Preparing to Leave West End

"Bird-of-Paradise"

“Bird-of-Paradise”

The last couple of days have gone by quickly. Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we mainly hung out on the boat. This was Christy’s last full day with us, so she and Cindy spent as much time as they could in the sun, despite cool temperatures in the upper 60’s and a coldish north wind. When the sun was out, which was about half the time, it wasn’t too bad. For the few moments I laid out with them by the pool, I was using my beach towel as a blanket! We put up Beatitude’s Christmas decorations, including our pretty little four-foot tree. After dining at the resort restaurant, we settled in to watch the newer version of Miracle on 34th Street. I love that movie!

The Ladies on their way to the pool

The Ladies on their way to the pool

Poolside

Poolside

Brrrr!

Brrrr!

Aah! Sun!

Aah! Sun!

"O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!"

“O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!”

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Today, we rented a car again to transport Christy back to the Grand Bahama Airport in Freeport. It was so nice to have her visit, although her time here was much too short. I was hoping to find a place to watch the Georgia-Georgia Tech football game, so I went to the Port Lucaya marketplace where there are several restaurants/sports bars. Unfortunately, none had the SEC Network, so we just had lunch and moved on. (In retrospect, perhaps it was a good thing that I didn’t watch, since Georgia lost the game to its most hated rival, despite being heavily favored to win.)

About to say good-bye at the airport

About to say good-bye at the airport

Christmas Tree at Lucaya Marketplace

Christmas Tree at Lucaya Marketplace

Christmas decorations at the Marketplace

Christmas decorations at the Marketplace

After lunch, we stopped by Solomon’s, a good-sized grocery store in Freeport for a few supplies. The prices were not too bad for most items, although some things were a lot more expensive. One of our beverage staples, Diet Pepsi, was 8.99 for a 12-pack. Needless to say, we passed. Fortunately, we stocked up on Diet Pepsi pretty well before leaving, but it will likely not last throughout our time in the Bahamas. After leaving Solomon’s we stopped by the ACE Hardware store, where, I believe, every Bahamian in Freeport was doing their Christmas shopping. It was the most impressive ACE Hardware store I’ve ever been to. And, they had what we came for – rat traps! You see, Friday evening, while we were watching our Christmas movie, we had a visitor in the cockpit. When I looked out through the cockpit door, I saw a rat trying to get in one of the lockers. By the time I could open the door to chase after him, he had quickly disappeared. This happened three times before we went to bed. This evening, I set the traps in the cockpit. We’ll see what we catch!

Our Grocery Stop

Our Grocery Stop

Cleaning out some of the cockpit lockers (aka., checking for rodents)

Cleaning out some of the cockpit lockers (aka., checking for rodents)

Tomorrow, around 7 a.m., we are pulling away from the dock at Old Bahama Bay with the goal of motoring to Grand Sale Cay, a 57 nautical mile or so journey across the Little Bahama Bank, a rather shallow sandy area of the northern Bahamas. I’m not looking forward to it, and at first, wasn’t sure if I would go. We decided to go with Bella Luna, the 44′ catamaran docked behind us. We’ll buddy boat for the next couple of days. The wind for the next two days will be 15-25 knots from the ENE… Exactly, the direction we are going. (It will only be stronger later in the week.) We will also be beating directly into the waves, which are forecast to be 1-3′. After our Gulf Stream crossing, in which the waves were twice as high as predicted, I’m a little gun-shy, but we’re giving it a try. I’m expecting an uncomfortable day with the foredeck slamming into the waves all day. I pray my expectations will be disappointed.

On Monday, from Great Sale Cay, we will either motor another 30-something miles to Crab Cay to anchor for the night, or we will motor on to Green Turtle Cay, a 55 or so nautical mile trip. We have a slip reserved at Bluff House Beach Resort and Marina, where Beatitude will stay while we return to the States for work and the holidays. More on that to come later. The deciding factor as to whether we make it all the way to Green Turtle Cay or stop at Crab Cay will be how exhausted and beat up we are by that time.

Old Bahama Bay Beach

Old Bahama Bay Beach

The next blog post will hopefully come from Green Turtle Cay in a few days.

6 thoughts on “Preparing to Leave West End

  1. Thanks for everything bro! I really enjoyed being with you guys! Heard you caught your little visitor 🙂 that’s a relief. Hope your trip isn’t too bad tomorrow! Safe sailing! Love you guys!! Miss you both already! Thanks again!

  2. my memories of the bahamas was large piles of conch shells and the beautiful water
    great for diving. suprised about the weather but we have had it cold and snow and wind.not good
    we are presently packing to leave for lakeland wed 12/03. was told they had a cold spell.
    hope to see you at our place for Christmas

    • Thanks for commenting, Duane! It has warmed up a little bit here now. High today in Green Turtle Cay is 78. No complaints the last 2-3 days. We’ll see you in Lakeland when we get back, but won’t be around for Christmas.

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