Saturday, April 6, 2013

Beth Visits

Beth arrived to sunny skies with temps in the low 80’s. After waiting an hour past Beth's ETA, Flamingo Air told us that her flight would not arrive, at best, for another hour. 20 minutes later I used my expensive Bahamian to US cell minutes to determine Beth had just landed. By that time we had dinghied back to the boat so we turned around and did it all over again. Lesson to be learned: don’t trust Flamingo Air’s predictions. Hopefully their pilots and maintenance staff are better at their jobs than our check-in person here in Staniel.

We moved from Staniel to Sampson Cay and anchored off their cottages for the night. The following morning skies were overcast, with loads of wind, and temperatures only reaching the high 70’s. Nevertheless, we thought there might be a chance to snorkel the Sea Aquarium where vast numbers of brightly colored fishies seem to delight in the arrival of their guests. Upon arrival at Cambridge Cay, it was determined to be too chilly for the experience. Instead, we hiked Cambridge Rock, a fete not for the faint of heart. That night we rolled way too much so decided to move on in the morning.

From Cambridge we were on a hunt for an anchorage where it would be calm to enable our guest to enjoy a good night’s sleep, and opted for Little Bay. We keep returning here because you can get really close to shore, there is a decent walk, and shelling and sea glass “shopping” is available.  It is a beautiful beach to have your own tropical chiropractic tune up. We all slept like a log.

The next morning the southerlies started to peek around our corner, so we took a short trip to Black Point for more hiking, shelling, and according to Beth, the best night’s sleep ever. That’s what vacations are for, and we are happy to have obliged! Sorry about the chilly weather though, only reaching the 70’s.

Then, off to Staniel Cay to get a close anchorage in settled weather to deliver Beth back to Flamingo Air in the morning. But first, our traditional dinner at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

You must place your dinner order by 5 o’clock, and if Staniel ever answers the VHF they will advise you of their menu for the day. Everyone is seated at 7:30 when a dinner bell is sounded. Dress is casual. Dinner was great but first we had to endure the possibility that we would not be seated, as our reservation was noted as being for the boat “Cinnabar”. Fortunately, no one from that boat showed up (naturally) and we were able to join the others for the fabulous Thai lobster chowder being served. The yacht club has always provided soup, salad, our meal, and a small dessert, for a reasonable price. Highly recommend. But don’t eat lunch at the bar. You will get the worst service without a smile.

We have just dropped Beth off at the airport ($100 each way from Nassau on Flamingo). Of course, today is bright and sunny, little wind, and in the mid 80’s, perfect for snorkeling.  We are heading off to Hawksbill, planning to get to Nassau on Thursday the 4th, and wait there for the next window to cross over to Fort Pierce or maybe Lake Worth. Big squalls with uncustomary thunderstorms on the way. Hopefully things will settle by Sunday, allowing us to head home.  

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