The Glass Window
04 February 2013 | Eleuthera
Map. Very calm weather
Steve and I left Spanish Wells on Saturday about noon. We traveled back to Royal Harbor in hopes of watching the IU game Sat. night and then the SuperBowl on Sunday, ahh but the fickle fingerof fate had other plans. Everything was working great until the satellite receiver died. Nancy, you were right, this receiver is a piece of junk...the same one you tried to get to work last summer...it worked fine on the Bayliner...oh well.... no Superbowl, either.
When we were here at Royal Harbor last week we had an interesting visit from some of the native species. It was dinner time on Living Well and 4 very large brown moths flew on to the boat and down into the cabin They were probably attracted by the lights. Now I know my hands are small, but they were as big as my hands. They have a Latin name but the locals call them "money bats". They are really moths but they did act like a bat, with all the wing flapping. They are also called Black Witches
The noctuid moth Ascalapha odorata:
In the Bahamas, where they are locally known as Money Moths or Moneybats, the legend is that if they land on you, you will come into money, and similarly, in South Texas, if a Black Witch lands above your door and stays there for a while you will supposedly win the lottery. ANYONE CARE TO BUY ME A LOTTERY TICKET???
We left Royal Island before lunch today and headed toward the big island of Eleuthera. We traveled through a heavily currented area called Current Cut. The current was almost slack, within 30 minutes of high tide, but still ran 2knots of flood. Once through the narrows we had to make a sharp turn across the flow and around a coral head. We traveled for another 7 miles to the Glass Window. This is (was) a natural arch that allowed us to see through the island from the sound to the ocean. The road (the Queen's Highway) goes over the top on a man made bridge now because the natural land bridge was washed away. Steve and I dinghyed ashore for a-walk-about, visited the blow hole, and took lots of good pictures. Then back to the boat for very welcomed bare showers on the transom and dinner. (No other boats in sight!) Tomorrow we plan to go to Gregory Town.