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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
This Is That Great Green Turtle Cay Beach I Was Talking About Below
09/25/2008

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A Cool Evening At Last
09/25/2008, Green Turtle Cay

This photo was taken a few days ago. Yesterday was spent at anchor and by the afternoon it got downright windy. I put on the wind generator as the batteries had gone down quite a bit due to all the computer and other electrical use over the last day or two. It remained windy all evening and into the night and now we are at around 70% capacity in the batteries so we've got plenty for another day or two, not including any solar energy that comes. The wind last night blew out most of the humidity and heat out of the boat so we got to enjoy one of the only bug free, cool evenings Tropical Dreamer has experienced in a long time. It was great. No fans needed. I even pulled my blanket over me this morning, which is something I haven't done in months. I think it will gradually become more and more comfortable during the night and then the day as the fall creeps up on us. Pity Jodi is leaving in a day or so and she won't get to experience that. Well, she'll have a similar cooling down in Tucson. Anne slept out on deck last night and enjoyed the breeze, which is unusual for her as she has pretty much always come inside the cabin at night. The downside to the breeze is some rocking and rolling, which I kind of like anyway, especially when I'm sleeping in the forpeak, my cozy little cocoon. We had a pleasant relaxing day yesterday. After coffee and morning chat we took the dogs for a walk through town and over the hill to this incredible beach that was almost 360 degrees. The dogs had a great time and Jodi and I met this beautiful young woman from England who is summering here with her parents and the family dog they brought from overseas. We bought a fresh baked sweet white bread and ate it along the way and then made sandwiches for lunch on the boat later on. The nice gentleman at the grocery let Jodi use his phone to make a reservation to fly out from Treasure Key to Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow. We will either cruise there today or she can take a ferry tomorrow. It's not that far either way. We enjoyed a spectacular sunset on the boat with some nice vintage Phil Collins music and then ended the evening with a dog walk around town in the misting rain and pizza at Sundowners, a local bar and grill type place where I spent some time chatting with a local I met there last night. Then we took the dingy with the dogs in the dark to the sailboat, navigating by the path of shimmering light produced by the anchor light. All in all a great day in the Bahamas. I have to admit there are still times each day when I feel compelled to come home, but there are also times each day where I feel I want to continue much farther and a lot of in between. Day by day. Week by week. It will end when it ends whether that be sooner or later. Regardless, it has been a unique and full on adventure.

Double Breasted Cay
09/24/2008

I think my favorite stop so far in the Bahamas has been an uninhabited island in the way north called Double Breasted Cay (pronounced key). It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been and I've been to some pretty far out spectacular places. We have been alternating from islands with settlements to uninhabited islands, ideally those with nice beaches for the dogs. There is nothing happier than a golden retriever playing in the clear, cool, shallow white sand beaches here in the Bahamas. Sometimes the heat and humidity and mozzies get us down, but compared to what I experienced trekking down the east coast of the US in July and August, it feels cooler and more comfortable to me here. Electric fans help considerably. This morning I am actually chilly as it starts to become light while Jodi has her fan going full blast. It's all on your point of view and attitude is everything out here. A moment can be comfortable and enjoyable or miserable depending on how the mind handles it. I must say I'm really enjoying myself these days but I give a lot of credit to the people who are cruising around the world for really long periods as they really have to endure hardship from time to time. Living on a boat for years - it takes a special type of person.

Local Cuisine
09/24/2008, Abaco, Bahamas

It's lobster season in the Bahamas and most of the men we've encountered seem to be fishermen this time of year. They dive down and capture these with spear guns (I purchased one for $50 but haven't used it to kill anything yet) along with conch, a large sea mollusk. Grouper is also a popular fish. We had a number of lobster which we bought and traded for but quickly tired of them. They're not like Maine lobsters and neither Jodi nor I are huge fans anyway. We've also tried cracked conch, which is a lot like fried clams but with much bigger strips. That was pretty good. Overall, I can't say the Bahamas food is out of this world, but we've enjoyed trying things and I'm sure there's a lot more to experience. A fisherman gave me a huge grouper and then cut it into fillets for us and that was quite tasty pan fried. Between the food we're finding and the food we're making, we are still eating fine.

Fox Town, Abaco Bahamas
09/24/2008

I would have to say that the highlight of the Bahamas so far for me is the people. Yea, the water is clear to the bottom and the sea life is wonderful (we saw huge starfish at our last anchorage - we had to keep the dogs off of them - and sea turtles just swimming along in the water) and the colors of the sea of abaco are amazing when the light hits them. But the people have been so friendly and generous to us. Where I come from people, especially strangers, are kind of mean to each other. People don't connect with each other unless they've gotten to know each other for a long long time. Here people are much more willing to chat with visitors. I've learned so much about the culture of the Bahamas from the locals. As you can see from the picture, the dogs are a huge hit with the kids and they love walking them while we tour a new island.

An Internet Connection Again At Last
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09/24/2008, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

After a week or more of cruising the Abacos, Bahamas from West End until here I finally found another internet connection. What a trip so far. I am fine, the dogs are fine, Jodi is fine although getting tired of living on the boat. The scenery is spectacular. The people have been so friendly and kind. It's not all fun and games cruising out here, but what an experience. I'll see if I can get this to post and then try and upload a few more pictures and blurbs.

Catching The Fading Light From The Beach
09/16/2008, West End, Bahamas

I'm presently in the screened sailboat typing with too much incandescent and florescent light but enjoying it nonetheless knowing that this cocoon is almost mozzie proof. Jodi brought a kick-ass oscillating 12 volt fan and I have a smaller but quieter fan and between the two fans and the screened in portholes, we are hopefully in for a quiet, comfortable, and bug free night. The sunset tonight was as beautiful as the one last night except that we experienced it from the beach. I spent most of this afternoon on Skype talking and video chatting with my parents, siblings, Aunt Rhoda, and Guy. Amazing how the internet connection here (at least 2000 feet from shore) is better than anything my verizon card could produce in the US, and for free. Tomorrow we head onto the banks and to our next destination, whatever that turns out to be.

The Marina Resort From Tropical Dreamer (Now Known As Tropical Reality)
09/16/2008, West End, Bahamas

After walking the dogs on the beach this morning we went to the marina to check it out and to call home to let my parents know we arrived safely. While there we each grabbed a clandestine hot shower which felt wonderful. Then we put the dogs inside the sailboat and headed out just the humans to walk to the local settlement. It was hot and humid and we soon tired. We caught a ride into "town" and had a great lunch at a local restaurant. West West End village isn't much to speak of. It seemed mostly run down and there wasn't a lot happening that we could see. We walked most of the way back to the marina and caught another ride with a boat owner before it became too arduous. Our plan is to enjoy the afternoon and evening here and then head out across the banks tomorrow morning. Don't know when I'll have an internet connection again but I'll update when I do - maybe once more before we leave tomorrow.

First Morning In Paradise
09/16/2008, West End, Bahamas

It was a bit hot and muggy last night and some mozzies found their way into TD even though we are hundreds of yards from shore. Screens tonight. The water, oh my goodness, it is everything they say and more. You can see right down to the bottom. You can see fish. Most incredibly, the colors. Blues, turquoises, light greens. My photos can't truly express this beauty. And the quiet and the warm breeze and the nice people... and the unsecured and surprisingly fast wireless internet that transmits this far from the marina, we are blessed.

Anchored And Enjoying The Sunset After A Long Day Of Crossing the Gulf Stream
Keith, nice, but hot, the breeze feels great
09/16/2008, West End, Bahamas

About 1/2 into the passage the seas calmed way down to mostly less than 2 feet and we cruised the remainder of the 11 hour voyage in relative comfort. No problems to speak of. People speak of the cobalt blue intensity of the gulf stream but you have to see it to understand it. So beautiful. We arrived with plenty of light and I went to clear customs while Jodi took the dogs to play on the beautiful beach. I cleared with ease and soon we were all back on the sailboat enjoying drinks and a spectacular sunset.

 

 
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