Don't worry bout the rain , Every thing gonna be alright!
25 August 2017 | Marsh Harbor
Tropical Wave Week
What a great end of the season aboard Adonai with Troop 326 and Crew 326 of White Lake Mi. This week our adventure is with 6 wonderful lady leaders , 8 amazing scouts, and 6 great male leaders, plus another 12 from their group who are sailing on board Salt Shaker. A total of 32 !
Weather wise it is looking like we will experience a vast variety of mystery. A Tropical Wave is over the North West Bahamas. As we head out the harbor it starts to clear, much to our joy!. Swim review off of Matt Lowe is a success and a welcome refresh after being rained in all morning. Just outside the channel a beautiful young sea turtle is resting in the fan bed. The inner shell emits blue hues of color and is framed in rich golden browns. When finally I am noticed with one eye looking up, he slowly circles off and breaks into a retreating high speed get away. All I want to do is give him a big hug!
Sunday is always an exciting day heading south after breakfast. Our first stop is to look for conch! This is so much fun diving down into the sea grass to find our shelled friends. They love the sand and the turtle grass in areas that have a good flow through. The beauty of the inner shell is mesmerizing in color. Most are brilliant pinks but often you will find some with yellows and whites. I have yet to find a pearl. Accompanying us today was a very large barracuda, a bit intimidating honestly as he was super sized and acting as my own personal guide of which I did not ask. The team work of the group was fabulous and in no time at all our limit is caught along with some very pretty sand dollars. What lady could resist a good find like this. Afterwards we anchor off an uninhabited island, which at one time was home to someone. It looks like a storm blew it away except for the foundation, and a lovely ruin of a stone wall. Many palms trees trunks lay on the ground but now grow upwards very tall. Coconuts, lizards and hermit crabs dwell here currently amongst the lilies . The field of lilies span up the hillside surrounding the palm trees. It feels a bit like heaven as you overlook the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Sea of Abaco on the other.
Sandy Cay is wild with current and white caps! The wind is blowing this week and it feels so good to be cool in August! Captain steers Adonai around the back side making for a more comfortable snorkel. I have never seen this end of the reef and it is just as beautiful as the rest. An abundance of golden elk horn coral is thriving, it really is a work of art from the hand of God. Two spotted eagle rays cruise through the trough in the shallows, spectacular it is. Vibrant purple waving sea fans catch my eye today as together we surge with the sea. The floor of the ocean is filled with fish of color, wearing many styles and patterns. We are swimming about their home which is intertwined with rich glowing green hard corals, and an occasional brain coral which gives variety to the senses.
Rain has made our nights eventful. It is so nice out side looking up to the stars and feeling the cool breeze as you go to sleep until the rain falls. Then it is a little rough as many are sleeping on the floor and under tables. Heat rises with the hatches closed but we are somewhat dry. Not what most would expect on a Caribbean vacation but this is Bahamas Sea Base High Adventure and one that will surely be remembered for many years to come. This week it is like being with a big happy family. At night we share roses which is events of the day that we loved. Every night we walk in a large rose garden and go to bed with joy filled hearts from sharing these wonderful times of the day and what we are looking forwards too. Occasionally we may have a thorn on our rose, but it is always met with a smile and a laugh. It helps to speak it out, and embrace life all the more. Thank you troop and crew 326 you are really fun to be around and explore with no matter what happens . Great attitudes, makes for great times!
Snorkeling reefs , sailing, fishing, reeling in barracudas, cooking great meals, exploring towns, catching lobster, finding conch, climbing light houses, sleeping under the stars be it in the rain or crammed in the main salon is how we get around the sea of Abaco with 20 on board 1 So by the time we arrive Treasure Cay a shower is the greatest thing in the world! Every week on Tuesday evening Adonai arrives the harbor looking like the Beverly Hillbillies with our life lines covered in towels and suits. If your hair is looking good then you are not having a good time. Showers are enjoyed and in the morning yes you know it, cinnamon buns fresh out of the oven the best way to start a Wednesday.
Victory at Don’t Rock, facing personal fears and mountains, swimming against the current as the sea is slamming up on the jagged outcropping edge waiting to be climbed only to plunge back into the sea. What fun is had, a few scraps here and there but nothing a box of bandaids won’t fix ! Here we more that survive we thrive! Jumping off of Don’t Rock is an all time favorite, it a lone rock standing tall surrounded by crystal clear water with a white sand smiling up to you from the ocean floor as you plunge in.
The once “unsteady sea feet” have been transformed into steel legged steady sailors! Memories made and memories shared as we land on Scout Island for one more night of fun out on the sea. This small island is home to horse flies if you stay to late but as the sun sets and the fire dims all have had a great time. Covered in sand we climb into faithful dingy who motors us back out to Adonai and in the morning we wave good by to another great year. Its one day at a time and one step at a time. You take one step away from what you love, to take one step closer to what you will love next. Now this is a great way to live life.
Our week has closed and I bid safe travels home to you my friends , may your smiles remain bright as you are a light. I thank God for you and pray His very best to come your way all of your days.
Adonai standing by 78, Bahamas Sea Base High Adventures on the Sea of Abaco 2017, week 14 is signing out. Remember as you look to the sea and feel the wind, close your eyes and listen. No one knows where the wind is blowing or where it goes but we can feel His presence.