The Adventures of Dave and Alexandra

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.

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22 March 2017 | Eleuthera, Bahamas
14 March 2017 | Great Guana Cay and Oven Rock Cave, Exumas, Bahamas
07 March 2017 | Sampson Cay,
04 March 2017 | St Augustine, Florida
20 February 2017 | Hog Cay, Warderick Wells, Exuma Land and Sea Park
10 February 2017 | Exumas to Nassau to Exumas Bahamas
04 February 2017 | Black Point, Exumas, Bahamas
31 January 2017 | New Bight, Cat Island
29 January 2017 | New Bight, Cat Island
27 January 2017 | Cat Island
04 January 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
28 December 2016 | Warderick Wells, Exuma, Bahamas
17 December 2016 | Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas
12 December 2016 | Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
03 December 2016 | Vero Beach Municipal Marina
29 November 2016 | Long and Winding Waterway
28 November 2016 | On the ICW, from Daytona to Titusville
27 November 2016 | St Augustine to Daytona
24 October 2016 | St Augustine, Florida, USA

Season Two Take One, Drive On

15 May 2017
Six Wheels are in Motion. And they've skidded into Season Two. Yikes, and Reverse. Say What?

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"How'd THAT happen?" asked The Capt'N, with that one eyebrow raised way high Type of Look.

"I really have no idea" I responded, as I brought up the Calendar App on the iPad, and shook my head just as incredulously as he'd been shaking his, and with shock, confirmed the date: May 15

Somehow the seconds have ticked into minutes that tocked into hours and merged into days that blended into weeks that morphed into months and voilà (insert shock and surprise): here we are: May 15th, 2017 !!

"And what were we doing May 15th last year?" we asked ourselves as we took the first sip of our morning coffee ?

"Anxiously waiting and wondering..." said Dave,
"...and drinking coffee" I winked,
".... in Winkler!!" we both said, as we kind of smiled and giggled at the memories, at just how nervous we were about our Crazy Dream of An Adventure. One year ago. Today.

Actually all this is thanks to Facebook Yikes, really? Say Why?

The Facebook On This Day Memories pop up when you Log In, and glance at your Newsfeed. There to remind you exactly what you were doing in your life (or posting about anyways) on a particular date. Way back when many moons ago of YesterYear.

And truly, memories are just that, aren't they? Moments in time, hopefully looked back on today with a smile. Which make you realize just how important this one life we have to live. Today. This moment. Really is!

Which made me sit up with a start, almost knocking my cup of coffee over, and realize just how BEHIND I am with this blog, et al.

Somehow I had the best of intentions. The lack of WiFi and Data excused many attempts away. Time spent Adventuring carried the I have No Time Excuse. Sharing our Adventures with visiting Family and Friends carried the Way Too Busy Excuse. And then as the Escapades built up, day after day after day, trying to tell all y'all about it became an insurmountable mountain to try and find the words for.

To Boot? I kinda lost faith in my words. I felt like I wasn't really doing anything Word-Worthy.

So this morning I sat there, slurping my coffee and smiling, enjoying the Memories that were popping up, giggling at the fun I was having reminiscing and reading up on our past Adventures. And something happened. Truly, an AHA moment.

The smiles and giggles of the Memories were the precise PUSH in the Derrière that I needed. The kick in the butt to move and motivate my Tuckus and get me Wording.



I mean if I don't post anything today, what on Earth will I smile about next year on this date, right? An Adventure chronicled. An Escapade Experienced. A Life Lived with Words so that I can, a year from today (and tomorrow and the day after that), look back at the memories, perhaps over coffee, or a glass of good wine, raise a toast, and smile.

And if ever there was a day to start. Again. It was today. Talk about Serendipitous Coincidence, non?

Blog On On!!

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It really is quite HARD to believe that just last year we were in Winkler (MB) anxiously waiting to pick up our Brand New Leisure Travel Van (Unity IB) that we had bought, to Adventure About In: all of it Sight Unseen.

Just in case you missed it, or are just new to Adventuring With us, you can read all about it here

Welcome Aboard. We're Driving Out There, Somewhere South of Somewhere; Coming Soon to a Highway near you. On On.

The Long and Short of It

22 March 2017 | Eleuthera, Bahamas
Alex, and Checking the Weather three times a day
Don't Weather Dictate All? We wake up, live by, and go to Sleep while the Weather does its thing around us. Read on for our WeatherEscapades while in Eleuthera.

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Eleuthera is one very long (180 km's long) type of island in the Bahamas, and with the weather currently being broadcast we knew we'd have plenty time to explore here as we started our Journey Northwards.

{{Insert some foreshadowing type of music here, as the reality of it all played out quite differently from the idea of it all }}

Although it's always hard to leave great friends Jeff & Izzy (MV IzzyR)



that we'd been exploring the Exumas with recently, the winds were more than perfect as we sailed from Staniel Cay to Highborn Cay and the next morning had us waking up with the sun and slack water as we headed out on what was going to be one of the best sails ever.



Can't get any more than perfect than when the Dolphins come out to play,



and as we got closer we saw the gin clear blue waters give way to shades of emerald greens, that took our breath away. Safely anchored in Rock Sound, we were immediately greeted by friends Harry and Finola on SV Escape Velocity. The fresh air and all that sailing though had us asleep in the cockpit before we even had supper though, which is what the cruising lifestyle is sometimes all about.

Eleuthera comes from the Greek work eleutheros which means "free", and this island was also known as Cigateo way back when. Not to be outdone by its Longness, Eleuthera is also quite narrow, barely 1.6 km's (1 mile) wide, with one side facing the Atlantic Ocean and the other on the Grand Bahama Bank. There was lots to see and do here (from blue holes to caves to explore) and we were excited to be somewhere new.

Rock Sound is a quaint and cute settlement, with a great LaundryMat, and an impressive grocery store for provisions (three times the size of all the stores in the Exumas!) and we were warmly greeted with offers of fresh coffee as we shopped. Only buy what you can carry though, it is a bit of a walk back to the anchorage.

For a more serious peek into our photo-about at Rock Sound

{{ the link will take you to our Facebook photo album }}

Laundry and Provisions back onboard, Dave sat down to reload the Weather Pages, while I put replenished Mother Banyan's Cupboards, and I heard him murmur,

"Well, Dear, that small weather blow coming? It's getting stronger and longer and we'll have to seek some shelter. If we want to sail though we should go now, as the wind dies the next couple of days and we'd be motoring a long way!"

"Well, what are we waiting for?" I said, as I put the last bit of stuff away.

Up Sails, and off we went to Governors Harbour (the administrative capital of Eleuthera) where we anchored on the South side by LaughingBird Cay, reputed to have better depths and holding for us.

The next morning had us enjoying a splendid walk around Governors Harbour. Governors Harbour ran the country for a time and the colourful colonial type houses in the settlement blended in perfectly with the oceanfront, a peaceful and beautiful place.

When we got back, it was another Weather Check and this time I heard Dave comment,

"Well, Dear, do we want to stay here for the Winds? I'm not crazy about the holding. Or should we keep on going?"

"Well, let's keep going" I agreed with him "Hatchet Bay might be an option". So up that way we went.



The Entrance into Hatchet Bay is carved through a high rocky cliff and you can almost miss your way in if you blink. The harbour does provide all around protection, but the holding, according to some, is a questionable type of grass. We motored into the narrow and impressive inlet, thank goodness for calm conditions. With quite a few boats already in there, and more coming in behind us, we circled around for a bit, checking depths and absorbing the look and feel of it all, as Dave reloaded the Weather. Again.

"Well, Dear, where would you like to spend the next week? We can stay here. Lots of boats coming in behind us. It's a small anchorage. Well protected. Or we can keep going to Spanish Wells. But if we don't go today, we're not going anywhere for a week".

I hemmed and hawed and replied : "Well if we keep going right now, do we have time to make it to, and through, Current Cut, in the right conditions, by the time we get there?"

Another double check on the tides and currents and timings of our arrival at both places.

"Yes, We'll make it just at high tide, slack water. And we should reach Spanish Wells an hour later, just a tad before sunset. But that's an easy anchorage in the dark".

We both simultaneously agreed that we preferred to be there for the Blow. Spanish Wells or Bust.

Going through Current Cut in flat calm conditions was a breeze.



and true enough, not even two hours later we were anchored, at sunset, in Spanish Wells.



And that is how we spent a couple of days boatbound during The Blow, and then a few good days hiking and exploring the quaint and lovelySpanish Wells .

For the brief time we spent in Eleuthera, we fell in love with her. There is a laid back charming historical vibe here, and we're looking forward to coming back (when the weather allows). And that, dear Readers and Friends, is the Long on the Weather and the Short of Eleuthera.
Vessel Name: Banyan
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 40 Sun Odyssey
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: David & Alexandra
About:
Welcome Aboard. I'm Alexandra, and if I'm not out Adventuring with Camera in Hand, or cheffing up a storm in my galley, I'm looking to pirate some WiFi to upload our latest tales (with way too many photos) about our most recent adventures. [...]
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The Adventures of Dave and Alexandra

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.

http://www.hitwebcounter.com/htmltutorial.php
WebPage Visits

We're on Facebook

Sailing Banyan

but we're not Tweeting or Instagramming.

Should We #HashTag?

Our friends Paul and Sheryl Shard, of Distant Shores, are incredible producers of their very own TV Show.

If you haven't already, check them out.

Their DVD's are informative and fun to watch as they travel to all four corners of the world.

You might even find Banyan in some of them!!