Go State, again!!
04/06/2009, Black Point, Great Guana Cay
Abby, Flying Pig is the name of a boat.
April 5th, 2009 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
The seas were still calm, for the first time this year, so after breakfast we dinghied over to Thunderball Cave to do some snorkeling. We spent quite a bit of time swimming before heading back for lunch. After wasting some time on the boat we took off again exploring some of the Cays to our north and a little more snorkeling.
We finished the afternoon reading. I grilled a pork loin for dinner which we had with some fresh spinach and potatoes. It was nice to be able to get around in the dinghy without getting splashed.
April 4th, 2009 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
We were up at 6:30 am to listen to Chris Parker. There are two cold fronts on their way here and the second may take some thinking about where we want to be anchored.
I made some breakfast for Mom and Anne and we loaded their baggage into the dinghy for the trip ashore to the airport. We arrived a little early and the plane arrived about an hour late so we had a nice time waiting. There were 14 passengers flying out this morning and the plane only held 9. The Company had dispatched another plane for the overflow but it hadn't arrived. Some of the folks were unhappy but there was nothing to do...
Mom and Anne were seated on the first plane and it headed for Nassau. I returned to Isles General where I had left the dinghy and purchased a few vegetables before heading back to "Sapphire."
Kathy almost had the boat cleaned and picked up by the time I got back. We finished up and killed a little time before heading back to the Airport to pick up Matt and Ellie.
Their plane was only about 20 minutes late so our wait was minimal. I loaded up their baggage and headed out on the 2 mile trip to "Sapphire" to unload while the rest of the crew walked to the Yacht Club to nail down the best seats for the game.
I met them a little later and we had 2 hours to kill before game time. Ellie and Matt hadn't eaten so we ordered some food. There was a happy hour in honor of the Final Four games from four to six so we also had some wings and vegetables.
It was interesting watching the game where the majority of the people really didn't care in the least. We had a great time watching our first game of the season.
The water was calm on our 2 mile trip back...
April 3rd, 2009 Sampson Cay to Big Majors
We were up at 6:30 for Chris Parker and had coffee in the cockpit. I worked on the computer for a while the ladies read or worked on crosswords.
At about 10 Kathy, Anne and I went in to the Marina to check out the store again and to pick up some frozen meat.
Anne picked up some trinkets to take home and Kathy found a shirt in the
$10 bin. Nothing much was happening so we returned to the boat and prepared for our move over to Big Majors. Our destination was only about a mile away, but we had to sail about 4 miles out and around an island to get there.
We moved in close to shore for the best possible protection and found a spot next to "Brilliant." There we 21 boats in the anchorage today.
We were planning on heading into Staniel but it was windy until just before dark so we stayed aboard all afternoon. Tom and Susan came over for dinner of Mac and Cheese (Susan) and Fish Tacos. Everything tasted good as usual and most of us ate way too much.
April 2nd, 2009 Black Point to Sampson Cay
After breakfast Kathy set up the printer and we both worked on printing our taxes. We just can't seem to find enough band width to efile so it's the old fashioned way this year. We also got Sam's taxes finished and printed so that Mom and Anne can take them back to the States to mail. Taxes done, we got the boat organized for travel and hauled up the anchor a little after 10. Winds from the Southeast at about 10 knots were advertised but once we cleared the headlands found them to be Southwest at 15 to 20 instead. It was a rolley, not quite downwind ride for a couple of hours. Once we rounded Harvey Cay the seas flattened out some and we made our way into Sampson without and trouble.
We did have a little excitement .... jibing in too much wind, but after starting the engine and altering course, we were able to get things going again without a trip to the bow.
There is nothing at Sampson's Cay except a very nice resort that includes the best marina we've seen this year. There is not much room to anchor but we found a place next to "Solitaire" and got the hook down and set. We were exposed to the south west and spent the afternoon rolling at anchor.
The leftover lobster was turned into chowder which made a nice lunch.
I transferred the 16 gallons of fuel from our jerry cans to our tank, which topped it off, and then went over to the marina to refill them. After lashing them back in place we were in business with a range of over 500 miles.
A little later Mom, Anne and I returned to the resort to look around a little more. There were some nurse sharks hanging around the fish cleaning station that were huge. We picked up some fresh spinach and a cucumber at the store and eventually headed back to the boat to read for the remainder of the afternoon.
I made beef stew for dinner which was a little change of pace. While it was in the over we decided that tomorrow we should have fish taco's but remembered that we had used up the last of our tortillas last week. We called over to Nancy next to us and in a few minutes had an unopened package of tortillas.
After a late dinner, we watched a movie about the life of Harvey Milk.
April 1st, 2009 Black Point, Exumas
I ran to shore for a load of water before breakfast while Anne took off with Susan from "Brilliant" to go for a walk. When she returned we had something to eat and then all of us returned to shore and headed north out of town where there is a trail to some small beaches on the eastern side of the Island. It was probably a mile and a half each way and by the time we returned to town it was time for lunch. There was a crowd a Lorraine's and it looked like we were in for a wait so I went back to the boat and picked up our computer.
It was slow but eventually we were able to answer our emails and post the latest Blog entries. Anne was able to chat with Ellie about the do's and don't of the Nassau airport.
We ended up spending most of the afternoon there with friends and loaded up our water jugs before returning to the boat. Jim and Nancy stopped over a little later for a visit and when they left, Tom and Susan motored over.
I boiled a couple of large lobsters for dinner and Kathy made a salad that was perfect.
March 31st, 2009 White Point to Black Point
After breakfast we weighed anchor and headed north to Black Point. "Solitaire" was behind us about a mile after beginning their day in Little Farmers Cay. We arrived around noon and anchored among friends. "Brilliant", "Veranda", "Inamorata", Lapidus, were all in the same neighborhood so "Solitaire" and "Sapphire" joined them.
We had some lunch and a little later Mom, Annie and I went to shore and walked around town for a while. We made the mandatory stop at Lorraine's for a beer and some sodas and then walked down to the grocery for some eggs and butter... except there was no butter. Anne and Mom did find some T-shirts however that were nice.
Everyone wanted to get together in the evening for a party but there were too many of us for a boat and there really aren't any good beaches here. Tom spoke with the Chief of Police who granted us permission to use their gazebo at Regatta Park. All of the little towns in the Bahamas have a park on the shore to view their annual sail boat race. The one in Black Point is very nice and has a reasonably sound dock.
Scorpio's (a local sports bar) was advertising a happy hour so a few of us loaded up our computers and stopped there on the way to the party. I needed to download some tax forms and their internet access is considerably faster than Lorraine's. In a few minutes I had what I needed and in a few more our taxes were finished.
There was a turnout of about 50 sailors at the party, half of whom we knew from our travels. I spent quite a bit of time talking to a couple from Traverse City who were interesting.
Kathy and I ate enough to call it supper but Mom and Anne made a sandwich when we retuned to the boat.
We watched some video before calling it a day.
04/01/2009, Black Point, Great Guana Cay
March 30th, 2009 Big Majors to White Point Exumas
After coffee and a breakfast of French toast made with coconut bread, we wasted some time on crossword puzzles and weaving. There seems to be no reason to hurry. We weighed anchor around 10 am and headed south for
White Point which is about 12 miles away. Motor sailing to the west for a few miles, we were soon able to make the angle to our destination with tacking.
The anchorage was empty so we tucked in as close to the southern end of bay as possible to give us a little relief from the southern wind and a small chop.
We had some lunch and then hauled out the snorkeling equipment. It took us a while but we eventually found a few coral heads to explore. Dave sent us an underwater camera so both Anne and I took some shots. Who knows how they will turn out?
Back at the boat we rinsed off on deck, picked up some shoes and headed to the beach for a walk. We didn't find any treasures but I did score three of the palm fronds that are used in weaving. Later Kathy got mom going with the cottage weaving industry that seems to have grown from one to three weavers in the last few days.
For dinner I butterflyed a small chicken and planked in on the grill. It was quite good picking up a little smoked flavor from the cherry wood. We had some dressing and I cooked some carrots in butter and maple syrup which although tasty, probably went from nutritious to a health hazard.
We finished the movie from last night before finally settling in to bed.
March 29th, 2009 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
We had a relaxing day on the boat. Anne found room on board to walk a couple of miles on deck. I spent the morning going through our mail, first sorting and then actually taking some action....regrets to Whitney on her wedding invitation, vessel documentation renewal, and taxes.
I've been worried about our taxes all winter but after calculations were finished we actually are going to get a small refund ... for the first time in ages. It's the only bright side of losing money.
We had a late breakfast of my now famous Cheese Grits and poached eggs after which Kathy began weaving lessons. By the time we were ready to go ashore the basketball game was on so we remained on the boat. Between, ESPN sports updates phone calls to Lansing and Sam's text messages we managed to keep up on the game. Knowing this team as we do, no one on board breathed very easily (regardless of the lead) until the game was in the books.
Anne wanted a photo of swimming pigs so we went ashore for close ups then motored down to a couple of small beaches to search for the correct palm fronds. We wandered around for a while exploring before heading back to the boat.
Kathy made drinks around to toast the Final Four Spartans while I got some baked potatoes in the oven. I cut some mahi into fingers which were dredged and then sautéed and Kathy put together a salad. We ended up with a great meal.
Anne crashed... too much sun and fun, but the remainder of our group watched some video before calling it a day.
March 28th, 2009 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
Our morning was spent with continued cleaning. Among other things, I vacuumed the carpets and upholstery while Kathy dusted and scrubbed. We fired up the generator and heated some water to do the dished and shower. Finally, "Sapphire" was as clean as she was going to be... and much cleaner than she has been for months.
Shortly after noon, we dinghied to Staniel which is about 3 kilometers a way from our anchorage. Our fist stop was Isles General to drop off an empty propane tank that Burkie will fill as soon as the mail boat brings him some gas. Since we will be in the area for a couple of weeks it really doesn't matter when it gets filled.
From there we retraced our steps to the public beach, hauled up the dinghy and walked over to the yacht club to waste some time and have a beer. The Yacht club was all decked out for one of their big parties... this time it was "Bond Night", poker night with the label of Casino Royale. A portion of the Bond movie "Thunderball" was filmed here.
Then it was back to the grocery to see what was available. We ended up with a few vegetables, a frozen chicken, some egg noodles and a few other things that looked good.
From there we walked over the bridge to the airport terminal which is a rectangular, open gazebo. We sat there for about an hour while four or five golf carts pulled in, either meeting the plane or delivering passengers. Finally after three or four false landings the proper plane landed and Mom and Anne shoe-horned their way out of the 9 passenger commuter.
Mom and I took the dinghy back to the Yacht Club for a late lunch while Kathy and Anne took the walking tour and met us there in a few minutes. I decided that given the wind and waves it would be best for me to deliver the luggage to the boat and come back for the passengers.
We had a nice lunch, although the place was full and the music was loud. At 4pm or so we made the trip back to "Sapphire" and spent the evening catching up ...
March 27th, 2009 Black Point to Staniel Cay
After coffee we loaded up the dinghy and went to shore with a bag of garbage and our water jugs. I loaded up our jerry cans while Kathy walked the trash over to the garbage trailer located on the government pier. We headed to the grocery where the sign said open. The door was open so we went in and picked out the items that wanted and then had to go look for someone to pay. After a few minutes I found the owner who was happy to come in and collect our money.
After walking back to the dinghy I loaded up another 10 gallons of water before we headed back to "Sapphire."
There were some waves curving around the point and rocking us a little so we lowered the Windbugger, tied down our jerry cans, and weighed anchor for Big Majors Spot around the corner from Staniel Cay. Once we cleared the banks and turned north we were faced with following seas and about 20 knots of wind.
With just the head sail up we rolled quit a bit but we only had about 5 miles to the waypoint. An hour later we turned back east toward the anchorage at Big Majors Spot. We got the anchor down and ended up closer than we'd planned to our nearest neighbor. Later, two large trawlers that were anchored in front of us left so we decided to move ahead to give ourselves a little more swing room.
We spent the afternoon spiffing up the boat a little as well as weaving and reading.
For dinner we used some leftover black beans to make burritos. With a little lettuce, hot peppers, onions and cheese... they really hit the spot.
March 26th, 2009 Black Point Settlement, Exumas
Before breakfast I made a run into the government dock for a load of water and then returned for the transfer to our tank. Kathy cleaned up the now empty staterooms and got the laundry ready to go. At about 10 we headed in to the Laundromat and while Kathy was there I made another run for water.
With our tank full I went back ashore and since we had 30 minutes before the clothes were dry, walked down to BATELCO to pick up a couple of phone cards.
Lorraine's was on the way back so we were obligated to stop and fire up the computers. For the next couple of hours we (Ahem, there was no "we" in the running back and forth), ran back and forth to from there to the Laundry. We had a nice lunch, talked to some folks from Sutton's Bay, and worked on email and getting our blog out for the first time in a week or so.
When Kathy didn't return from the Laundry for a while, I packed up the computers, paid our bill, picked up our coconut bread and wandered back to find her.
Ida had returned and was cutting Kathy's hair on the porch. I packed up the dinghy and talked with "Greta" whom we'd met along the way, while Kathy finished up.
Back at the boat we put laundry away and Kathy made the second berth.... by the way, making beds on this boat is not an easy job... way too hard for me anyway.
With our new phone cards we talked to Abby to find that she is gainfully employed again, and to Mom who is packed for her trip down here on Saturday.
I made some marinara sauce later in afternoon and we boiled some penne for a nice simple dinner. Later we listened to the early NCAA games but couldn't hang for the nightcap.
03/26/2009, Black Point, Great Guana Cay
And yes Sam, we have our own personal writer now. I probably wrote those.
March 25th... Black Point, Exumas
(We made the decision to sail here last week instead of sailing south with "Fine Lion" because the forecast called for the possibility of lots of wind this week that would preclude traveling out in the sound. It was the right choice. Since our arrival, it has been windy every day with sustained winds of 20 to 25 knots with gusts in the 30's. Friday the 27th will be the first day calm enough for us to travel, and that wouldn't have given us enough time to do laundry before our guests arrive on the 28th)
(Also ... I need to mention as well that our faulty usb ports have died a slow death and we don't have the ability to upload remotely through the SSB anymore so blog updates will occur when we have internet access. We are in the market for a cheap, small computer if anyone wants to do some research for us.)
After coffee Kathy cleaned out the refrigerator while I finished my book and tied together a piece of net into a bag for lobsters or conch. At about 10am we hauled anchor and made the 2.5 mile trip north to Black Point and anchored off the Laundry.
I made a trip to the government dock to get rid of some garbage and to get load of water. Back at the boat we had some lunch while loading the water and read for awhile.
During the afternoon we cleaned the cockpit which entailed moving everything around to sweep the accumulated dust, sand and salt. Then we washed the cushions and moved the floor grates to sweep and wash under them.
I packed up all of our fishing tackle and moved it along with our snorkeling gear to the anchor locker where we have the space-now that our beer is gone.
We worked most of the afternoon on a job that should be done more often.
By then it was about 4pm and we read (and wove) until dinner time. I got out some frozen burgers and glazed a pan of onions which we had with about our last can of green beans.
We read and watched a couple of episodes of "Cold Case" before bed.
March 24th, 2009
Our friends here, both old and new, are taking off today for Little Farmers which is about 5 miles south. There is a school fair on Saturday that they want to attend...primarily for the native food.
Jeff and Tess stopped by to say good-by before heading out to do some snorkeling on the way. "Solitare" and "Lapidus" left in the mid-afternoon.
Kathy spent the day washing curtains and cleaning. Her biggest task though was to find places for all the things currently located in our garage... which in our case means the starboard berth. It's where we keep everything that doesn't have a real home...insert for the settee, guitar, dirty clothes bag, extra books, packages of paper towels, spare bedding, etc.
We spent quite a bit of time reading and weaving as well.
March 23, 2009 Little Bay, Great Guana Cay, Exumas
It is still windy here with sustained winds of 20 to 25 knots and gusts higher. We're well protected and comfortable.
Jeff stopped over during the morning for a visit. But most to the time was spent reading.
After lunch we went to shore for a walk and to collect palm fronds for weaving. We were luckier this trip and found quite a few of the correct species. On our way back to the boat we stopped at "Solitare" for a while visited with Jim and Nancy for awhile.
We hung out in the cockpit until dark and then cooked some fish and fried potatoes for dinner.
March 22, 2009 Little Bay, Great Guana Cay, Exumas
Today was windy and going ashore meant getting soaked so we just stayed aboard. I cooked some black beans in the morning. Kathy worked on weaving. We both read quite a bit and I fixed our forward nav. lights that didn't come on last week when I tested them.
"Solitare" invited us over for some games after supper so in the afternoon I made a batch of oatmeal cookies to take along.
We were joined again by "Lapidus" and "Inamorata" and played a game like "Catch Phrase" except everything had to do with songs in lots of different categories.
It was fun as usual....
March 21... Little Bay, Great Guana, Exuma
After coffee we listened to the nets and spoke with Barry and Susan in Cuba for the first time. They sounded like they were having a good time working their way along the coast. After 2 years our radio is finally working like it should. In Thompson's Bay I replaced the wire from the tuner to the antenna and it made all the difference in the world.
A little later we loaded up the snorkeling gear and joined Jim and Nancy for a swim. This is a popular anchorage so we didn't expect much but we did see lots of fish. Kathy and I took the dinghy to the south about a mile and we did find one dumb lobster.
After lunch the four of us went for a hike to the Sound side of the Great Guanna which basically means walking over the hill. Four of five years ago someone had the idea to make a marina in this bay and did millions of dollars worth of excavating just behind the beach. There are roads with lots that offer amazing views of both the Banks and the Sound. At any rate, like many development schemes here, they got about half done and quit. We hiked the beach and then followed one of the roads for a ways before deciding that we'd had enough exercise for one day.
We were invited to "Lapidus" for snacks at 4:30 and were joined by "Solitare" and "Inamorata." We met Larry and Paula at the SSCA Gam last summer, but hadn't met Jeff and Tess before. Our lobster showed up in a dip that Nancy prepared and was excellent. The food was excellent as usual....eventually it started to rain and we all scurried back to our boats to shut hatches.
March 20th... Little Bay, Great Guana Cay, Exuma
After listening to the Nets and a leisurely breakfast we left our anchorage behind Big Galliot Cay for the 12 mile trip north. After 80 miles yesterday... it was a walk in the park. We had made plans to meet Jim and Nancy "Solitare" at Little Bay which is just south of Black Point Settlement. It offers good protection for the northeast winds that are forecast for the next few days.
There were three boats in the anchorage when we arrived so there was lots of room. We had a quick lunch and before long "Solitare" showed up and dropped their new anchor next to us.
We spent most of the afternoon with them catching up on the last three months.
Back at the boat around 4pm we turned on the radio and listened to the NCAA Tournament... and kept it on until after midnight. We didn't get to listen to any of the MSU play by play but the game was updated about every 5 minutes. The play by play was focused on the overtime games that were underway at the same time.
For dinner we made Fish Tacos which consisted of Mahi fingers on Cole slaw with dill tarter wrapped in a tortilla. It was our fist attempt and turned out great.
March 19th Thompson's Bay to Galliot Cay Exmua
We were up at 6am for coffee and listened to Chris Parker at 6:30. The forecast called for light winds with scattered showers and possible squalls...nothing dangerous.
On some days we would delay waiting for wind to sail but this wasn't one of them...We needed to get north. We were underway at 7am with "Fine Lion" close behind. We got a call from "Brilliant" who had sneaked into the anchorage late last night under the cover of darkness. They were planning on following "Fine Lion" to the Jumento's later in the day after reprovisioning.
We had calm sea and no wind while in the lea of Long Island but once we arrived at Hog Cay there is an area where the route takes us just behind a reef where ocean swells are broken into chop. We were taking this chop on the beam so we quickly raised the main for balance. After a few short miles we made it to the Sound where the swells were maybe 6 feet but the period was about 12 seconds... just gently rolling seas.
The wind picked up from nothing to a little ... and we added sail to pick a knot or so of speed during the afternoon. Our plan had been to shoot all the way to Rat Cay where we know that the cut is safe in all conditions. However, we were making such good progress that it appeared that we could make Galliot Cut before dark so we continued.
During the afternoon we listened to updates of the NCAA Tourney. Xm doesn't have the rites to the games proper, but ESPN radio does a good job of keeping up with the games. Broadcasting the close ones live and slipping into normal play by play for a few minutes at a time of high profile games.
We slid by a rain shower at some point and got a little of the salt rinsed from our decks but we really need a downpour to do much good.
At one point we drove through a school of Mahi and had two hit. We lost one hook and the other never really hooked up. There is no room aboard for fish at this point so it was all for the best.
Galliot has the advantage that from there north we can safely travel on the Bank Side of the Exumas.
I had chicken and rice baking during the last hour or so of the trip so when we anchored and got the boat ready for the night dinner was ready.
We listened to basketball until it was bedtime.
March 18th Thompson's Bay, Long Island
I woke up with a stomach ache... maybe too much fun and food last night. We have decided to leave tomorrow morning and have designated today as a work day.
After bacon, cheese, egg and bagel sandwiches for breakfast got to work. My major job today was finishing the repair of the Windbugger. I had glued the propeller together and finished the fairing a couple of days ago and had applied a coat of epoxy primer. This morning I sanded that primer and loaded all my painting stuff on the dinghy and headed for shore to put on the final coat. Having learned for the first coat that thinning was critical, things went much better. It was dry to touch in a couple of hours and I spent the remainder of the morning ... and part of the afternoon, putting everything back together. I re-engineered the system where the two stabilizing lines attach to the boat and hope that I have solved the chafing problem that led to the disaster in the first place.
We had a late lunch and I started the job of rewiring the automatic switch on the bilge pump. Just as I was finishing up... with the cockpit full of tools and the boat a mess, Steve and Kim decided that it was time for a visit. We hurriedly cleared away the tools and picked things up as best we could...
Tomorrow we were splitting up for a few weeks but wanted to finalize some planning for later in the spring. We are planning to spend some time in the Abacos together before making the trip back to the states sometime in May.
Neither of us was hungry so we had some "not-so-good" leftovers for dinner.
March 17th Thompson's Bay, Long Island
Happy St. Patrick's Day.
After breakfast we packed up dirty clothes and our garbage a set out for shore. We hiked through the scrub to the road where we'd left our rental car and then headed for Salt Pond. Our first stop was at the Hillside market so pick up some bleach and to check our vegetables which are usually better than Harding's.
After a stop at Long Island Petroleum, we went to Long Island Breeze and picked up some tokens for the laundry. Our propane tank was there so we paid for it as well. Kathy stayed to start the Laundry while I returned the car to Fox Auto. They gave me a ride back to the trail that leads to the beach where we had left the dinghy.
I took the groceries and propane tank back to "Sapphire" and then dinghied south to Salt Pond, tying up at Long Island Breeze.
Kathy finished the laundry while we both worked logged in to their wifi system to check email and to check some research on the internet. Jackie made some Irish stew and cornbread for their daily lunch special which was excellent. They were planning a pot-luck deck party in honor of St. Patrick that evening at five as well.
We got back to "Sapphire" at about 3pm just in time to welcome "Fine Lion" to the anchorage. We hadn't seen Kim for a few weeks so we dinghied over to say hello and to hear all about here trip to Colorado.
Back at the boat we put together a pesto pizza with a roasted pepper topping and headed back to Long Island Breeze for the party. As usual we met some new folks and touched base with many whom we've me in our travels. The food was excellent. Mike and Jackie provided conch fritters and made a huge batch of green rum punch. They had their ipod plugged into the little band shell next to the pool as well. Everyone seemed to have a nice time.
We headed back to "Sapphire" before dark and stopped at "Fine Lion" to chat a couple of hours more. They are heading south and we had been planning to join them for a week but there are big winds forecast for the area on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of next week when travel on the Sound will be out of the question. Since we need to be in Black Point on Thursday or Friday, we decided that the safe thing to do was to head north before the winds arrived.
We returned to the boat watched some video before calling it a day.
March 16th Thompson's Bay, Long Island
After coffee I headed to the fuel dock in Salt Pond to pick up a couple jerry cans of diesel and one of gasoline. Since I was there, I loaded 15 gallons of water as well. It was a slow trip back with about 300 pounds of liquids but I got there eventually.
While I was gone Kathy made arrangements for a rental car. Fox Auto picked us up at 11:30 and after completing the paperwork, we headed south. Our first stop was the bank a few miles to the south. We've received notice that our bank cards have been somehow compromised... not here but back in the States, and we needed to make a withdrawal before our cards are voided on Wednesday.
Next on our agenda was a trip to Max's Conch bar for lunch. We ended up staying there talking to some folks who are in the process of building a home here on Long Island-living on their boat while they do so.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent touring the northern end of the island. We drove up to the Columbus Monument and Santa Maria Bay at the extreme northern tip of the Island. The last 4 miles were hard on our car, but it was a rental car.
We returned to the boat around 5pm and had some pork fried rice for dinner...