERSON COULD DO A LOT OF DAMAGE TO ONES BOAT. AS WE ENTERED THE DEVILS BACKBONE OLE POT EXPLAINED THE NUMEROUS GROUNDINGS AND SINKING OF BOATS THROUGH THE YEARS BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T PROPERLY READ THE COLORS OF THE WATER OF THE WATER TO RECOGNIZE THE REEFS VERSUS THE SHALLOWS AND TO STAY IN THE NARROW ARES WHERE THE DEPTHS OF THE WATER IS SUFFICIENT. WE WERE VERY CLOSE INTO SHORE  SO THE REEFS WERE ON ONE SIDE AND THE SHORE THE OTHER. OLE POT POINTED OUT DIFFERENT THINGS SUCH AS: HIS UNCLES FACE ON THE STONE WALL, THE FIGURE OF A LADY IN WHITE SAND STONE AGAINST THE DARK CORAL ROCK, AND HE POINTED OUT THE REEFS JUST UNDERWATER AS WE TURNED AND MADE OUR WAY THROUGH THE NARROW CHANNELS.  EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AT HIGH TIDE WE PASTED A COMMERCIAL VESSEL ON THE FLATS , HE WAS CHURNING UP WHITE SAND FROM THE BOTTOM AS WE WERE RUNNING IN VERY SHALLOW WATER AND THE DEPTH GAUGE WENT ZERO. I SURE WOULDN’T WANT TO DO THIS AT LOW TIDE.
OLE POT WAS VERY INTERESTING A TALLER GENTLEMAN THAT WORE A COWBOY HAT AND BOOTS, AND I WOULD GUESS HE WAS LATE SIXTIES IN AGE. HE EXPLAINED TO US THAT SPANISH WELLS NEVER HAD SLAVES SO THAT IS WHY THE TOWN IS 90 PERCENT WHITE IT IS VERY INDUSTRIOUS WITH A LOT OF REPAIR SHOPS, AND DIFFERENT MANU ACTING, THIS IS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER ISLANDS WHICH THEY ARE TOTALLY TOURIST OR SERVICE BASED. THE TOWN OF SPANISH WELLS WAS VERY CLEAN AND HOUSES WERE WELL MAINTAINED AND THE YARDS WERE ALL VERY NICE, WITH FLOWERS AND GREEN GRASS.
Monday August 4th
Bahamian Holiday Weekend
In Port - Highbourne Plantation
Weekend Boaters from Nassau
Iguanas at the Allens Cay
In Port - Highbourne Plantation ( 242-356-1008 ) .. Office Manager - Barbara ..
.. today is the end of a three day Bahamian Holiday Weekend so this morning the Marina is filled with weekend Boaters from Nassau ( Photo Q ) and by evening I expect that the Marina will be back to normal .. this morning Autumn took Betty and I for a Beach walk before it got too hot .. about 10:00 am we took Lil Dee and once out of the Marina we headed North towards the Allens Cays.. we first stopped at Leaf Cay where we were all but attack by numerous Iguanas .. we had two large bags of 'stuff' ( Iguana Food ) that we shared with the Iguanas .. in addition to the Iguanas there were also a number of Bikinis on the Beach ( Photo R ) .. it was not long before the Gals thought that we should head on to the second Iguana Beach ( SW Allens Cay ) where we found many more very large Iguanas ( Photo R ) but no Bikinis and we did not have any more Iguana Food so we headed out so The Shellers could do their thing .. after checking out a number of Beaches we found one back on Leaf Cay where we beached Lil Dee and The Shellers disappeared .. John and I enjoyed an afternoon of snacks and yup Bikinis on a Transit Moorings Sailboat out of Nassau .. well when The Shellers got back and noted our enjoyable afternoon ( Transit Sailboat ) they thought that we should check out another Beach which we did only to be followed by the Transit Sailboat .. so after a most enjoyable outing by all we headed back to the Marina just in time to get cleaned up before dinner aboard Root Beer Float ..
 
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