May 10, 2010
Warderick Wells (Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park)
After Regatta, we zipped down to the Jumentos Cays for a final week of solitude in the Jumentos Cays. As advertised, it was pretty remote and beautiful; NOT as advertised there were absolutely no shells. Oh well. We had fun exploring almost every beach we could see (at least 35 of them, if not more) and spending most nights as the only boat in the anchorage.
After 2 days at Double Breasted Cays, the furthest point south we hit in the Jumentos (we decided not to go to Duncan Town, the settlement on Ragged, about 8 miles south of Double Breasted), we began our run north. From Water Cay to Williams Bay, then to Black Point (last laundry in the Exumas!), then to Warderick Wells – we are moving fast. From here we will hop to a couple of places in the Exumas before leaping across to Eleuthera, then sailing hard to Great Abaco. We should be in Abaco by the end of the week, and in Florida in 2 weeks. Whew.
I am definitely having mixed feelings about the return. I am looking forward to an ease of existence (what a strange term) in being able to grocery shop and do laundry pretty much at will. I chafed hard at spending over $11 on 2 oranges, 3 tomatoes, and 1 pepper the other day – none of which looked all that great. On the other hand, the pace of our life has been an incredible treat. I wake up at 6:25 to get weather, spend the day doing school, making bread or other goodies for eating, snorkeling or beachwalking, reading, writing, and hanging out with the people I love best in the world. Bedtime is 8:30 or thereabouts. Why am I excited about returning to a world governed by alarm clocks and other people’s demands? What is so special about being able to buy chicken when I want it, or feta cheese? I don’t know, but right now it seems pretty special to me. I guess it is what you don’t have that is enticing.
Some pictures to share – and I guess it is possible this may be the last batch posted from the Bahamas. That is a concept I cannot right now wrap my head around.
As we’ve been making our way north, the mahi have been running in the warmer waters, and the fishing has been good. In a period of 3 days, we had 9 hits and landed 4. These fish put on a good show when hooked, and using just hand lines, it’s a bit of a battle to get them on deck.