It’s a beautiful Monday afternoon in Green Turtle Cay. The high today is 79° and, so far, there has been abundant sunshine and a diminishing of the strong 20-30 knot winds. We remain in Green Turtle Cay waiting for an appropriate window to cross the Whale Cay Passage, famous for it’s danger in certain sea states. To the east of Great Abaco Island are a number of smaller cays (Green Turtle Cay is one of them) which form a barrier between the open waters of the Atlantic and the Sea of Abaco. One can traverse the Abacos through the inner sea except in one spot: the area around Whale Cay. The water in the Sea of Abaco is too shallow in this area for a boat with more than a 4′ draft, so one must head out into the Atlantic through a narrow cut on one side of Whale Cay and back in through a narrow cut on the other. The outside run through the Atlantic is about 2.5 miles. Attempting this passage in the wrong conditions could get one injured or killed and one’s boat wrecked. The waves can be tall and steep, breaking over your boat when the weather’s not right. Needless to say, we’ll wait for the right conditions.
So, for now, we’re pinned in Green Turtle Cay waiting on the weather. We need to make it to Marsh Harbour (on the other side of Whale Cay) by Friday when Julie and Tracy come in. At this point, that task’s fulfillment is questionable. If not, they may need to stay in a hotel in Marsh Harbour for the night and then taxi up to the Green Turtle Cay Ferry Dock to meet us in Green Turtle Cay. Whatever… we’ll make it work. After all, we ARE in the Bahamas!
Sunday was a mostly cloudy, intermittently rainy day. Winds were blustery out of the east at 20-30 knots. We had decided to go to St. Peters Anglican Church in New Plymouth for worship. Unfortunately, just as we were about to head out, the wind picked up and the rains increased in intensity. A few prayers by my lovely wife, and, a few minutes later, the sun peaked out from behind the clouds. We jumped in Dalí and made the 2 mile or so trip into New Plymouth, enduring a brief rain shower en route.
On this particular Sunday, the former bishop of the Abacos was the guest speaker. Also, present was the former rector of the parish for 25 years (1970-1995). Joining them was another priest who had attended seminary with both of the above. The service was wonderful, although longer than we are accustomed to (about 1 3/4 hours). (The bell ringer for the church told us she rings the bell, goes home, and then comes back about halfway through the service for the best part.)
After church, we dinghied back to White Sound and ate lunch at the Tipsy Turtle at the Green Turtle Club (the restaurant at the other marina in White Sound). Just as we arrived, we were doused with another quick rain shower. After an enjoyable meal (cracked conch for me, of course), we bought a few provisions and ice at their small grocery store and headed back to Bluff House. Most of the rest of the day was spent on tax preparation and dinner. Cindy and I watched an old movie that we had never seen before prior to going to bed. We watched the old Frank Capra film starring Jimmy Stewart, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” What an excellent film!
As mentioned at the beginning, today has been a beautiful northern Bahamas day – nearly 80° and sunny. Upon arising, we did our morning prayer together and read our daily Shakespeare. This year we are reading through the complete works of William Shakespeare. So far, we’ve read “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” part of “Venus and Adonis,” and the first six sonnets. Right now we are in the middle of “The Taming of the Shrew.” What fun! Also, we’ve done some laundry, I’ve done some physician business on line, and we enjoyed a nice time at the Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar for lunch. After eating lunch, we waded in the refreshing shallow water at the beach before returning aboard. This afternoon, I filled our water tanks with our watermaker. It appears our diversion valve is malfunctioning, so I’ve had to bypass the valve and make water manually at this point. So far, so good. Tonight, we’ll cuddle up together to watch the Ohio-State/Oregon national championship game in our salon. Such is another day in paradise.