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Another winter in Paradise !!
Queen's Bath
Milly
02/04/2009, Secret Location

Usually we conserve water lol....but this was once in a life time !! The picture does not capture the landscape.

News Flash
15/03/2009, Eluthera

At this time no pictures cannot be posted once again. It takes 20 min to download a picture right now and that is not going to happen (smile). I will play catch up later.

Milly

We are now in the Exumas...internet connection is still very slow...I have story's and pictures but it will have to wait....sorry !!! It is now April 2nd and the cruising has been taken up a notch by more fishing etc. Not much time left so we are enjoying every min (smile). I will leave you with this picture however...this is what happens every night somewhere with cruisers (blowing the conch shell ) at sunset and its usually followed with sundowners...

Off Shore
15/03/2009, Eleuthera

Sailing folks is not all Peaches and Cream

5:30 AM: Alarm goes off....very little sleep and for a sec. I thought that it was my wake up call for work. Not a good feeling (smile). Also the spicy Italian sauage wasn't sitting good from the night before but by now we all have an itchy ass and the cut is calling. No breakers to be seen anywhere and Froya is calling on the VHF as they have no clue as to where the hell we are ! Thank god they had lots of sleep because unknown at this time but they are getting none tonight.

Five boat's head out the cut and we are behind...we planned it this way knowing that Rainbow would catch up and leave some behind....our weather report tells us 15-20 knots but this is not the case . For the first 2-3 hours winds are about 8 knots on the stern, Going nowhere fast and we are of course getting farther behind. Waddleing along in 6 ft seas is a tad rolly but I'm feeling pretty good.
I don't remember much after 2 :30 that day lol. These 6 footers were ok but 10 no...I didn't like them much at all. Somewhere after the last radio check with Froya at 2 everything changed rather fast....I saw only a bucket for a couple of hours.
Skipper was ever so good and brought me a cool cloth for my forehead and takes time out to help me to manage to climb into the port berth on top of the fowl weather gear, back packs and everything else we have stored there. I don't recall the pictures being taken and when I did wake up I thought for a sec that it was all a nightmare. Skipper tells me that in another hour or so we will be at Royal Island and that very soon we can expect calm waters after comming around Egg Rock.This turns out not to be the case, we left the rollers behind us only to be beating into the wind at around 25 knots. We were fine in the chop and spray but Froya was not and could make no head way. They took down all sails (mistake) and looked to drop anchor. It is getting dark now and we are finally heading into the harbour looking behind us for Froya. John calls us on the VHF and tells us that they are out there for the night. I once again had tears in my eyes....Molly & John have beome like our kids over the last month. ( I don't think they like that term . smile) but we have bonded sooo much over the last few weeks. They met Richard about a week before I came on the scene. Anyway's my being seasick is soon forgotten and we sit here feeling terrible about being able to do nothing for them ...but on the plus side we all know that tomorrow is another day and that they will have a good story to tell....they are good sailors and sometimes out here Mother Nature is not so kind but we will all learn how to play....

good eating
15/03/2009, Rock Sound



We had only planned on being here for a day but once again the island folk captured us for day's. The friday night cook off and dance will be in my memories for years to come. The sauce on the ribs was to die for....even Talley Man will have a hard time to beat that....
We also went to the other side to meet Ashley mom (met Ashley at the dance) whom operates a nice little restaurant with wrap around beaches and miles of sea beans to be found. Rosa was also a delight just like her son
It is now mid March (god only knows what day smile) but we are truly leaving for the Exumas tomorrow. Froya will stay here a day or two (they met up with friends here ) but we will meet them again in the Exumas. We are off on our own for a while....






Fun In The Sun
15/03/2009, South of The Cow & Bull

This picture say's it all (smile).
Boy's will be Boy's

Current Cut
calm
15/03/2009, Glass Mirror



We went through the current cut today....and yes there is current there ! We were only able to make about 1.5 knots. We had a 5 knot current against us. We also touched bottom but just for a min. Molly & John had to make two attemps to make it through but at the end of the day we all figured we were in Paradise (smile). We had an amazing beach to ourselves and Skipper enjoyed this anchorage for days. We all did...we had camp fires, full moon, hikes over the bridge but best of all for Skipper was the dinghy rides to the bridge playing chicken with the big waves that came over. We end up playing with waves the next day as well just south of the Cow and the Bull.

$300.00 Grocery Bill
Milly
15/03/2009, Spanish Wells



Once again we were royally treated to some fine hospitality. We had some folks pick us up in thier golf cart and they gave us a tour of the town. The man was orginally from Cherokee... The grocery store got a large part of our cruising kitty as well (smile). We are now provisined well and heading out

Friends are Safe
15/03/2009, Royal Island

Royal Island

John and Molly arrive in the harbour tired from the bumpy night but still smiling. We had drinks all around and decide to take it easy for the day with no energy for exploring. We are now in Eluthera and we plan on enjoying a few places before we head over to the Exumas.
Royal Island was beautiful to explore....I feel quite sure that you will not be allowed to get off on shore here in the near future, they tell you to come on shore at your own risk right now but like a lot of other projects in the Bahamas this one has been put on the hold. The old mansion that once sat on the plantation will be renovated but the island itself will become a golf course and who knows what else will be found here. I sat on the steps overlooking the old gardens and close my eyes pretending to be back in the day....

Motor Sail
15/03/2009, Lynyard Cay

Motor-Sail in the moonlight !

Today we had to move across the way to Lynyard Cay again to get out of the swells. At dusk we are seven boats with five having dinghy's on board preparing for take off at 1st light. At about midnight Rainbow decides once again that she has had enough time on the hook and I feel the first slap of water before the anchor alarm goes off. I'm out and ready at the engine...Talley Man (Skipper) is right behind and at the bow in no time. It's dark and right away I knew that there is no way that we are going to be able to get the hook back down in this little cluster _uck. Remember I'm still new at moving Rainbow and yes she spins on a dime but I want no part of this. Soooo off we go somewhat following the moon path on the water. I pat myself on the shoulder here as I truly enjoyed steering us back into the Bight of Old Robinson for the night. I had respect for the shallow water but I also enjoyed the adventure I was on...I should add here that although it was a good time for me Talley Man had to haul 100 ft of anchor chain and 50 ft of line to pull us up that night because we had the bruce anchor set up with no windlass. Somehow I manage to drive us right over this mess just perfectly and in no time we were on our way. The other boats were just a tad too close lol but we made it ! I won't add here the little part that I had played in this adventure a couple of hours earlier that probaly caused us to come off the hook in the first place...(smile) but I will say that it will never happen again !!!!

Exploring
Balmy
15/03/2009, Cherokee Island

Cherokee Sound

The settlement of Cherokee Sound itself I found very unusual in that everyone had fences and gates around thier home. The grocery store was very clean, friendly, and well stocked. We had a good time on our adventure here and I will remember how friendly the foks were but also how pecuilar it was with all the fences....maybe the gates and fences were there to keep thier gardens spotless as all the yards were very clean. I know one thing I certainly hitch-hike in this town again.


Hitch Hiking
Feb. 29
12/03/2009, Day Two...Bight Of Old Robinson

We are moving no where today and we need supplies again. Eggs & bread are on top of the list. The guy's have tinkering to do today(there is alway's a list) and us girls figure we will go into Little Harbour and hitch hike either to Cherokee Sound a little south or noth to Marsh Harbour a lot farther north. I just know that Molly and I are on a different sort of adventure today....You can see from the picture that Molly is dressed for the day, thank god that it didn't rain, we set off in high spirits figuring on walking for many miles, we had already decided that I would do the talking once someone came to a stop. Molly actually speak's better English than I do but but she felt that I should do all the talking.
We get about a mile up the road and a truck comes along..I get in the front of the truck and take the cigerette offered (yes I am going to buy smokes as well ) damn filthy habit that it is....anyway it turns out that this fishing guide probaly caught the maui maui that we ate at petes pub the day before. He is on his way to Cherokee so that's where we are going. We were told that we could get no booze at the grocery but everything else on our list was there and it was. Molly and I have not been in a vehile for a while and I have to tell you the ride seem awful fast but the 1/2 way return ride was a hell of a lot faster (smile). We ended up in a pan of a pick up truck hanging on to a tool chest for dear life while the guy's inside were on a thrill of their own. We got dropped off on the dirt road and along come to older men from Ketucky whom are down here babysitting thier kids cottages for the winter. These guys enjoyed talking to us sailors and asked us many questions about our boats and where we were heading next....I have learned to say by now that wherever the winds blows us. (smile)
We were back on our boats by !:30, just in time for lunch...turns out the guy's had a productive day as well...

Missing Boat !!!
Tad Windy !!
12/03/2009, Little Harbour

Finally....I have heard so many story's about this place and now I have my own (smile). Unknown to me at this time but we will also be waiting here for the winds to change so we can have a smoother crossing over to Eluthera.
We are anchored just outside in the Bite Of Old Robinson ( our draft is 6 ft. ) and we do not want to have to wait for high tide to make an exit out of Little Harbour so we will put up with a little rolling tonight.
It was a wet dinghy ride into the pub but once there a good time was had by all. I will talk about Pete's Pub in another post so I can give it the justice its due...
This story is about arriving back to the mother ship....coming around the point from the pub we knew we had a problem lol.We could only see one mast and we are buddy boating, one of us is in deep shit. There were a few intense moments to follow and than we had a good laugh...because even though Rainbow decided to drag again all was well. We got her back on the hook before the lighting storm hit. John and Molly were not so lucky...Freya (buddy boat) decided to drag in the peak of the storm. There was nothing that we could do but watch them get the hook back down while we sat back dry and warm praying that the anchor alarm doesn't go off...Rainbow behaved throughout the night as she had done her galavanting for the day.

Beach Day's
Beautiful
07/03/2009, Day Two @ Leonard Cay

We are waiting here for the winds to change so that we can anchor in The Bite Of Old Robinson outside of Little Harbour. Today Molly and I worked on our drift wood project that we plan on leaving at Boo Boo Hill in Warderick Wells once we reach the Exumas. We thought at first that we leave it here on Leonard Cay with our master piece but probaly a bad idea since this beach is private. We have enjoyed ourselves here and apart from from all of our gathering of garbage and our creation we have only left our foot prints and fond memories.

Dragging
07/03/2009, Leonard Cay

Just as the charts tell you folk's there is plenty of grass on the bottom here so set your anchor alarms and be prepared to move in the middle of the night, after-all, isn't that when we all drag lol.
We have had a good time here on the beach... sea-beaning and building our own piece of art from all the floatsam to be found. The four of us (buddy-boating) comb the beach for hours and I like to think we started something here that can be builded on. We plan on coming back here in a month or so to see if this master piece has been added on to by other sailors.

Good Food- Good Times
Cold
22/02/2009, Rainbow @ Marsh Harbour

Nothing like stew on a cold night....went into the 60's.

We had friends on board tonight and between the Capt & myself we soon whipped up a fine meal. Thanks to sailor friend Marilyn's recipe on dumplings we had one heck of a hearty meal.

Look for yourself....

Went Aground
18-25 knots
22/02/2009, Hope Town- Lighthouse In Sight

OOPS...

No....the lighthouse wasn't that close or at that angle and really at the time it felt like it was a loooong way's away. We thought we might be in for an overnighter but at high tide we soon moved off.

We have anchored outside of the mooring field and we are actually very close to the lighthouse... this light house was build in 1863 and to this day it's still lit by a kerosene-fueled mantle, and a huge rotating glass freanel lens to send a beam of light which can be seen for 20 miles. It is manually lit in the evening. I am hoping to be there the next time this is done. I hear that it is possible. Can't be too many lighthouse left where this is still a ritual everyday....

No doubt....Hope Town is a must see in the Bahamas, it's pretty charm is still untouched by developers.


Dinghy Docks
balmy
14/02/2009

As far as dinghy docks go this one I will alway's remember. It is as crooked as the day is long....I have tried to capture this in the picture but it did not work well butttt I do like the picture so I will share.
Imagine climbing up and before drinking (not that I drink much smile)you fell a little tipsy. Actually I know a few people that would not have walked this one !!!

Exploring...
Sun is Shinning
14/02/2009, Back To My Roots (this place makes me feel like that)

In the picture below I have tried to capture some of the culture here that is alive and well. It reminds me of my childhood and all the scenes that were taken for granted at the time.
We did buy fresh fish for dinner tonight and enjoyed it with a young couple Molly and John from Norway....This too has been a wonderful day. Sailing is about sooooooo many thing's !! The comradiere found out here and the sharing with others makes for one hell of a good time.

A sailors right of passage
18 knots...broad reach
14/02/2009, Nipper's

I discovered Nipper's today....

One of the things us sailors like to do is to find all the bars we have been reading about in sailor mags. Marsh Harbour allows a sailor to island hop and in no time at all you are at another Cay.....
The sail over here was very fast and Rainbow did reach 8 knots jst to impress me I'm sure (smile) This bar Nipper's is a delight and every sailor should find there way here !!! The ocean view is breathtaking.....
My picture for this post however will be of a charming little home that you pass when walking around Gunana Cay. I can stay here for many day's and bond with my camera..... In this picture I am in love with the window....

Doesn't Get Better Folk's
35 knot winds....
14/02/2009, Abacos

I arrived here in the Abacos in 35 knot wind's. Thing's have calmed down but the cold front did last for 6 day's.
Life is good....this picture say's it all !!! It was taken on the beach at Guana Cay. We did manage to pull up anchor but we are moving no where fast. Although Rainbow can kick ass under sail right now she is being very patient !!!! Our sailing plans is to explore the Abacos and than over to Eluthera and than back to the Exumas.....from there only time will tell. I am not ready just yet for any big passage but Rainbow is talking to me and she does want me along for the ride !!She has travelled far and wide and I know that she can take me places that I have so far only dreamed about.
I should add here that Windigo has also been very good to me and I do miss her dearly but as Skipper would say nothing ventured, nothing gained Milly.

RainbowRide
doesn't matter (smile)
10/02/2009, Abacos

I have met someone down here in Paradise and right now I have to take a little break from my blog.I am truly in unchartered waters and living life just the way it should be. I have never been happier....and yes when we pull up the anchor there will be many places that I will take you. Right now its my ride hahahahahah. However RainbowRide (new boat) is getting an itchy ass to get back out there. I will tell you all about her and the Captain very soon....

Milly

UNCHARTERED WATERS
THE WINDS ...THEY ARE ACHANGING
03/02/2009, SECRET !!

Thas blog been bought & paid for (smile) and most of you know that I am not wasteful soooo it will not be shut down, however, there shall be a pause here (a few day's) as I am venturing out into unchartered waters. I will be very busy for the rest of this week just chill'n and becomming focused again but you will hear back from me soon and I will start with Part Two of my adventure.

SMILES

Milly

Pretty Picture
Balmy Day
22/01/2009, Secret Location

This time I choose the picture before I decided what to do for my post. They say a picture is worth a thousand words....need I say more.

Speaking of 26 footers...
Milly
22/01/2009, Staniel Cay

On a normal day we are the smallest boat at any achorage but this morning after we all came out of our Hidey-Holes we found ourselves anchoring next to a 23 footer. The boats name is Peanut. It is hard to beleive sometimes that Windigo is so small !!
I know most of you heard this already but I will say it one more time (smile) , when I do get my own boat it will be called Squirt and I can't imagine that she will be much bigger.....butttt who knows what is on the horizon.

Lucky Us
local squall on the way....
22/01/2009, Anchorage @ Staniel Cay

Glad to be at anchor for this squall that is approaching and yes we have wi fi on mother ship !!!!
We were not so lucky a couple of days back when we left Black Point and I have to tell you although we were ready for the squall, and had everything batted down, it still wasn't a pretty picture. Imagine gust of 30-35 knots , waves too big for the outboard, in a 26 footer and going nowhere.We took 5 hours to get into a anchorage that should have taken us 1 and 1/2 hours. Windigo was not moving at all for about two hours.

All of that aside its better than this poor bugger ! The coral went right through the boat.

Pig Beach
Milly
22/01/2009, Staniel Cay

We create little garbage on our trip and we do share !!! We had a lot of fun with our new friends (smile).

Now I really have to go....looks like a squall comming in and we are at the Yacht Club. Maybe I will get wi fi on Windigo , we are not anchored very far from here. It's nice to have a swing keel. We can get in close .


Bread Again ...
winds have died down...
22/01/2009, Staniel Cay

We are out of our Hidey-Hole and back in Staniel Cay. We need bread again ! Mailboat arrived and we need food before heading north back up the chain. I went back into the blue store and also found a chicken in the bottom of the freezer. This will be cooked in a pressure cooker as there is no oven and we have one burner. It will be stuffed with an apple and seven seas spice with potatoes and carrots. The potatoes will be also used for homefries in the morning and the left over chicken will be good for chicken alfredo tomorrow night . We don't just make do out here we eat well however if someone has a bread recipe for a pressure cooker pls come forward now....please.

News Flash
Milly
20/01/2009, Hidey-Hole

At this time if a internet is found it could take hours to download one picture. Skyping is out the question....blog will be on the back burner for a week or so but know that I am writing for my blog and pictures and videos I am taking.... As soon as I arrive back in Nassau (around the 1st week of Feb ) I will be doing sub albums of settlements visited and I will have a story or two.....PROMISE

Right now its time to go exploring...the winds are out of the west at 25, mother boat is going no where but the dighy has a itchy ass and the sun is shinning !

Treasure On The Beach
Winds N.E. 17-25 Knots
17/01/2009, Black Point

Perfect day for finding sea beans... I found one and it will be for my daughter whom has a birthday today. Happy 25 Sarah. I tried & tried to call you but skype is not working but I have been thinking of you lots.
Here is a picture just for you of my treasure that I found. I found the sea bean in the morning on a beautiful beach at Black Point.

Safe anchorage for now
motor weather & muggy
16/01/2009, Black Point....Jan 15th

We will spend a few day's here in Black Point waiting out a cold front that is bringing winds 17-25 Knots out of the N.E. This is a great place to do laundry. I do the sheets and heavy towels here, my little scrub bucket for everyday clothing just doesnt cut it lol.
This is not a tourist town (thank god ) although it is one of the larger out island settlements. There is a clinic and a jail, one cop with a little station. About a 100 souls live here and they are ever so friendly. The best coconut bread can be bought at Lorraines Cafe. There is also a book exchange and Wi Fi. I like to do my internet at Scorpios just across the street.
This settlement is also know for its sailors whom compete at sailing events throughout the year in thier beautiful Bahamian Sloops.
We will move on from here in a few day's as Black Point will offer us no protection from winds comming in from the west.

P.S. Happy Birthday D.....and yes I too celebrated your birthday today. I made your cookies last night from the recipe you gave me 2 years ago. If I had only known how good they were (smile).

Feeding Sharks
muggy day....dead calm
16/01/2009, Compass Cay....Jan 14th

Trust me the video is even better !

This is another beautiful place to explore and we will. This time we only brought the dinghy over from Staniel Cay but we know that next week we have wind comming in from the west so with the aid of the hand held dept sounder we are also here looking for a little hidey-hole.We will than explore.....

Another Dinghy Ride
Calm & Sunshine....Jan 12th
13/01/2009, Sampson Cay

Once in the Exuamas another Cay is just around the corner and quite often we visit by dinghy and spend the day. This afternoon we went to Sampson Cay looking for fruit & veggies. Sampson Cay has a lovely store and I did find tomatoes this time lol. As you can see from the picture this is a beautiful place and yes we are going to anchor in here one night soon and have a looong shower in the spotless washrooms.

Grocery Shopping
80's & Sunshine
13/01/2009, Staniel Cay....Jan 12th

We had breakfast at the Yacht Club today before setting out for provisions. Breakfast was not up to par, nor was the service. I would still like to eat dinner here one evening as the menu does entice me however,I do not like spending money where the service sucks. I can understand why everything is so expensive here but top that with bad service and I am not a happy camper !
On a happier note I love grocery shopping here at Staniel Cay...you have a few choices, the pink store, the blue store, and the general store. There is not much point in going however unless the mail boat has arrived. We have to wait until Wednesday for that to happen.The good news is we won't starve (smile). Shopping like this reminds me of my own childhood. I would go with my Mom getting groceries after the steammer arrived from the mainland to the outports of Newfoundland.As soon as I saw the steammer comming in the harbour I run home and off we go....no different here and the shop keepers are quite friendly and helpful !

Take only photos & leave only footprints
Milly....Jan 10th
12/01/2009, Exuma Land & Sea Park, Warderick Wells

We left Normans Cay at 8 AM with winds out of the east at about 14 knots. We had intended to sail on to Staniel Cay (as we need supplies) but after 4 hours of choppy seas we decided to pull into the park. This is another place that one needs to explore for day's. I feel cheated somehow...comming in here for just the night but our intentions are to circle back once we have provision again.
We arrived at 2 pm and soon as soon as we picked up the mooring ball we were greeted by two little finches that landed on board and made themselves at home, quite the welcoming party!After getting Windigo in order we went into the park headquarters and sat on the porch for a while and chatted with other sailors...I also fed the birds as you can see from the short video. The best pictures are also taken in the Park as you shall see ....PROMISE !!
When we come back in a week or so we shall enjoy this beautiful place to the fullest !

Gunk-holing
Day after day of sunshine
12/01/2009, Normans Cay...Jan 9th

We were in the dinghy for hours and hours again today. Gunk-holing is a favorite pasttime. We explore beach after beach and often we tow the dinghy over sand bars to explore another creek. In Normans Cay you never know what you will find....I did find a pot of gold here ( hehe ) but not the treasure that one would expect to find. Farther more what happens at Normans Cay stays at Normans Cay.
I was told a story the other night about a couple walking through the mangroves and they came upon an old pilots head set, they took it back to the plane wreck and just droped it. A few days later a couple of young kids found it while snorkeling and noone would beleive them. Hundreds have dove on the site and everything has long been gone....but while I am here I shall pretend that I too will stumble upon something from yester years. Normans Cay is just that type of place ! The buildings that are left over carry a mystery of their own. On a full moon I can actually pretend that I am at one of the wild partys that had to have gone on here. Actually there are many storys about these shenanagans... and yes I do have quite the imagination !
Tonight was our last meal at Mcduffs for a while , but I will be back (smile). We were served the best conch fritters in the Bahamas , tasty, tasty....compliments of the house I might add !!! This did not make them better lol, they were just done right ! The folks here know what they are doing and hopefully they are here forever.
Mcduffs is also know for the green flash at sunset, I did not get to see this, this time around so I have to come back again lol. Last year I missed the green flash by talking too much or is that just my excuse to keep returning ! Only time will tell....

Exploring
sunshine
12/01/2009, Normans Cay....Jan 8th

Today I found sand dollars in abundance....sadly just a few made it back to the boat. They are such fragile little buggers.
We also did a lot of snorkeling over the plane wreck, (story has it this plane came down in the 70's). This was at the peek of the drug smuggling days. The site just gets better with time , each year there is more coral. I will get some video on this site in the next few days. It is very hard to download pictures and video at this time as the internet sites are not the best. We do have enough video now to make our own movies lol.

Normans Cay
Milly
12/01/2009, Exumas...Jan 7th

After snorkeling and visiting our 4 legged friends we decided to haul anchor and head down to Normans Cay in the afternoon. It was very calm and no wind so it was a motor sail all the way.
It was so nice to see our friends here at Mcduffs and we did stay at the bar until wee hours of the morning after an excellent dinner. This is after all in my opinion the best restaurant in the Exumas and I should know a thing or two about that. This restaurant is a little out of the way but quite out of the ordinary. We plan on spending a few days here ....there is sooooooo much to do and see ! Any pictures that I post here cannot do it the justice that it deserves.

FED- EX anyone
Gorgeous Day
11/01/2009, Allens Cay....Jan 7th

First of all..... dont you think that the Iguanas in the last post are the best looking creatures that you ever seen ? I have to tell you they have a mean bite as well.
Back to this post.....Fed -Ex at Allens Cay. Well almost (smile). After visiting the Iguanas we came back to the boat with a parcel wrapped around the rudder. It even came with a parachute ! Curtesy of U.S. goverment. It was a weather beacon measuring wind speed. We have to drop this off at the first mail box we see. Quite the pkg. in the middle of nowhere !

Allens Cay
15 knot winds NE....Sunshine
11/01/2009, Exumas...Jan 6th

I truly remember what I love about sailing. We were on a broad reach from Nassau all the way to Allens cay. The sound of the water and the wind in the sails. There is nothing else !
We left Nassau at 8:30 am (late start) and arrived at Allens Cay around 4:30 pm. The yellow Banks were a breeze. I actually steered with just my big toe through a large part of the coral heads. Skipper was at the bow taking pictures. I remember last year crossing the banks and being terrified of ending up on one of the coral heads.
It was a beautiful sail and we decided to take down the sails early as we seen rain up ahead. Our foulies came out anf everything was batten down.The rain came sure enough and with it the most amazing rainbow.It was about 50 yards of our port side and at the end was the pot of gold....Allens Cay was lit up with beautiful colors. This truly was an amazing sight. No picture, but I really don't need one (smile) as I shall never forget !
P.S. can't wait to visit our 4 legged friend's tomorrow !

Farewell Nassau
Milly
04/01/2009

I am excited to be finally getting back out there. The only sound will be the wind in the sails. There will be no city noise, light pollution, internet, or any schedule (not that there is one now lol ). I will be moving into gin clear waters and one white sand beach after another and yes I wish to explore each and every one ! This is where one gets to really shut down and you can be at one with oneself.

I do promise you great footage at the end...

In a couple of weeks I shall find a settlement with internet and I will post like mad on my blog. The adventure is finally beginning.

Bye for now

Milly

Conch Man
Milly
03/01/2009, Nassau

In a earlier post I promise I would get back to my neighbour on the anchorage.This morning mother nature decided to be my friend and so did Westly. I finally captured this man on video, and he gave me his life story, (what a hardworking man ). You will see what I mean...now I just have to figuredout once again how I am going to post this for you guys. Camera no. 1 has a broken screen, I can still use it and do however I will be now using my underwater video camera so I have my work cut out for me. I have to learn all over again how to use it. Anyhow better now than when I start snorkeling in the Exumas !
I have discovered after a few hours of work (smile) that I have to downsize the video, it is now evening... you will get another picture for now but know that I am back to working on the video tomorrow. Good night my friends.....

The Last Man Standing
Milly
03/01/2009, secret location

This goes out to my ski buddies. You guys would love this place. A mickey will cost you 2.50 and beer is even cheaper .You would carry me out for about 4 bucks lol.
I really enjoy Herb the owner as well. His name says it all. I have had a few good times hanging out over there. The neighbourhood has kept my camera very busy. Camp David is also just down the road. I have pictures which I won't post on here but you will see them in due time. Poverty is around you but there is also so much beauty. I have pictures of the ladies filling up thier water jugs after dinner and they were dancing and singing as this was going on. I asked if I could video them but as soon as I started they were not natural anymore, however I shall treasure my experience forever.
I have explored Nassau inside & out over the past 2 years and everyday I find more to see.

Happy New Year
A little cool
03/01/2009, Nassau

Happy New Year Folks !!!! I guess I should also say Merry Christmas here (smile)

I have been very busy...that happens here in Nassau. We are now finally ready to go. The window looks good for Monday. We will be off to the Exumas at last !
This week my friend /boss has been down here staying at Paradise Island. Just left her on the other side....her flight leaves in a few hour's, and they are going back to cottage country . Believe me the boat is now packed to the gunnels from all of thier left overs in the condo. We have now have treats for months. A special thank you to the Hurst family and also to Ian and Dorothy back home for adding to the care pkg. Santa did come !
The picture below had all good intention's (smile). I am now soooo far behind on my blog , however, the next couple of day's I will play catch up . I left off looking at a beautiful 36 ft. CS sailing vessel that would have been great for chartering. The deal is not going to happen....I need the right person at my side, I can't do it on my own, I wish I knew more about diesel engines....Focus is a pretty boat and I do like the name.

Capt Milly
29/12/2008, Nassau

I will be busy for a few day's checking out this boat that I heard about from Capt Ralph. I will keep you all posted and wish me luck (smile). If I can find a way it will be mine for a fine price....what will be even better is that if I can pull it off I will be looking forward to visitors from Canada ! This boat sleeps six very comfortably and the cockpit is massive. It needs some TLC but would be a great boat to charter out . Keep all your finger's crossed folk's. In the picture I am trying on the cap just for size.....
Skipper might have to leave for the Turk's, ( I don't think there is any room in the plan's for me ). I do not want to come home, therefore I have to find another boat.Nothing ventured,nothing gained ,just as the saying goes....

My neighbour
Milly
23/12/2008, Nassau

My neighbour's name is Wesley. He is very quiet but waves anytime he is going on his boat. In the morning I watch him get ready for his day's work....he sales starfish and conch shells down at docks where the crewship's come in. I am actually going to continue on this blog a little later as I wish to capture him on video when mother nature also decides to be my friend for the day ! He deserves and you guy's deserve to see a little more about his world......

Capt. Ralphs Boat
cloudy day....another front has moved in
23/12/2008, somewhere in Nassau

Tibb's Eve today in Nfld.....Happy Mummering everyone!!!

However, I am here in Paradise on Capt. Ralph's boat and feeling pretty good actually. Nice scenery here at the dock, life is quite different than being moored off in an anchorage.
Marina life versus anchorage... there sure is a different crowd here lol. No one has their laundry on the life lines for everyone else to see , nor do they shower with the solar bag. They have hot shower's just a few feet away..... however, I like life on Windigo. There is a saying that is just one word, it is called KISS. This means keep it simple stupid.
What am I doing you might ask.... well I am sitting here, people watching and living life in the moment. Christmas is the last thing on my mind. Survival of my mind, body, and spirit are the top thing's on my list.
Another big blow out today on the 26 fter that I do love very much. It has small quarters but it has large horizons and Windigo has been good to me ! I'm afraid the 640 Toronto weather report, dating sites, blog sites and crew finder sites kinda got to me. Butttt all of that is ok because that is just what led me to this adventure in the first place. I said in my opening lines "Welcome to my Adventure". Well , I'm not about to let it get boring at this point hehe...
and now I have to live up to my blog and my goal's that I made for myself at the beginning of this journey. Number one goal is for me to fine tune myself. That means my body, my mind, and yes even my spirit. I have to somehow not take this all for granted!!! Being in Paradise with no snow to shovel, no 20 below weather, no icy roads or icy door knob's (like in Edmonton a few night's ago ).Somehow I have to live everyday to the fullest, you guy's might be thinking here that this should be so easy and that I am ever so lucky. Lucky I agree but living every moment in the now takes some doing (smile). I have many decisions to make in the near future and we all know that what I put out there right now will determine where I end up. I am looking forward to the day's ahead and my eyes are wide opened to step into my next adventure .


The picture shown here is Capt. Ralph's boat.....just kidding

Green Parrot
Milly
23/12/2008, Nassau

My favorite bartender in the whole world. Alex is the man.....Green Parrot is the bar. I have known this young man for a couple of year's now and he also knows everything that is going on around here. We are anchored just a few feet from the Parrot and when we come to shore we have to pass through and sometimes we don't get very far !!!
We have met a lot of very nice people in this bar, we have enjoyed the food and music. Right at this min. I am treating myself to a vegetarian quesadillas for more than I can afford lol. This place is very good to the sailor's, it provides a great dinghy dock, good entertainment at timjes, cold beer and people like Alex working it it (smile)...... now I am going to update this blog and get some pictures out there to you folk's or this blog is going to get boring real fast....

Paradise Island Beach
Milly
23/12/2008, Paradise Island

This beach stretches for miles and miles. Any water sport you enjoy can be enjoyed here. On a beautiful day you have all the vendors out selling thier wares, jsut like any other beach in a tourist area. I like to travell on down to the quiet side of the beach and sometimes I wish they would walk all the way down to me and sell me a nice cold drink in a coconut shell but than again it's not in my cruising budget.There are many upperscale resort's along this beach and one night of lodging's is about the same as my cruising kitty for a month !
If I choose to walk over the bridge instead of taking the dinghy across the harbour this walk is about two miles . I can get plenty of excerise in Nassau, being on a sailboat one has to make a point of geting excerise when you can. I love the cruising lifestyle and sometimes I wish Windigo was big enough for me to have a kayak or a canoe on board, once we are out in the outback's although we explore every corner of any cay some of them are very small lol.

Potter's Cay
Milly
22/12/2008, Nassau

Potter's Cay is the place to go to people watch and to eat for very cheap ! This place is located underneath bridge two that goes over into Paradise Island. Something is alway's happening here, you look around and there are a few tourist, however, this is where the local's go to eat. I normally have conch fritter's, rice, platain, and coleslaw and a water for the grand sum of 6 buck's. Try doing that anywhere else on the island lol.
I look for the cleanest fish shack, (Dalphany's is my personal preference) I than plop myself down on the bar stool and settle in. I know that it will take a while but I am ok with that after all I too am on island time.
Every deal that you could think of can happen here. There is usually a table as well where the local brass are gathering around. Skipper pointed out to me a few day's ago that the gun's on their belt was about 30 year's old. He beleived it to be a 38 cab. just a snub nose Only in Nassau (smile).
In the evening you can entertain yourself here as well and listen to the lcoal music, rake & scrape...I love to watch them dance and I have to tell you they can really move.
The one bad thing about Potter's Cay is all the garbage created in the harbour. You can see all the starofoam floating by with the change of tide.

Unwelcome visitor
wind is 14 knot's out of the east at the momment, lot's of sunshine and the temp. is back in the 80's
16/12/2008, Nassau

I have now seen the granddaddy of all roaches lol. I am soooo happy that it wasn't my leg it choose to crawl over. We must have brought this on board with our groceries. We just had Windigo in tip top shape only to start all over. We bombed the boat and went to the beach for the day. There is a lot of cleaning and provisioning going on these day's with many walk's over the bridge to Paradise Island. In the picture, taken from the Green Parrot, you can see Windigo sitting pretty in Nassau Harbour waiting for our return and this time hopefully no unwelcome visitor's!!!!
We are going to stay here for Xmas and enjoy Junkanoo. We will do a shakedown cruise over to Rose Island soon as we get the right weather window (tried twice already) and we also have to stop going out everything night for pot luck's with other boater's (smile). Right now it's nice sitting here and getting used to living on a 26 ft boat again, also two people on a boat this size need time to get it together before venturing out...

Capt Ralph
Just another beautiful day....
07/12/2008, Nassau

This entry will be all about Capt Ralph. I cannot think what Nassau would be all about without our friend Ralph. He has shown us around this special place from top to bottom. Ralph has been here for year's and any of you sailor's need anything all you have to do is go to the Green Parrot and ask where you might find Capt Ralph. Every port has a person like this ....all you have to do is find them. I like to think that I am rather good at that , finding them I mean !
Below is a picture of Ralph taken at last night's pot luck here in Nassau Harbour. He has his arm around a charming young lady called Amy who came down here to help a friend take a boat back to Florida. You need to know that she has never sailed before.....what a girl !

On The water Again
Sunshine, light breeze
07/12/2008, Nassau

Windigo is happy once again! The mast went up yesterday, and finally we have some room below to start the big clean up!
Back home there is lot's of snow as you can see from the picture, this was taken just before leaving, too bad I did not have my camera when I got stuck in my friend's driveway. Thank god I had lot's of help to get out of there (smile). My friend's just a few day's ago told me that with the help of a new snow blower they are still trying to create a nice base for the winter. I think I messed it up for them ,but just a tad.....Sorry about that guy's.

Welcome to my Adventure...
Milly
06/11/2008

( The map above will be my Cruising ground in less than 3 weeks!)

Adventure of 2008-2009.
Date: Nov 6th 2008
Temperature: Must be in the high teens (may be a record!)
Time: 12:02pm
Wind: 0 knots
Weather: Sunshine Galore!
Location: Somewhere in Cottage Country, Ontario

Although there is no water in sight, this is not bad for Ontario in November. Today, I am working on my blog that I will share with you, the people who are right now in front of your computers taking a peep into my world!

This blog will take you into my adventure and will also tell you more about ME... Since most of you already know about me, it will be my job to keep this interesting ;)

In three weeks, once again, I am leaving land and enjoying six months of paradise where there will be lots of sunshine, unchartered waters, and one island (Cay) after another to explore in the Exuma Chain of the Bahamas. Imagine a different beach everyday!

The saltwater will work wonders for my arm, not to mention my spirit... the breeze on my face and the sand underneath my feet will all work their 'magic.' I will be spending my time being good to me.

This year I have more knowledge. That's what I like about getting older :) We know that everyday is to be lived, not that I have ever had any qualms about that but yet this year it's different somehow... For one thing I have set myself goals for while I'm in Paradise . A trip of this magnitude allows one to take a good look at themselves and you soon realize that you have to be healthy in body, mind, and spirit and we all know that this can be a challenge even at the best of times.. lol.

Anyways, to make a long story short here, I want to share my journey with all of you. Note: You will be able to make comments in my blog (and I'd love to hear them,) but know that all will see. I will do my best to make this fun and I will update it whenever I can.

Cheers,

Milly

The map below is where I will be spending most of my time. These Cays (pronounced 'Keys') are the BEST of the BEST and in the upcoming months... you can explore them with me!!!


Part Deux
30/08/2008, Secret Location

My playground in hurricane season !!!

I was born on a tiny island and somehow I find myself never far from water and rocks. The ocean feels like home to me and this must be what keeps me coming back.

I often ask myself why I have itchy feet, why do I choose to do this again, why do I feel restless? Is it the adventure itself, the exploring? Or is it the people I meet on my journey? I only know that last year was just a taste and right now it's all about getting back out there!

The Countdown
29/08/2008, Skippers hang out ... I'll tell you more about him later!

Skippers Comments: Just Hangin around up here in God's Country until Hurricane Season is over. November 26th is the target date to be in the Bahamas!

Milly's Comment: These aren't my toes (smile.)

Boo Boo Hill
Milly
28/08/2008, Warderick Wells, Bahamas

I will give you a peep into a few of the places that I will enjoy all over again. I remember last year, and how it felt to have arrived at Boo Boo Hill at the Exuma land and Sea Park located at Warderick Wells, Bahamas...

Boo Boo Hill or Bust....


A trip to the Bahamas would not be complete for me without leaving a token at Boo Boo Hill.

Here is a picture of last years. I look forward to Warderick Wells and all it has to offer. Boo Boo Hill for me is like the icing on the cake. It has become somewhat like my personal mantra and this year it is no different... there is a chanting inside my head... Boo Boo Hill or Bust....Boo Boo Hill or Bust, last year I even had a tee shirt created saying just that . Last year as you can see from the picture above, that just like every other sailor out there I left my token...look very carefully !

There Is This Place
Normans Cay
Milly
14/01/2008, Normans Cay

There is this place 210 miles off the Florida Coast at the southern end of the Bahamas. This place in yester year's (and beleive me not that many ago) used to be a cocain transport empire.Carlos Lehder ran this empire at one time.....In my photo album you will see a picture of the Skipper and I standing on the tip of a sunken plane that is really cool to snorkel at low tide.
This place can take days to explore,you get to walk the beaches and look for sea beans, explore the plane, and all the buildings that are still standing. The walk to MaDuffs can be a lot of fun on a dark night lol, and although the runway is not quite so busy these days (smile) it is reported that at one time this runway was protected by radar, bodyguards and doberman attack dogs for the fleat of aircraft under lehders command. In its glory days it is reported that 300 kilograms of cocaine would arrive on the island every hour of every day. There are many storys of this man and you should go ahead and google Carlos lehder.

Today there is not much left apart from my favorite restaurant (and as you all know I should know a thing or two about that smile) in the whole wide word, it's call MacDuffs and I'm sure all of you sailors have heard about the best cheeseburger in paradise. In the picture above I am at MacDuffs but notice the mag in my friends Farley's hand..... don't you think it would be a good one to send into latt's & att's lol.

There Is This Place

 

 
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