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Anything's going to happen...its going to happen out there! (Captain Ron)
Exuma Land and Sea Park
02/13/2013, Warderick Wells

Tuesday, Wednesday, February 12th and 13th - It's a beautiful day and we had a great sail to Warderick Wells, Exuma Land and Sea Park. We have perfect weather for the next five days for swimming, snorkeling and hiking on the island. We will stay here for at least three or four days. There are several Canadian boats here, from Midland, Penetanguishene as well as British Columbia and Quebec. At Warderick Wells, there is a horseshoe shape of deep water with a sandbar in the middle. It is covered at high tide, but when the tide goes out, you can walk in ankle deep water - right next to your boat! You must take a mooring here and even at low tide they are in about 12 to 15 feet of water. This is our second time here - we stopped on our way to George Town for a few days.

02/14/2013 | Shelley Graham
OMG it looks beautiful! Wish I could wiggle my nose and be there. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY xoxo
02/15/2013 | bob
Reminds me of the spot on Couchiching that Jim goes to and the one between the 2 sand islands at Gros Cap that we go to.
02/15/2013 | Colleen Taylor
That looks awesome!!!!!!! I think I need to come back!!
Still waiting for weather
02/11/2013, Big Majors Spot/Staniel Cay

Monday, February 11th - We are still here at Big Majors Spot waiting for the winds to die a bit. Tomorrow is forecast to be better and it sounds good for four or five days so we'll likely head to The Land and Sea Park at Warderick Wells. We are on the waiting list for a mooring.

Today we were able to snorkel at Thunderball Grotto and it was awesome! There are so many fish! This is where many scenes were filmed for the 007 movie Thunderball. As luck would have it, our underwater camera has quit working - we're trying to dry it out and will try again tomorrow.

We walked through town but the only store we found was closed! Oh well, maybe tomorrow! At least the bar is open at the yacht club!

02/11/2013 | Shelley Graham
Hello you two! Enjoying your trip right along with you. nice hair cut Lynne!!! luv u both. give farley a hug too. xo
02/12/2013 | Marc Faubert
Good morning Northern Spirit.
I have been following your blog since day one and enjoyed it immensely. It's especially good for us as Linda and I will be leaving this fall form Little Current on our Beneteau 345. We will be taking the same route as you did. If you don't mind I would like to ask a few questions. We are making all the plans but its always good to hear from the people that are actual doing and find the things that worked well or didn't. Thank you and enjoy. Marc & Linda.
02/12/2013 | Lynne & Ron Taylor
Marc, you are welcome to ask questions! Email us at northern_spirit@bell.net
02/12/2013 | Sue and Wayne
Enjoying the blog as always, just curious about something. Are you not concerned about sharks when you are in the water?
Back to Big Majors Spot
02/11/2013, Big Majors/Staniel Cay

Saturday, February 9th - We moved further north today to Big Major's Spot and Staniel Cay. We stayed here one night on our way south and saw the swimming pigs but it was too windy to snorkel at Thunderball Cave...and you guessed it...it's too windy again! The weather pattern in the Bahamas is that you get two or three nice calm days and then a front comes through with high winds from the northeast. These last two or three days, sometimes a week, and then the wind clocks around to the southeast and calms down again. Late Monday is forecast to begin five days of calmer winds so we may just stay here until then. There is a town on Staniel Cay, a yacht club and some interesting snorkel spots (plus the swimming pigs) so there is lots to see and do. We will then move to Warderick Wells Land and Sea Park once the weather improves and spend a few days there.

One of the best spots yet
02/11/2013, Black Point Settlement

Thursday, Friday, February 7th and 8th - We headed out about 9am for Dotham Cut, the entrance from Exuma Sound to the shallow Exuma Bank and to Black Point Settlement, about 40 miles away. Ron dragged a fishing line and did catch something. As he reeled it in, it became lighter; when he got it to the boat he had half a barracuda...a shark got the back half! Oh well, they aren't good eating anyway!

Black Point turned out to be a great stop and we stayed two days. It's the only settlement on Great Guana Cay and has a school, three churches, post office, a few stores and some bars and restaurants. At the Rockside Laundry, as well as get your laundry done you can get a haircut, have a shower, rent a room or a golf cart, buy supplies or be served the best conch fritters we have ever tasted at lunch time! The bay is very picturesque with turquoise water over a white sand bottom. This is one of our favourite spots so far in the Exumas.

On the move
02/06/2013, Emerald Bay Marina

February 5th and 6th - Henning moved their boat down near ours and we met on the beach in the afternoon. We planned cocktails on our boat and then we would all attend the dinner and dance at Chat n' Chill. Well, we did have happy hour and ate lots of appetizers, so when it began to rain, we just stayed on our boat and visited and just skipped dinner and the dance.

Henning and Joanne are staying a few more days in George Town. We've been more than two weeks, so we are moving north to Emerald Bay Marina. It is quite pricey but they have free internet and free laundry which I will take good advantage of! They also have 'real' showers...not just a dip in salt water and a rinse with fresh! The facilities are very nice. We were able to get all the laundry done, clean the boat, charge all our phones, i-pad, computer, flashlights and cameras and have good long hot showers before dinner...awesome! Tomorrow we will move further along to Black Point Settlement, one of the stops we missed on our way down to George Town.

02/07/2013 | Chuck and Shirley
Britt, on the weather channel has a fellow knee deep in the snow swinging his golf club wearing shorts tee shirt and hat ,enjoy the sun.
02/10/2013 | Roger
I am SOOO jealous, sitting here working and looking out at piles of snow. I am also SOOO glad that you are safe and having a ball. Just what you deserved. Absent the picture i would not have believed the haircut.! Take care. Roger
A promise of lighter winds
02/04/2013, Volley Ball Beach, George Town

February 3rd and 4th - Sunday started out to be quite calm, but as predicted the winds picked up in the afternoon. We had made a run to town in the morning before the winds, the trip back was very wet - we had to rinse the salt out of all our clothes and hang them out to dry! We had a lazy afternoon aboard the boat and at dinner time headed in to St. Francis Resort for their Super Bowl Party. There was a huge crowd and they had several TVs set up and served wings and tacos along with drinks during the game. It was lots of fun, but when the lights went out at the stadium, we headed back to our boat, missing the last half - and we're told it was a great finish!

Monday morning Ron made a run across to get propane since we are planning to leave tomorrow. When he returned we had a beer and I was very brave...or crazy and let him cut my hair! It hasn't been cut since Mobile, Alabama in early November. It actually turned out o.k. and hey...it will grow!

Henning, Joanne and Erik (Flying Free) arrived today. They are anchored at Sand Dollar Beach. We made one more trip to the beach for a basket weaving lesson - this is likely my last chance before we leave! Yvonne on Options III (from Midland)has been my instructor.

Change of plans! Since Flying Free has arrived and there is a dance at Chat n' Chill tomorrow night it looks like we'll stay one more day...can't miss a party!

02/04/2013 | Colleen Taylor
Whoa...brave!!! Good thing you had the beer first!! lol
02/05/2013 | pam
only 1 beer!!!
wind or not, still sounds like you're having a great time. Nice basket too!
02/06/2013 | Murray & Catherine
We have been following your blog. Great trip.
02/06/2013 | Bob
Tilley is a pretty good photographer.....!!

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