21 February 2011 | Big Major's Spot, Exumas, Bahamas
We tried to go to town on Staniel Cay in the dinghy but when we got around the point of Big Major’s Spot the water in the cut between the two islands was pretty rough. We want to buy diesel and ferry it across in our jerry cans, so we decided to wait until tomorrow. The wind is supposed to be light tomorrow, and in fact has dropped off this evening.
Since we couldn’t comfortably make it to town we came back and went over towards the pig beach. One other dinghy was already there and the pigs were in the water. Yes, the pigs swim. They come out looking for handouts. It’s OK to feed them but they ask you not to give them meat. We didn’t have anything for them so I felt bad, but they still came up close enough for me to get a good picture. Living on the island and swimming everyday they are both clean and fit. Fuzzy didn’t care how nice they looked; he was growling and wriggling in my arms. I don’t know what he would have done if I’d have let him go, I don’t think he would have swum over to them.
While we were out we went over to the third beach on this side of the island. We let Fuzzy explore. There was a little grove of palmettos with sand paths running through it. Really quite nice. The trees are all small here; it’s a pretty harsh environment. It’s windy and arid and there’s not a lot of soil. I took a picture of Bud walking among the trees, so you can tell how small they are.
This afternoon I finally took a saltwater bath. Getting in was still not easy; it’s chilly. First I snorkeled over the anchor and chain, just to check on things, and all is still well. Then I took off my snorkel gear, shampooed my hair and washed and jumped back in to rinse. I used the cockpit shower to rinse the salt off. I think it worked pretty well, I feel better anyway.
We’re still planning to stay here a while. Hopefully we’ll get to town tomorrow and Wednesday and get some chores done and get Internet access. Then we can stay out here a few more days and not worry about the crossing.