Swimming pigs, kid boats, and Warderick Wells, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

February 17, 2010

North Mooring field, Warderick Wells

It has been an eventful couple of weeks!  I have to post pictures, though, of the kids (and other stuff):

Julian, Maddie, Bird, and Kaeo going to Rachel’s Bubble Bath on Compass Cay

Running into Osprey has been a FABULOUS treat for all of us.  Jeremy and Johnny can talk engines and other stuff (they are, as I write, putting together a power boat engine for the Park), Wendy and I are trading recipes and school tales and parenting and just CHATTING, and the kids are fast friends.  Maddie even had a sleepover on Osprey with Bird!  Looks like we will travel loosely in company for the next couple of months.

We spent close to a week with Osprey and Grateful Attitudes at Cambridge Cay, then headed north on our own (Osprey went to Warderick Wells, GA stayed put until the blow was over) to Pipe Creek.

Our anchorage at Pipe Creek the day AFTER the blow

The view across to Thomas Cay

While at Pipe Creek, we took the dinghy to Sampson and Staniel, meeting another kid boat in the process.  Starbound is a wooden boat from Maine, sailed by Jim and Heather with their kids Scarlet (6) and River (2).  We convinced them to join us at Thunderball via the swimming pigs off of Big Major’s Spot:

These pigs trot off the beach and start swimming when they hear engines!  Not recommended in an inflatable . . .  sharp hooves!

And we met up with the Starbounds at the Twin Cays, a perfect set of islands near to both Sampson Cay and Pipe Creek:


And then it was time to move again, so we “bushwhacked” our way through Pipe Creek and among the shallows in the Park, stopping for lunch at Osprey Cay before meeting up with the Ospreys again at Warderick Wells (Park headquarters for the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park).  Osprey Cay is the kind of place in settled weather we could stay for AGES – see if you agree!  


And at Warderick Wells, we have fed bananaquits out of hand . . . fixed engines, reinventoried stores . . . and found ANOTHER kid boat (Las Sirenas, with Scott and Esme and kids Haley and Alana)!  So from having no other kids at all for months (literally), here Julian and Maddie are running in a pack of 6, ranging from age 8 to age 12.  They spend the day doing school, then chicken fighting, hiking, sand flinging, and laughing.  Bliss.

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We are enjoying our time tremendously.  The danger, of course, is complacency.  So it seems that we have decided to shake up things a bit and head to the Dominican Republic before returning to the Bahamas by the end of April.  Hey – gotta fill that rapidly-emptying bilge with SOMETHING!

Time to go bushwhacking, Calypso style.

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6 Responses to Swimming pigs, kid boats, and Warderick Wells, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

  1. Cindy S says:

    When I first heard you were doing this, I thought you were brave but nuts. Now, I’m intensely jealous as we slog through winter and I look at these wonderful pictures. What a priceless experience. What a gift you have given yourselves and your children.

  2. I find it interesting, as sailors, the guys always talk about The Engine. I understand the need to talk “nuts and bolts” with other guys.

    The gift you are giving your kids is priceless, absolutely priceless.

    You are having a grand experience and I wonder if you will ever come back to “land.” Hope to see you at the Turkey Shoot Regatta.

    By-the-by, as soon as the snow melts enough, I have engine work to do on IDUNA – yuk.



  3. Jenny Griffin says:

    Nica — all these photos are so intensely beautiful (love the cave system you found!)

    I can’t even image what you and your family are experiencing and going through — but I’m glad that you are, and that you’re all so clearly open to new experiences. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone put chicken fighting and bliss in the same sentence (or two, but joined).

  4. Jan says:

    What a great adventure! Looks like a great time with other kids around~ I’m sure everyone was happy to have someone to play with 🙂

  5. Naila says:

    Hi everyone! These pics are just gorgeous. And we are all thrilled that Maddie has found some friends. Gabby misses her like crazy. You are missing the winter of a lifetime — Burt declared today he is totally sick of the snow. I’m not, but of course I grew up in Boston 🙂 Still, your pics make me just a wee bit jealous. I’ve really been missing you, Nica. Miss our spontaneous chats. On a totally mundane note, I need to move fairly quickly to sign Gabby up for camps because we have a limited schedule this summer. She wants to make sure she and Maddie are together at Spectrum but I think the only session she can do is Session 3, July 12 – 23. Could Maddie do that too? I know you really don’t want to think about this stuff, but I have to. And if Maddie has any interest in the LiveArts musical theater camp, Gab is doing that June 21-July 2. Thinking of you lots and sending lots of love. Naila and gang

  6. Kathy says:

    Hello, I am trying to track down the Las Sirenas. We met them in Thunderbolt Marina, GA and our granddaughters loved Haley and LaLa. We live in Beaufort, NC. They are supposed to pass this way and we would love to see them. Do you have an e-mail address for them. We were on the vessel Sugar Bear. Thanks for your help.


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