Exploring Long Island (the other one)
Palm Tree Pete got home in time for Katie’s first Mother’s Day. We continue to randomly yell out “Golddsss”. Katie, we missed having you here.
We take off from Georgetown the next day. Destination: Long Island. After 28 miles and another engine stall/fuel filter change, we anchor in Bains, Long Island.
We anchor just off another one of those typical Bahamian marina projects that’s been abandoned. We meet a nice German couple that have sailed all over. You can tell by their namesake-swag from head to toe. Dinghy docks were never put in at the marina but we are able to tie up and hop over another boat to climb over the marina cement lining. This works out perfectly until Foxy decides to follow Paul’s steps, overestimating her jumping abilities, falling right in between the seawall and the boat, down into the mucky water! I panic (per usual) as Paul jumps right down, props his feet up against the buildup on the seawall and scoops her up in his arms. Knight in shining armor. After a few minutes of salt water dry heaving, she is a good as new (and salty). I on the other hand, am totally shaken up.
After dinghy exploring and liking what we see around, we decide to spend the next couple of days diving/snorkeling the walls South of Bains. There are hawks, goats and even a manatee. The water is crystal clear and calm. It was beautiful. Even though it’s pretty shallow at the wall, there are little rocks and lots of sea life. Paul managed to get us a big Cubera and a Mutton Snapper! Paul has surprised me countless times during this trip, typically finding big fish among little baitfish but still each time I am amazed and do a little celebration dance/scream as he surfaces with the catch. There isn’t a market for miles so we are especially thankful for our delicious meals. Self-reliance is invaluable!
We decided to take a hike up an old trail to some ruins with a view. We fished for Tarpon one sunset. They were too smart and didn’t bite on any of the lined bait but it was fun. From the outside, Bains looks like it has nothing to offer but of course we found plenty!
Next we headed 12 miles South to Thompson Bay, Long Island (aka Salt Pond). This large harbor is similar to Rock Sound, Eleuthera. There are even a couple blue holes and some half sunken ships sprinkled about. They have a great grocery store which sits next to a liquor store. Friday we meet a couple of really great people, Jenna and Ray who frequent Thompson Cay. They are living aboard their sailboat, Night Hawk which Ray built (absolutely beautiful). They told us the best walking route to the ocean which took us along the large Salt Pond the town is named after. Very cool. We couldn’t see a soul on the beach which is always liberating.
Later that night at Sou’Side bar and grill we connected to wifi and had a couple Kaliks excited for our friend, Eric to join us the next day.
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