04/25/2008, 26.40.7N; 77.08.5W
So, we made it to the Abacos and are now working our way north for our eventual crossing of the gulf stream to land back in northern Florida. And yes, there are more beautiful beaches here as well although I must say, we did get spoiled by the Exumas so the Abacos are a bit of a let down from that. The shades of the water are a bit more green so it doesn't have all of the vibrant turquoise hues and the beaches on the ocean side (at least the ones we've seen so far) aren't as nice as the beaches on sound side of the Exumas and of course it's a lot more crowded up here w/ a lot more restrictions on where you can go ashore. Oh well..... But life is good and we'll just have to suffer through this as well :)
Bakers Bay 042208-042608
In the photo you can see the waves comming over the reefs in the cut. We need to go out of that cut, around the little island at the top of the picture, then back in again through a tighter cut. I could take a bit of pounding on the way out, but comming back in is a problem. Tomorrow, 0426, we hope it will lie down enough to make it safe.
04/25/2008, Abacos 26.32.9 N; 77.03.2 W
Marsh Harbour 042108-042208
Michele needed more smokes, so we left the very pleasant beach we were parked at to come to Marsh Harbour. How lovely. They have cars, and horns honking, and all that usless noise. It's not easy integrating back into the real world. I don't think we'll get any growth on our anchor chain from sitting here too long!
The picture doesn't to the harbour justice. There was a ton more boats in here when we came in to anchor. I swear! Took me three times to get a spot that I felt we weren't going to swing into someone. Finally ended up near a boat that was un-occupied (if your going to swing into someone in the middle of the night, an un-occupied boat is the best choice:)
We did take time to hit the grocery store and top off our gas and diesel for the ride north.
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Norman Island 040908-041508
Norman Island. Norman Pond. If you followed us on the way down, these might sound familiar. This just happens to be the most awsome place in all of the Bahamas (at least the part I've seen so far). And we're back! I've chosen the lot where I'm going to build my house...it overlooks the inside of Normans Pond, with a view of the Exuma Sound on one side and a view of the Banks on the other. Who needs a yacht? Fly in (oh yes, Normans has an air strip as well (they used to fly drugs in and out of here) Ooh. what is this bag of white powder floating by??).
Another boat came in while we were here. Now there's 2 of us in here. He parked way down at the other end. No other boats within 200 yards. And I have my choice of 10 or so beaches. And this is the busy season!