19 December 2015
Friday December 18
I hated to leave Green Turtle. We will have to come back and rent a golf cart to explore more. Unfortunately the weather forcast for high winds and rain is pushing us ahead. Also, we are trying to get to a place that will make it as easy as possible for Davido to catch a plane home. We originally planned to go to Hopetown. We have friends who get a mooring there for the winter. I have heard good things about Treasure Cay too. In the end, we decided on Treasure Cay. We were ready for a shorter day to some place that we could settle in for a while. Treasure Cay is not far from the airport in Marsh Harbour. We left the dock at Green Turtle Cay at 8:15 a.m. The winds are out of the south at 20-25 knots. We have to go through an inlet to the Atlantic Ocean called the Whale. Whale Cay sits on one side of the narrow opening. This is a notoriously tricky inlet. It can be very rough. The seas are 2-3 feet today and we pass through without a problem. The waves are crashing high over the north side of Whale Cay. Once we have cleared far enough, we make the turn around Whale Cay and head to Treasure Cay. There is a long narrow channel into the protected harbor. It is not quite as low as the 0.1 that we saw on the depth finder going into Green Turtle. The alarm sounds a few times at 1 foot below the keel. Once we are in the basin we breath easier with more depth. There are two dock hands to meet us when we arrive at our slip. There are moorings here, bur we decide to u a slip first to investigate the surroundings. After we are tied up, we head to the office to register. There is an open air bar and grill next to the pool. There is a hammock hanging nearby that I can picture myself spending some time in. This is a nice resort with a very laid back feel. Everything that you could really need is within a short walk. Just behind the marina is a strip of shops including a bank, grocery, cell phone store, liquor store, bakery, ice cream shop, a golf cart and a car rental store. That settles it. Carl is ready to stay. We walk just about a "block" to the other side of the island where the beach is. There is a beach bar and restaurant, Coco's, that reminds me of Heather's favorite spot on St. Thomas. This is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It is actually one of the top 10 beaches in the region! O.k. now I'm ready to stay. We enjoyed Bahama mama's and a Goombay smash or two and made plans to come back for the Bahamian fish fry later. Our dock is almost full but, it is nice that with one dock under repair, the marina is not crowded. They made us a deal we can't refuse. A slip for a month for just a little more than a mooring. This will make a great home port for us. We can head out for a few days at a time to explore the Abacos. We are both happy with this arrangement. After a nice hot shower, we walk back to Coco's for dinner. We danced the conga line behind the waitress to our table and we haven't even had anything to drink yet! We have $5 cocktails and whole Bahamian style fried snapper, slaw and sweet potato fries. We enjoyed the Bamamian music with great conversation and lots of laughs!