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03/03/2009, N25*04.493 W77*18.748 Nassau Harbor, New Providence Island to Allen’s Cay/Leaf Cay, The Exumas N24*44.924 W76*50.241

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Eureka! I have Internet access and emails (that makes my morning!) I'm not sure who Bubbanet is, but it works for me! Answered the emails and was about to check the weather when I lost the connection ($*#&). Anyhow it was great to hear from everyone even if I didn't get the weather LOL. Alli I hope everything is okay - all I got was an "ahhhhhhhhh!" I do miss everyone and look forward to seeing everyone even if I don't get to see my bro...

Met a couple from Holland that asked us about our boat name. "Do we know what it means?" "Yes, of course" In Dutch it means hummingbird also...

Pulled out of Nassau Harbor after getting permission from the Harbor Master at 9:00am and headed for Allan's. We hit the Yellow Bank after noon o clock and I took the bow watch for coral heads while Wayne kept the helm.

Pulled in between Allen's and Leaf Cay around 4pm and there were already 6 boats anchored here. Several more followed us in. We're anchored closer to Leaf Cay near the beach and ruins in about 12 ft of water that turns into 3 ft pretty quickly near us. As we were anchoring there were people walking the beach area and iguanas were running up to them. They're pretty prehistoric critters that used to be used in the old B movies as dinosaurs. I hope to get a better look tomorrow - hopefully it won't be too crowded. I understand that because this is the closest anchorage for boats making the passage across the Yellow Bank from Nassau and because of the iguanas, it can be pretty popular for high-speed boats laden with passengers to come to. Oh-oh and we're right near the beach...

One guy was up on the beach cracking open his conch and two iguanas came over to investigate him. Leftovers tonight for us (of pork and potatoes au gratin with corn).

So we're now officially in the Exumas... NE winds are building - they're supposed to be from 10-15 building to 20 tonight. Hope we hold... Low tide is around 6:30pm and it's going on 7pm now.

04/02/2009 | Alli
of course! :)
Womans work?!?!?!
03/02/2009, N25*04.493 W77*18.748 Nassau Harbor Club, Nassau Harbor, New Providence Island

Monday, March 2, 2009

With bread, my meal to start the day was ham sandwiches! I was craving a sandwich! Then we walked to the bank and tried out the ATM. It wouldn't take either of our cards. There was a huge line inside the bank so we went back to the marina to ask where we should go. We were told to try the Texaco Station down the road and if that one didn't work, then the Esso Station past that. Hopefully one of those would work because I really didn't want to walk to the Atlantis Casino to try their machine - I'd probably end up staying and feeding the slot machines LOL. Luckily the Texaco one worked. I was leery of using one in a gas station but we'll see how it ends up. From there we went to the post office to mail out cards. The girl there said "I hope these don't need to be anywhere quick". I figured hey March 5 for the first one, then the next and she said it will take a month if not a year... What!?!?! So we ended up mailing out all the cards for March today. It will be interesting to see when they end up back home! So Greg, Patti, Jack, Lyric, take note of when they get to you - I'll be interested in seeing how long it takes to get from Nassau Bahamas to home. At least they have pretty stamps I guess. The girl at the post office lamented that she never gets mail so it doesn't matter if it takes a year or not to get to her LOL Yikes!

We continued our walk going down towards the cruise ship docks for a while then cut back through town via Shirley Street. Man, everywhere you looked, it had a ghetto feel to it. Security signs posted everywhere, barred windows and doors, barbed wire and quite a few druggies were quite evident. We ended up cutting back towards the water through a churchyard and cemetery. It always amazes me how weathered the tombs are - you can't hardly read any of them - even a lot of the newer ones.

After we got back to the boat I took the laundry to the Laundromat and between washing and drying walked to the hardware to see if they had a replacement bulb for the light in the head (no). Then walked to Browns Marine store (no), then to the next one - success! Finished the laundry and headed back to the boat. Wayne had replenished the fuel and water and had finished scrubbing down the cockpit while I was gone.

Put the laundry away, made up the berth then started dinner (pork, potatoes a gratin and green beans). I feel like little Suzi home maker today. Especially being told that laundry is woman's work - cough, cough... Everyone knows how that set me off I'm sure...
Tomorrow we head for Allen's Cay. Good thing I don't say that Navigation is a man's work, etc... etc... etc...

03/01/2009, N25*04.493 W77*18.748 Nassau Harbor Club, Nassau Harbor, New Providence Island

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Good morning world... I'm waiting for the coffee to finish perking and thinking about the day. The clouds are really building!

I'm not sure where we'll end up but I'd sure like to be able to touch the Tropic of Cancer before we turn around and head north again for the season. Why? Well most people know I love maps, charts, etc... so as we come closer and closer to one of these amazing points on our globe, I'd like to be able to say to myself "I've been there!" I keep watching our latitude and longitude as we've gone from 42 degrees North, further south we keep inching ever so slowly towards one of the Tropics. So close I'd like to be able to visit that point on earth. The Tropic of Cancer, the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator are all imaginary lines of latitude that circle the Earth. The Equator at zero degrees latitude is the longest one that circles the Earth at its widest part and if you imagine - cuts the world in half (creating our N/S boundaries). The Tropics each lie about 23 degrees 27 minutes (23*27') north and south of the Equator. When the sun is directly overhead at the equator we have the vernal equinox (spring) on or about March 21, and the autumnal (fall) equinox around September 21. So on these two dates when the sun is directly overhead at the equator - 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night (equinox - equal day and night). As the sun travels north from the equator to reach it's northern most boundary at noon (The Tropic of Cancer) around June 21 we have the summer solstice (solstice - sun stand still) and the longest day of the year for us in the northern hemisphere. Then it heads back south again to begin it's transit to the Tropic of Capricorn - touching that point at 23*27' south around December 21 (our shortest day of the year) the winter solstice.

While I can't be at the Tropic of Cancer on June 21st (what a kick THAT would be!) it would be really sweet to reach that latitude, any time of the year. While I'm on this unintentional subject of our seasons... the area bounded by the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn (known as "The Tropics") don't experience seasons like we do back home because the sun is always high in the sky. Okay, okay, I know - once a teacher always a teacher... But that's what was going through my little mind... Time for coffee and to get on with the day. I have snorkel gear to buy, tomatoes to find, hulls to give a fresh rinse to, and a shower awaits...

Most things are closed today because it's Sunday - people are mostly conservative and religious in the Bahamas. So after making breakfast (potatoes, bacon, eggs) we walked to the Shopping Center. They have a Domino's Pizza and Dairy Queen combination place where we got some ice cream (the first in a long time). It was pretty tasty. I noticed a young family sitting there (they were waiting for their pizza) still dressed in their Sunday best. When the pizza was ready, they all bowed their heads and the father led them in prayer before dishing out the pizza to the kids. It was really nice to see because we've heard about nothing but the soaring crime rates here (don't go out alone, don't go out after dark, etc...) so to see this family was heart warming. After the ice cream we walked to the City Market. They were open which surprised me but shouldn't have since they probably cater to the cruisers from the marinas nearby. I picked up some bread and some fresh vegis. I never realized how good our onion crops were back home. I had to really search to find a few good, hard onions but find a few - I did. We need to find an ATM to get some cash for the smaller islands too (they don't take credit cards and if they do they hit you with a 4% increase, then the credit card company does too - what a racket!) but we'll wait for tomorrow to do that. Wayne's foot is bothering him so we cut our walk short and I put some chicken in a lime/honey marinade for dinner then proceeded to scrub the decks. They reallllly need it. Our little boat is growing salt crystals and rust all over it. Wayne needs to find the stainless cleaner me thinkest. I made it back to the cockpit in my scrubbing but left the rest until tomorrow. I'm pooped and it's time to make a salad to go with the chicken. I can't believe its about dark all ready...

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