free as a bird

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free as a bird

13 February 2008 | Georgetown Exuma
Frank and Gail
I believe we reported from the festival in Little Farmer's Cay, but not since we left the dock. Leaving the dock, that was a feat. We were merely 8-10 feet from a rock wall. The wind came from a direction that would push us into that wall as soon as we freed the boat from the dock. It was quite a struggle, but we were able to get off without brushing the rocks. We did, however, push the dock with our dinghy motor, which was secured on the cockpit of the sailboat. Didn't seem to be any damage, so we sighed and moved on.

We sailed to Cave Cay Island and anchored for several days. Frank unloads the dinghy and puts the motor on the boat. He and the guys are anxious to 'drive' around and look at the area. There were 8-10 islands in our little cove. Well, he pulls the cord and his engine starts the first time. He gets a few yards out, then his motor stopped. He squeezed the bulb to increase the gas flow and there is no resistance. A motor boat tows him 'home.' He looks at the engine and a plastic piece that joins a rubber hose and the fuel filter has been broken off, likely from hitting the dock leaving Little Farmer's Cay. Well McGiver (Frank) looks all over the boat for plastic shaft-like pieces that might work. Another skipper gives him two-part epoxy, Frank epoxies the shaft to the filter, then attaches the hose and it worked like a champ.

There were about 10-13 boats anchored in this spot most of the time. We met on the beach each evening for sundowner (drink) and snacks. For Clare and Pete: We saw three green flash sunsets in four days. Other people that had made this trip numerous times commented that they had only seen about a dozen in their lifetime. I have witnesses that can confirm. Unbelievable!! And....we both have conchs suitable for instruments. Frank can blow his really well, I haven't been able to "feel" the sound yet. (NOTE: For those of you that may not follow, every day at sunset, people blow a lovely, mellow note with a conch shell that has been trimmed to do so. Also, occasionally, if conditions are just right when the sun sets, for one second when the last piece of sun disappears into the horizon, there is a green flash. Wow!!! It is even better than described.)

Frank went beach combing and snorkeling with 'the guys." I played Scrabble for the first time in a while. It was so much fun. I learned how to weave a basket.

We left Friday morning for Georgetown. It was an easy pleasant trip. It did rain twice, but it came and went and was nice otherwise. One of the boats we were traveling with caught an albacore tuna. He shared it with us after he cleaned it. It was really good.

Georgetown is very unique. I don't know how to describe Georgetown. Nothing is modern, but it seems to have most anything you would need. There is a store that is fairly small, but it amazingly seems to have at least one of everything. We washed clothes for the first time since Nassau. I washed 6 loads, sheets, Keesi's bed covers, etc. It felt good to sleep on clean sheets. It was a slow process, however. The Laundromat at the dock had about 30-35 washing machines, only about 6 worked and only about 4 dryers. The Laundromat in town had a water pressure problem, so some of the folks we were with were 4-5 hours waiting to do laundry. We did better using the one at the docks.

The further south we go, we lose the ability to access some transponders on Direct Tv. Someone told us we could only get a very few channels, basically TVLand and I love Lucy. Well Frank is the best "satellite-setter" I know. By the time he was finished, I had most channels that we get in the states (no locals because we have to be in the Memphis area to get those). And, even though some signal strength is low on a lot of transponders, the channel we watch University of Memphis (CSTV) seems to be one of the strongest we can get. Really fortunate. Gotta stay in the college basketball hype as much as we can.

We dinghied over to a place called Volleyball beach. As its name indicates, it had a volleyball court, shade trees, picnic tables, chairs, etc. Some people were weaving baskets, some playing volleyball, kids swinging in the trees, others climbing trees, etc. It was the hub of activities that take place daily. Other activities include yoga, pilates, other crafts, beach church services, choir practice, etc. It was really sweet. I can see how people stay down here for months during the winter and participate in this community.

One of the boats we travel with had a sister fly in and meet them in Georgetown. Georgetown has a lot to do, but they want to move to smaller islands north while she is here to do some snorkeling, etc. So all (5 boats) will go north (back from where we came). Since Georgetown is our southernmost point, we will stay with them for a couple of days, then continue north as they come back to Georgetown. When their company flies out, they will all continue more south.

That's where we are now. Even though we are in a highly populated, some areas run down (marina, etc.), the water is still so clear you can see the bottom and the fish around the boat. We saw a stingray when we got in our dinghy to come back from volleyball beach. Such beauty is indescribable.

Until next internet access, we bid you good sailing.