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Did you ever have one of those blah days?
03/07/2009, Allen's Cay Anchorage

Saturday march7
Yep - even in paradise...
Today was a zero day. Wayne sat about and read. I moped, made coffee; made lunch; made dinner; did dishes; felt lonely, trapped and confined. Did I mention that I moped around today and it was never noticed? Yep... a zero day. Some days are like that everywhere. I think they get amplified when you're living in and sharing 36 feet of space with another person.

One lone Palm Island Beach - looking for someone to build sand castles on it

Vegetarian Dinosaurs
03/06/2009, Leaf Cay aka Iguana Island

Friday, March 06, 2009

Well, the battery monitor seems to be working still - a good thing. I started that John Grisham book last night that Wayne finished the night before - Street Lawyer. What a good book - it hooked me and I was up reading until 10:30. Then I finished it this morning. I love it when a book hooks you and keeps you in suspense until the end!

We went over to Allen Cay - me without my camera because I thought we'd only be swimming. What a spectacular view from the top. Wayne washed the grill out in the sand and I snorkeled around abit. I found an old car wreck in the water, and saw coral, quite a few fish that I was familiar with from my salt water tanks at home and school, and some juvenile conch about as big as my fist. Then we went back over to Leaf Cay (Iguana Island). I had some old cherry tomatoes, celery tips and romaine scraps that the iguanas snapped up like it was gold. This surprised me because there were two tour boats and various tourists feeding them most of the day. I think that the tour boats bring grapes with them for the tourists to feed, at least that's what it looks like from our boat.
Snorkeling over there I saw bigger fish - yellow fin, red fin and some fatter silver fish. Found one conch that was just under size to take - the start of a lip but not prominent, so I let him go.

We then took a saltwater bath and fresh water rinse back at the boat. It's so stunningly beautiful here but desolate/isolated except for the cruisers and tourists that frequent these uninhabited islands. The white sand seems whiter against the aqua colored water and blue skies. The grey/brown rock masses of coral/marl islands streaked with green lend more color to the blue pallet. I find myself lonely at times for my family and friends. I miss the sharing of lives and thoughts with people.

Happy Birthday Greg!
NE winds 15-25 knots, waves in the sound 4-6 ft, here about 2 or less but rolly; temp in the upper 60s/low 70s
03/05/2009, Allens Cay/Leaf Cay Anchorage N24*44.931(24) W76*50.266(41)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Greg!!! I know you're not getting this wish on your birthday but it's being written on your birthday. We found a terrific little beach here with a single palm tree on it that you could build sand castles with Zack & Sophie on. It's just screaming your name! I think Wayne would buy this island if he could... We got the pictures of the fireplace - it turned out great - nice job guys!

The weather today is a repeat of yesterday. I have the snorkel gear out and the water is so pretty and inviting, but the winds are strong and cold. They've shifted from NE to E now and all of the boats that were originally here when we got here are now gone. We're the old folks now to a crop of new ones. From the radio chatter it sounds like most have gone to Highborne Cay where it's a little bit more protected. Unfortunately the depths don't really allow us access to the best-sheltered spots. This is pretty here. I made blueberry pancakes for breakfast (I really used the last of the blueberries now) then I tried my hand at a 15-minute sketch of the lone palm island and noticed that I haven't drawn anything since 8/18/08 - when we were in Ohio! I can't get the water the right shades - I just don't have the variety of colored pencils needed for the job. Note to self: bring the big box of colored pencils next year.

I went over the charts looking at the various islands and Wayne checked out our batteries and battery monitor. It seems to be perpetually stuck on 13.81 in any position. Once he unplugged them and plugged them back in again though it seems to be monitoring them again. This wind generator is phenomenal. I'm really glad we went with it as opposed to the solar panels for this trip. It's going like gang busters and we haven't had to turn the engine on at all. I'm listening to it whirring uptop as I write this - it sounds like it wants to take off in flight!

I made a tuna salad for dinner tonight. Think I'll take in some more of this stunning view of the water and islands before dinner. The water is an unbelievable aqua color. So clear and pretty it really looks unreal. You can see clear to the bottom in 12 ft of water, even with the waves and ripples. I feel so fortunate to be here and see this pretty white sand and clear aquamarine water that the iguanas call home. It's really strange to view the beauty and know that the ground won't support crops to eck out much of a living here. Lovely but harsh. I almost forgot to mention that in our excursion yesterday we found prickly pear cactus near the ruins.

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