We Move to Middle Pen
23 February 2012 | Hog Cay, Ragged Islands
This morning we took stock of our water and dinghy gas and decided if Passages gave us water as they offered we could stay here until next week. The forecast has changed to less wind on Sunday and Monday, so we think we can probably cross the open channels by Tuesday. We do need to be careful with the dinghy gas. Bud filled the gas can today and has only about a half gallon left in the jerry can.
Two boats left the anchorage at Middle Pen, so Bud thought we'd save dinghy gas if we moved over there since both Passages and Maja are there. So we picked up the anchor and moved. The move went fine, the anchor came up and went down and set in the new spot without a hitch. We checked it with the viewing bucket and the Rocna is completely buried again.
Towards noon Bud, Fuzzy and I went to the beach. I went beach-combing with Ed and Karin on Passages. Bud ended up taking Fuzzy back to the boat as the dog was hot and wouldn't walk anyway. Ed and Karin and I went to the ocean side and looked for sea beans, particularly the striped hamburger beans. Another of the ladies here had told me you had to dig for them now, the ones lying right out were all taken. We took sticks and sort of raked the rows of washed up seaweed. Ed and I each found a hamburger bean, Karin found some sea glass, but no hamburger bean. Some of the cruisers here are constructing a shade house out of found bamboo. They asked us to bring back bamboo from the ocean side. Ed found four large pieces that he tied in a bundle with pieces of rope he found. Karin and I each had two long pieces of bamboo and the 6 to 8 foot pieces we'd used to rake the seaweed. Karin also found a good length of rope. It was a bit of a struggle carrying the long poles on the twisty trail through the brush, but we all managed to bring our bounty back. We left it stacked on the beach for tomorrow's construction.
When we got back one of the locals, nick-named Monkey Man, was going among the boats at anchor selling lobster. Bud bought two big lobsters and five little ones from him for $20. Bud took the whole lobsters, not just the tails, and Monkey Man told him again how to make rice flavored with the lobster fat found in the heads. He also told Bud to take the bottom few inches of the antenna, as there is a good deal of meat there. We're getting a lot of food for our money.
There was another burn party. This time I did get a picture of Fuzzy and the land hermit crab. There was only one out tonight, but it wandered over and climbed in Fuzzy's food dish. Then Fuzzy took note and followed it as it made its way to the bushes behind the clearing. I'll add the picture when I have Internet. I now have about 50 pictures to post, so when I finally get Internet access, I'll be a while.