Monday morning, February 9th, we made our return trip to Beatitude. Our flight left Orlando around 1 p.m. We arrived in Nassau about an hour and fifteen minutes later to find that our flight to Treasure Cay had been cancelled. Fortunately, they were able to get us on a flight to Marsh Harbour and offered to pay our $80 taxi fee to back to Treasure Cay. The only downside is that this made for a four hour layover in Nassau and we would get back to Beatitude after dark. We arrived at the Marina around 8 p.m., tired and a little grumpy.
Tuesday and Wednesday were decompression days. Tuesday we were both still tired and stressed, and a little short with each other. It always takes a day or two to recover from the rat race and return to island time. Tuesday was not a pretty day in the Abacos. There was a 20-30 knot NW wind with clouds and a little rain. We basically hibernated inside. I placed about 70 GB of photos and videos from my computer onto our 1TB hard drive to make room for additional video and photos. I had maxed out the storage which especially made it difficult to process video for the blog. We ended the day with some burgers and hotdogs on the grill. Mmmmmm!
It wasn’t until Wednesday that we truly returned to relaxation mode. Although the wind was still quite strong, the sun shined brightly most of the day. We ventured over to the Coco Beach Bar for lunch, where we enjoyed grouper fingers and a “goombay smash.” I tried to repair the water maker so that I would not have to bypass the automatic mode and run it on manual, but to no avail. Either the diversion valve is not getting power or the valve is malfunctioning. I picked up a spare while in the states, thinking I could tackle the job. What seems so simple, that is the workings of DC power on a boat, baffles me. I couldn’t even figure out whether the valve was getting power or not. Oh, well. At some point, I’ll have to have some knowledgeable person take a look at it. Also, at some point, I need to become more proficient dealing with the DC and battery issues. In the evening, back on board Beatitude, we had a salad and finished up the hot dogs from the day before. We then finished off Downton Abbey. We knew we would not be able to watch the last few episodes in the Bahamas, so we bought Season 5 so that we could finish it here. We loved it! We were both in tears during the final episode.
Thursday, we decided to head south. We settled our bill with the marina, made a last minute grocery (i.e., diet pepsi) run, filled up our water tanks, and threw off the dock lines around 11 am. Our day on the Sea of Abaco was mixed with clouds and sunshine with a 10-15 knot breeze out of the WNW. I cannot get used to (and, for that matter I don’t want to) the beautiful shades of blue and green which characterize the water here in the Bahamas. I’m overcome with joy and wonder each time we venture out. The passage was quite calm and relaxing, except for about forty-five minutes when we made our way around Sandy Cay. At that point we had the 1-2 foot waves from the WNW colliding with the 4-7 foot swell off the Atlantic which was breaking across the reefs. The show was quite spectacular as we watched the white, foamy water propelled 20-30 feet in the air as it hit the small barrier islands. Soon after this jaw-dropping display of nature’s raw power we entered the lee of Lynard Cay, our destination for the evening. We had anchored in Lynard Cay for two nights with Julie and Tracy. This was our staging point for snorkeling the Sandy Cay reef. We journeyed about a half-mile further south this time and dropped anchor in about 15 feet of water. After backing down on a 6-1 scope of all chain rode, we felt confident we were secure for the night. Our hopes are to be able to snorkel Sandy Cay again on Friday. If the conditions are not improved from today, it will be too rough to try.
Cindy made some killer lasagna for dinner. Paired with a Coté du Rhone wine, it was delicious and made for a lovely meal. Afterwards we played a round of golf (card game) and watched another old Jimmy Stewart movie, “Harvey.” After dinner and a movie, I went out and gazed upward in amazement at the countless stars which were visible from our dark anchorage. I enjoyed identifying various constellations and stars, as well as the planet Jupiter, the brightest object in the clear night sky at the time. We then did a little more reading prior to bedtime.
As I think I previously mentioned, our goal is to spend 2-3 weeks in the Exumas during this trip. We are now as far south as we can go in the Abacos before heading out into the Atlantic for the 50-60 nautical mile open water passage to Eleuthera (well, actually we could head another mile south into Little Harbour). We will wait here, or in Little Harbour for the next favorable weather window. There’s a possibility Saturday could work. We’ll wait and see.