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Elixir's Sojourns South and North
Larry and Susan Burkett, with canine passengers Carrie and Baxter this time (definitely no help as crew!) and their trip south to the islands of the Caribbean once again
Moving up the Chain
04/26/2010, Highborne Cay, Exumas

This trip with Adam is part of our trip back to the states. We have been to Staniel Cay, Big Majors Spot, Black Point Settlement, Compass Cay, Warderick Wells, Shroud Cay, and now Highborne. It has been a great time. Adam has gotten in a lot of snorkeling, and has a major shell collection for California. Unfortunately, he probably won't be able to fit them into his luggage, so I'll be responsible for shipping them to him from somewhere in the states. The photo here is from the Exuma Land and Sea Park at Warderick Wells. He's standing in front of the skeleton of a 52 ft long sperm whale that died there in 1995. So far we haven't seen anything like that, just lots of fish-big and small-along with lots of rays and sharks. We'll be here a couple of days waiting out some nasty storms, and then on to Nassau where Adam will get a plane to fly to Jacksonville to see his grandfather for a short visit and then back to work in San Francisco. Then we'll be on our way back to Florida when we get a weather window, and up the coast--hoping to make Virginia towards the end of May. It is time to get home and see what shape the houses and gardens are in!

04/20/2010, black Point Settlement

A snorkeling fool-- today he saw a ramora (sucker fish) attached to the bottom of our boat. Guess he thought we were a big blue shark!

Adam's here
04/20/2010

We are in the last part of this adventure, and Adam has now joined us for about 10 days. After almost 2 weeks at Compass Cay, which has become one of our favorite places, we motor-sailed the short distance to Big Major's Spot to be positioned to pick Adam up at the Staniel Cay airport (term used loosely!) if he should arrive as planned. He did, and we spent 2 nights on the hook right there as yet another front came through. In the morning today, he went snorkeling and brought up (for photos only) this beautiful starfish. Then we sailed (yes, really sailed!!) to Black Point Settlement. After making reservations for dinner at Lorraine's Cafe, we and the dogs went walk-about and then Adam went swimming/snorkeling again. Tonight it's real (and very good) Bahamian meal at Lorraine's, and then we'll go back to Compass Cay for a night. Hard to believe we've been in the Bahamas almost 5 months since we crossed the Gulf Stream before Thanksgiving---and hard to believe in less than another month we hope to be back in Florida. Tempus fugit.

Tucker's Aquarium
04/16/2010, Compass Cay

One of the very special things about Compass Cay is the fish--Tucker says they are all pets! No food is ever thrown away--signs remind everyone that the fish and crabs are hungry. There is no fishing allowed in the marina, and there are loads of fish! In addition to the pet nurse sharks (that one can pet from the dock or swim with--but NOT when you are feeding them!) there are purple-blue angel fish, shiny silver bonefish, little yellow and black fish, those parasite fish that attach themselves to larger sharks and eat the left-overs. To gather the inhabitants of this wonderful aquarium, just throw a bunch of left-overs or pet food in the water--and stand back and marvel!

Tucker's Aquarium
04/16/2010, Compass Cay

One of the very special things about Compass Cay is the fish--Tucker says they are all pets! No food is ever thrown away--signs remind everyone that the fish and crabs are hungry. There is no fishing allowed in the marina, and there are loads of fish! In addition to the pet nurse sharks (that one can pet from the dock or swim with--but NOT when you are feeding them!) there are purple-blue angel fish, shiny silver bonefish, little yellow and black fish, those parasite fish that attach themselves to larger sharks and eat the left-overs. To gather the inhabitants of this wonderful aquarium, just throw a bunch of left-overs or pet food in the water--and stand back and marvel!

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