Days 6-9: A new home on Green Turtle…but first a Waffle party!
23 May 2012 | Crab Cay to Bluff House Marina, Green Turtle Cay
Rain, Rain Go Away...
After a solid night of drinking, Rach and I hosted a waffle party onboard Soul Purpose. It was the least we could do for our cruising buddies who already had us over a handful of times to eat and drink! We busted out the waffle maker and Rach prepared some blueberry chocolate chip waffles with butter and whipped cream. Roughing it here in the islands. Actually, Rach forgot eggs in the first batch which didn't seem to make much difference. The six of us hung out for a bit, tried out a second batch that had eggs and the crew of the Luna Sea prepared to depart. Luna Sea headed out for the Bluff House Marina at Green Turtle Cay. The anchorage at Manjack was nice and we considered staying another night, but Steve hailed us on the VHF and told us that there was a catamaran slip right next to them and that some bad weather was headed out way. We pulled up anchor, headed to the slip at the Bluff House and spoiled ourselves with shore power that ran our air conditioner non-stop! Great deal at the Bluff house, drink your dock fees away! Whatever you spend at the restaurant / bar is free until you reach your dock fees (e.g. $70 / night in dockage means first $70 in cocktails is free)! We planned to stay at the slip for a night but 2 - 3 days of strong winds and scattered T-storms kept us tied up. The rain was horrendous at times, of course the times we had to adjust our lines, so we quickly learned to forget about wearing clothes outside and just get drenched in our bathing suites. We also learned the value of an air conditioner...it really helps a boat dry out when there is no place to hang wet towels and clothes but inside. The poor weather gave everyone some downtime and gave us a chance to get some work out of the way. As the weather cleared, we finally got to do some extended island exploring. Postcard beaches like Ocean Beach without a sole in sight, hopped up golf carts ripping down dirt roads, and dinner / drinks by the pool with live bands became our daily existence...not so bad. Luna Sea pushed off in the morning and again Rach and I were late to rise, big surprise. We had a quick chance to wave goodbye, but we will see Bonnie and Steve soon when we hook up with them to do some racing in the Port Saint Lucie / Stuart FL area (no Steve and I will not be racing our cruising catamarans. Steve has another boat that has a little more "lean" to it without all the heavy amenities...perfect for racing)! We'll miss them in the coming days, especially Steve's humor, their dynamic as a couple and overall kindness to others. Until next time, we wish you both clear horizons and the wind at your back!