Falling Stars and Flying Fish
15 December 2015
It was 2:05 a.m. when we pulled the anchor up at Lake Worth. I'm surprised at how well we could actually see as we motored out of the anchorage. The moon is sinking low as we are leaving the inlet. It is fairly calm and I'm thinking that I will make everyone a big breakfast if it is going to be this calm. Well.... it wasnt smooth enough for that. But it was better than any of our offshore experiences so far. Once again the wind and wave predictions were off. Instead of 5-10 knots of wind and 2-3 foot seas, we had 18-22 knots of wind, with 2-4 foot swells. The wave intervals were far enough apart so as not to be uncomfortable. We were tracking a few sailboats, a few cargo ships and a cruise liner. They become your company on your watch. We took turns napping until first light. It was clear and the stars were beautiful. I saw the first falling star right out of the inlet and then I lost count as I lie there watching. Most were far away, but one was so close I could see it burn out. I saw the Cancer constellation, my astrological sign, right over us. After sun rise, there were flying fish everywhere. They looked like birds skimming the surface of the waves. The temperature warms as we enter the gulf stream. We have lost sight of land. It was about 11:00 when the West End of Grand Bahama Island came into view. The water was still about 2100 feet deep and getting bluer. We arrived at Old Bahama Bay marina at 12:15. We raised our yellow quarantine flag as we put fenders out and get lines ready for docking. We are met at the dock with a bunch of papers to fill out for customs. We complete all of the paperwork and I head to the customs office to clear in. They are very nice and it doesn't take long. Davido suggested that we ask to stay the maximum 180 days, which I did. I tried to hide my surprise when the customs agent said o.k. and stamped all of the papers. Most everyone says they usually only get 3 months and then have to return to customs to ask for an extension. I register at the marina office and pick up a bag of ice. I hurry back knowing that no one can leave the boat until we have cleared in and raised the Bahamas courtesy flag. On my way back a local boy stops me and asks if I'd like to buy some lobsters that he has just caught. I told him to come by the boat later. He is there as soon as I get back. I told him that I've never cooked spiney lobster. He says"you can grill them or broil them or cook them in a skillet, just like chicken!". I wasn't sure, but Davido bought four. The boy took the tails off for us, while they were still alive. I broiled them with some old bay and served them with garlic butter and a few rum drinks! Yum!! I like the Bahamas so far!