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Published: February 12th 2010
We’ve been in the Bahamas already for 3 weeks now and have already had our first guests onboard. We sailed to the Exumas and spent a lovely week visiting islands we had set foot on some 3 years ago. Can’t believe it had already been 3 years since we had enjoyed these crystal waters.
Finally meeting back up with some great friends that we met during our travels along the east US coast. IE: s/c Katmandu , s/v Emma & many more.. You really meet some great people while living a cruising life style.
We traveled from Nassau to Norman’s cay, setting anchor in the deeper waters since we draw 7 feet... When we went ashore, we quickly noticed that, aside from the vegetation growing in, that not much, if anything, had changed. We walked up the path to visit the ruins of the old resort built during the drug cartel in the late 70’s and immediately found the markings we had left while traveling there with both “Antidote”, “LPJ” and “My Love III”, our previous sailing vessels.
We left another note on the wall, like so many others, indicating our name and date to ensure
Long Lost Bahamain Brothers
My Bahamain brothers Charlie & Patrick!!!!!!!
that “WeBeSailing” would remain a part of that history just as the others had previously.
The next morning, we sailed to Warderick Wells in the Exuma land and Sea park and, let me tell you... It’s just as pretty as it’s ever been. It’s a comforting feeling to sail back to grounds you are familiar with, not to mention that it’s really a small paradise. We are very fortunate indeed and wish to share this with as many as possible.
Once out of the park, Eric had a chance to catch up on some fishing and free diving, where we spent so much appreciated time in the water. We were so looking forward to this... Such colourful marine life and beautiful reefs and not to forget the tasty Lobsters. Great meal!!!
Nassau is a changing place... Since the first time we set foot here, some 7 years ago, a couple landmarks are gone. The local favourite watering hole for most boaters in the harbour was a waterside bar and grill called “Crocodiles”. They are no longer there, and the TGI Fridays that had replaced them has also gone ass up. The new digs at the same location
is now the “Green Parrot” which offers the same local delicacies like Conch and Fish and kindly provide free internet to us cruisers passing through. We try to grab a bite there once a week to support them as they are very good to us Harbour Dwellers and a cold beer never hurt anyone while using the Internet!! So as we say...we have it made in the Shade(shaded by Palm Trees that is)!!.
There’s a new beer in the Bahamas called Sands... Brewed in Freeport and it’s just as good (if not better) than the island trademark Kalik beer (but that’s only our opinion..)
We walked many many hours up and down town and visited the unbelievably beautiful queen’s staircase up on Elizabeth street. Back in 1964 (I think), Queen Elizabeth was set to visit Nassau, as it is part of the Common Wealth, and as a respectful offering to her majesty the Queen, the people CARVED a pathway of 64 stairs out of a stone mountain to mark the visit. Can you imagine?? Carving 64 stairs out of limestone! And the B?@$& didn’t even show!! She bailed !!
In any event... all of us other lushes
get to enjoy the beauty that was created.
Shellsea has also adopted the laidback CATibbean beat... When we were in Warderick wells, Hooked on to the mornings, tiny yellow finches fly all over your boat (inside and out) seeking some sugar or bread crumbs. They are so cute but we though Shellsea would go nuts trying to catch them... Wrong!!! She was “Off Duty” I guess because we later noticed that the tiny birds had pecked through all of our apples and tomatoes as a snack and Shellsea??? SLEPT THROUGH IT ALL!!
She’s an Island cat alright! The locals tell us that you can tell its so because.... 1) She’s got a black ass 2) She sleeps all day & 3) she doesn’t know who her daddy is... That confirms it!!!
That’s all for now... We are officially on island time and have fallen into the beat so I must let you go before the ice melts in my drink!
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You guys certainly have my tongue hanging out with these pictures, they are beautiful, what a way to spend your life. I hope one day I will be able to join you on webesailing, it is a dream of mine once I get this other knee fixed. In the meanwhile enjoy yourselves and keep safe. We miss you. Carol xoxoxo
Hi Annie and Eric You both look fantastic! And your photos are beautiful. We are glad you are safe and sound--and warm! The Bahamas look beautiful and those lobsters-mmmmmmmmmmm! I am glad your first guests have been on board. Be well, travel safely and keep in touch. Miss you.
Living my dream through you all!!
Thanks for letting me share your cruising adventures with you all. I have power boated and sailed ever since I retired from the Navy in 71. We sail every two years in the BVI. Have always wanted to cruise like you all are doing but as with most of us circumstances have prevented this.. My wife tells me that 14 years of sea duty in the Navy was enough!! An aircraft carrier doesn't have sails though.. Stay safe and enjoy your adventures...As Bob Bitchen says "Attituide the difference between adventure and an ordeal" Chuck on the Chesapeake
Looks lovely! What I would do to be there right now!!!
Hey Eric and Annie! So kewl to be back in the Bahamas through your blog. Did you see Roxanne (Merrill's daughter) at Norman's Cay - she works at the Beach Club. Enjoy and take care. Thanks for making my day!