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Exuma Land and Sea Park

Come on in, the water is perfect



Friendly little birds

Happy hour on the beach

As you can see from our map we are making good progress on our way north through the Exumas. From Allen's Cay the trip to Nassau is only about 30 miles. Tomorrow we will leave our mooring at the Exuma Land and Sea Park and probably travel as far as Allen's Cay next to Leaf Cay where the Iguanas live.

The weather forecast calls for more settled weather this week, making for a more pleasant trip to Nassau. Luckily we made reservations for a slip at the Nassau Yacht Haven because we heard yesterday that all the marinas were full and there were so many boats anchored in the harbour that the harbourmaster was not allowing entry to any more. The windy weather of the last couple of weeks kept so many boats from travelling that these past few days have brought huge numbers of vessels to the city. We learned our lesson last year when we failed to make reservations and had difficulty finding a slip.

The Exuma Land and Sea Park made such an impression on us a month ago that we have stopped once again as we retrace our route. I hiked several of the trails yesterday afternoon and along the way I found a woman from Penetang, Ontario also hiking alone. We walked the rest of the way together and enjoyed some much cherished female companionship. At 5:30 the Captain and I loaded our munchies and jug of rum punch into the dingy and set off to the beach for the Happy Hour get together. It is always fun to meet other boaters and find out where they are from, where they have been and where they are headed.

We enjoyed an amazing snorkelling experience at the Thunderball Grotto two days ago. The caves are lit from above through several natural skylights, holes in the rocky ceiling of the caves. The fishes numbered thousands and when I removed my offerings of bread and left over pancakes from my waterproof bag I was descended upon by a wall of fish. Hopefully I can find somewhere to develop the underwater film when we get to Nassau.

The Captain finally got his Sat TV working after a month so we have been brought back to the reality of the world. I really didn't pray for the tv to stop working for a month, honest but I loved the break from it and it made the George Town experience more memorable not having the distraction of tv.

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