21 November 2017 | George Town, Exuma
Whisper looks like a sailboat again. After five days on the hard, and two days at anchor she looks more like home... Sails up, dinghy launched, tanks filled. We still have a project list to complete while we are at anchor here in George Town, Exuma, but we are back in the island rhythm at last!
So how did we get from Milwaukee to the Bahamas this year? We left Milwaukee in the Chevy Trailblazer on October 25th heading towards the east coast. Our first stopover in Ohio we got the news that Bill's daughter, Beth, was going into labor with her first child. With only a few hours drive we were in Cumberland MD by 430pm, Charlotte Ruby was born at 3:45pm. We got to celebrate her birth with mom and dad, Toby, as well as deliver the crib from Aunt Jane.
Progressing down the coast, we visited our 2016 boat buddies, Polly and Dave in New Bern, my long time IT pal Deb and her husband, Paul in Savannah, our cruising friends, Gene and Carol, in Richmond Hills. We stopped in Green Cove Springs, FL, to set up our mailbox, then continued on to revisit St Augustine. The next day we had a grand reunion with last year's boat buddies, Kim and Brett, Barbara and Doug at Merritt Island. After all this traveling, we took a break with Bill's sister Mary in Naples for a long weekend.
But that was not an end of the reunions. Karl and Bri offered to store our car for the season so we picked them up at the Miami airport and took them to Ft Lauderdale for a dinner with Brian and Maria. That completed the circle started in Milwaukee last summer where Karl and Bri met Shelly, Brian's daughter. We love love love our small sailing community.
We finally caught the plane to Nassau, and subsequently George Town. We rented a charming beachfront house in George Town while we prepped Whisper for the season. She showed no effects from the hurricanes and only minor effects from the humid environment, we think thanks to lots of preventative maintenance last spring. After visiting a remarkable meat market and several hardware stores, we launched and moved out on anchor.
We were amazed at the small number of boats in George Town, only two dozen, compared to the 500 normally here in January-February. We enjoyed shopping in town with sufficient supplies as well as visiting Chat N Chill with no competition for dock space. We capped our visit with a lovely dink to a gorgeous beach for a hike and a swim.
We are back.