February 17, 2011 - George Town, The Bahamas
We continued south.
The next Island was Waderwick Well, which is also the headquarters for the Land and Sea Park. Many days amusement was has listening the people on the radio calling up Waderwick Wells and me thinking of the Monty Python 'Welease Woger' scene from Life of Brian.
The park had many moorings, but charged lots of money, so we anchored near to the park headquarters and had a much more peaceful time.
We walked the trails ashore to explore the natural beauty and to get into holes with trees.
Sunset were always good.
Di continues with the sewing projects, here making the main stack pack.
I made some new screens for the companion ways.
Further south was Staniel Cay. We made sure to visit the swimming pigs, who were enthusiastic to see us at first, then just lay down to sleep as soon as they realised we didn't have any food.
We found another difficult to enter anchorage with very shallow water in behind Thomas Cay in the Pipe Cay channel. Just deep enough for the boat to float and shallow enough to stand and scrub its bottom.
In Staniel Cay we met up with Paul and Liz again who took us Conch hunting. They don't run fast, but the bigger ones seem to be in the deeper water so take some finding.
After diving to find our fill we went to a beach to receive instruction on how to extract the meat from the shell and which bits to eat and which bits to chop.
Lots of work cutting slimy skin off.
The end results were lots of tasty conch fritters.
Further South is George Town. The end of the line for many as they spend the winter here. There is a large sheltered anchorage, shops, water fuel and a lively social life. Although an idyllic setting it didn't feel very away from it all with so many others in the same spot. Trying to find a spot for you dinghy on a beach was never a problem before.
We took the opportunity to fill with food, rum and water and even had time for some socializing. Here at a 'bring a plate' ( with some food on it) to a rather lovely beach.
It was still easy to find some peace and quiet if you walked for 15 minutes to the other side of the island.
Paul and Liz took us to a driftwood bar made on the beach and amused themselves watching us trying to get into some coconuts. After a couple of weeks it was time to head on south to some less travelled paths.