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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
Sportfishing
04/27/2010, Highborne Cay, Exumas

Most of the boats at this marina are sportfisherman (sportfishermen?) and there is a special fish cleaning station at the end of one of the piers, attended several times a day with 10 or 12 nurse sharks awaiting leftovers. Here is the sign on the cleaning table--thought you'd like it.

A View from the Top
04/27/2010, Highborne Cay, Exumas

Going up to the top of the mast in a bosun's chair is not for the faint of heart-nor for folks over the age of 40. Since we have Adam aboard (in his early 30's), and since one of the spreader lights is out, and since we have a strong electric winch to raise the bosun's chair..
And since neither Larry nor Susan will ever have this view in person, we asked Adam to take a photo--from 60+feet above the water. Neat, isn't it?

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.

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