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):
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.
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:
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.
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.