19 March 2011 | Elizabeth Harbour
Today we did a lot of walking. First we dinghied over to a beach on Great Exuma Island about 5 miles north of Georgetown. Folks had told us on the cruisers net (VHF channel 72 at 8 AM) that it was the closest beach to Smitty's Pharmacy. It turned out to be a very nice beach. There was a beach access path in from the road. I turned around and took this picture back out into the cove from along the path. The walk to the pharmacy was probably about a mile. Happily they had Bud's medicine, and at about a quarter of the cost in the US. Unfortunately they had only two months' worth, and the script was for three months.
In the afternoon we decided to hike across Stocking Island on a path we'd been told about and walk up to a resort that was supposed to have Internet available (for sale). We carried the computer with us, but figured that was better than risking getting it wet on the dinghy ride to Georgetown. The hike across was pretty short and from the highest point there was a beautiful view of the ocean side and the beach, but my camera battery chose that moment to die, so no photo. It was then further down the beach than the distance we'd come across, until we got to the back side of the resort (the front side is on one of the bays off Elizabeth Harbour). We asked a woman walking along the beach if we could cut through to the resort from the beach and she said we could. She was walking our way so we talked to her a bit about the difficulties of getting Internet access, and especially anywhere that would give you good enough access to use Skype. She said the resort didn't let you Skype, that most places asked you not to and she usually only did it once a week from the Exuma Market (in Georgetown, where we bought our groceries). Since they didn't allow Skype at the resort and that was the main reason we wanted to use the Internet we decided to skip it. We turned around and walked back to the beach in front of the boat. I carried Fuzzy in the doggy pack we have for him because Bud was afraid he was getting too worn out from all the walking.
Since we wanted to talk to our daughter we decided to bite the bullet and dinghy back to Georgetown. We took two bags of garbage (we had all the packaging we'd taken off of our groceries). So we had another walk, Bud to the garbage dumpster for the boaters and me to the store that has a phone you can use for 15 cents a minute to the US. I finally reached Jamie, but the phone kept cutting out, so I gave up after about 10 minutes and 4 disconnects. I am getting so frustrated with the communications! There has got to be a better way to stay in touch!
Oh well, we did have nice walks and saw more of the area.