Yet another day in Clarence Town
January 27th Clarence Town, Long Island
We spent the morning working on projects and reading. I cooked a large pot of goulash and re-hung a light fixture.
After lunch we explored the Island directly to our north. We've been ashore there quite a bit but never really looked around much. There is one house who's owner we've met a couple of times. He's from Maine and goes back and forth a few times a year.
We had a nice walk finding a few shells and a couple of sea beans.
A dinner was organized for the evening with Rapscallion providing grilled Mahi.
We had some tuna in the freezer which I chopped along with onions, green pepper, tomatoes and one scotch bonnet. Then I juiced one lemon, three limes and one orange and mixed everything together..a conch salad with tuna instead of conch.
The meal was great as usual. The fish was cooked perfectly. Susan made Bahamian Mac and Cheese and Steve brought a cabbage slaw.
Tomorrow we are hoping to go ashore to the marina and do a load of laundry and hook up to their internet.
Another Day in Clarence Town
January 26th, 2009 Clarence Town, Long Island
The weather is still windy and cloudy and the forecast doesn't show much change until about Thursday. We'll probably stay here until then. In the morning I transferred 10 gallons of diesel from our jerry cans to our main tank and then took off with Barry for the Marina which is about a mile across the harbor.
We took care of business and then spent a few minutes talking to Dave and Mary from "Mon Amie." who have spent the last month or so in the Jumentos and Acklins area. They were very helpful and invited us over sometime in the afternoon to go over things with our charts.
After putting the jerry cans away and lashing them down, we had some lunch and then I dinghied over to talk to Steve for awhile. Barry and Susan had gone into town during the morning and discovered a restaurant that had happy hour specials on food so we made plans to all go back at 4pm.
Barry and I spent some time on "Mon Amie" with Dave and Mary pointing out their favorite anchorages in the Jumentos. They are wonderful people and were very helpful.
Another boat came in and anchored behind us. "Rapscallion II" whom we've met briefly before. They are from Lapeer, Michigan and made the trip down the Erie Canal last summer.
There were five boats represented at happy hour and we had a great time. The food was good and not too expensive by Bahamamian standards. The trip back to "Sapphire" was a wet ride into 3 foot seas and 20 knots of wind, but the evening was worth it.
January 25th Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas
It was windy this morning as expected. We had breakfast and then read for awhile. At about 11am we took off to explore Clarence Town Harbor.
We found some great places to hunt lobster but between the current and the wind decided to wait for another, calmer day.
The six of us hiked two or three beaches sifting through the accumulated trash. There were heart beans everywhere. Barry was throwing them at me and I just stuck them in the pockets of my swim suit. With pockets bulging, the joke was to see how many it took to make my suit fall down. We also found four hamburger beans.
By the time we returned it we were starved and had some left over stroganoff. The morning had been sunny but it clouded up during the afternoon. With no sun it seemed cool with the wind blowing at 25 knots.
This anchorage is interesting in that it is open to the east. There are a few small cays but the reef in front of us cuts out all waves. It's windy and there is a heck of a current but the boat rides comfortably.
We listened to the Spartans come back in the second half to knock off Ohio State. It sounded to me like the second half of the game was the best they've played all year. I always wonder what is said during halftime in the locker room to make such an effect.
It sounds like we will be here a few days, which we knew when we made the decision to stay. There is internet service at the marina in town that we will avail ourselves of as well as a gas station that seems to offer diesel. There are always more beaches to explore so we'll keep busy.
We had seared tuna with wasabi sauce for dinner. We only got a taste on the beach last night and decided to eat all we wanted this evening.