Surprise Brithday Visit!
22 May 2008 | Marsh Harbour, The Abacos
Kathy arrived today,,,flying in from Washington DC became an alllll day affair. There were flight cancelations and re-routing of flights and her 5 hour trip became a 14 hour quest! She arrived at the marina in Marsh Harbour by 10pm and was ferried through the anchorage by another cruiser in search of EIRA! Alas, we did find her and all was well although her suitcase did not follow her. No problem, mon! It's the islands! Kathy was surprised by her family with a birthday ticket to come and visit us! Friday we weighed anchor and sailed across the the Sea of Abaco over to Elbow Cay. We geared up and all went in for a snorkle- conch was plentiful and Kathy was victorious in her first match with a fighting conch! The coral heads had some colorful fish living around them. Menno and Daniel went in search of some fish for dinner while Kathy and I stayed in the dinghy. Menno speared a nice fat Porge and then sent Daniel down in search of a bigger fish. Well, the boys did meet up with a bigger fish- a 5 foot balck tip shark - feeling fiesty from the recent blood in the water and the distressed calls from the Porge! The boys quickly returned to the safety of the dinghy. Kathy's comment, "Menno moved faster than Val at a one-day-sale at Noordstroms!" "Tippey" aka the black tip shark, proceeded to circle our dinghy! Perhaps the fish eyeballs Daniel was throwing in the water peeked his curiosity. ahhh, just another day in paradise! Kathy was quite the trooper and did not let this shark encounter stop her from future underwater explorations!
photo: Hope Town Lighthouse in the background