Adonai and Troop 221 Parma Ohio, Sail the Bahamas!
23 June 2017 | Marsh Harbor Abaco
Sunny / gg
The adventures of Troop 221 from Parma Ohio start out on night watch also known as fire watch. Time here is to watch out for weather and on coming boat traffic that may be out of control late at night. Its a great time of reflection under the clear Bahamas skies, a scout may find time to strum a tune on the guitar or possible contemplate some of the deeper things of life which bring to mind those that are dear to you.
The reef was a bit of a challenge this week with a strong current yet still just as beautiful below. The fish appear untouched by the surface roughness and surging currents. They have a way of going with the flow. Bait fish by the thousands protect the entrance to a coral cave and the spotted eagle rays are seen patrolling the edge of the reef. The water is a cool liquid feeling as sleek as silver a contrast from the beating rays of the tropical sun this time of year.
Swimming in the steady rain off of Matt Lowe Cay was fun. It was just before sunset on our first night out. The sound was relaxing and the drops falling on the water mesmerizing. Soon the sun appeared to set on the horizon. A beautiful night to grill and take in the surrounding beauty. White sandy beaches with tall palm trees in the distant . The water calm and the night air quiet. Looking off in the distance is Hope-town light house shining bright a marker of time built over 150 years ago with the only working fresnel lens in this hemisphere. Manually attended the lamp burns with pressurized kerosene oil a wick and a mantle.
In the harbor a manatee is submerged looking like a sunken buoy with God watching over keeping this precious creature unharmed from the busyness of the harbor for another day. Fortunately we did not run into the notorious Stone Fish known as the most venomous fish on the planet armed with 13 needle sharp spines! The legend of the 1692 most feared pirates of all the seas at that time, known as the Deep Six ruled the Abacos. The word is even Naval Captains trembled at the sight of the Jolly Rodger who carried these fearless men. One fateful night they met up with the Stone Fish meeting their demise from the neurotoxic venom a painful death. Naturally our three crews known as the Mermaids, Deep Six and Leaky Dinghies were on the look out all week. NO stone fish in sight! Five Barracuda caught in a row though!
A couple new great happenings aboard this week was a service on Sunday morning honoring the Lord and every night 22 push ups in memory of the veterans who commit suicide every day in the USA. See http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/07/07/va-suicide-20-daily-research/86788332/ research has the number of 20 which is 20 too many. God bless your vets , thank you for serving our Country , I am sorry for the trauma and horror you have experienced. Please stay alive and look for the light , God is present and greater than the darkness.
I bid our troop a farewell and thank you for sailing aboard Adonai while exploring the Sea of Abaco with us.
May we thank God together for the blue skies above the blue waters. For the wind in our sails and the ground we walk on, for scouts past and present , for men who have served our country the home of the brave. Thank you Lord for blessing America, may your Kingdom come in greater measure and heal those suffering in our land.