#33 C April 2011 Bimini - Berry Islands - Frazers Hog Cay - Nassau, New Providence - Highbourne Cay - Hawksbill Cay - Warderick Wells
|Lookie what we found beach combing!|
|Glass sculpture just outside entrance to the Atlantis Casino|
We've seen helicopters but never a car. That boat seemed huge till we went around the corner and there was one 5 stories high that made the Smart Car boat look like a peanut. Another example that size is relative.
Despite the "conspicuous consumption" there's a lot of old world charm and history there if you know where to find it. Fort Fincastle overlooks the harbor and was visit-worthy. We rode a bus that they call "jitneys" out to Cable Beach on Easter Monday and these Nassau folks really know how to take full advantage of a holiday. There were so many cars there and the beach was carpeted in humanity. They were shoulder to shoulder!
We did a "round trip" on that jitney and at the driver's recommendation, we took a 2nd jitney from a nearby stop downtown and rode a huge loop west of Nassau. As in Bimini, I was charmed by the natives. The lady sitting behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked how we were enjoying our visit. We chatted as we rode and she pointed out different sites and areas of the city. She also called our attention to the mango and banana trees that were heavy with almost-ripe fruit. The bus stopped out in the country where one of the passengers got off...and we waited 5-10 minutes thinking that it must be a lay-over point The lady who'd gotten off, came back with a home-made sesame seed cake and a coconut cake for us. How sweet and what wonderful hospitality.
We spent 5 nights in Nassau waiting for the wind to lie down and when we did leave, we had a rolly ride but not as bad as it would've been had we not practiced some patience. 35 miles SE of New Providence, we rendezvoused with our buddy boats in the anchorage at Highbourne Cay, the first inhabited island in the northern Exumas. Since it's a private island with a restricted community, we didn't go ashore but spent the night and enjoyed the crystal clear waters.
|These guys swam right by us!|
After a night in Highbourne Cay, we arrived at Hawksbill Cay anchorage with the wind still blowing like crazy. Water was not only coming over the bow but up through the windows on the fly bridge! Hawksbill is an uninhabited island with beaches on both sides is said to be one of the most beautiful cays in the entire Exumas.
|This was our view as we topped the hill at Hawksbill Cay|
|Rugged terrain of limestone and coral|
The last day of April we arrived at Warderick Wells Cay mooring field. This is home to the park rangers for Exuma Land and Sea Park. We've been out of civilization for so long that the sight of the Park Headquarters building was thrilling. We went ashore to register and were ecstatic to see tee shirts for sale! Books for sale! A person working there who was not 1 of us 6! There were no showers nor laundry nor trash disposal nor water nor fuel...but we felt like we were in the midst of big retail!
|Our dink and only our footprints!|
They aren't native to this island but were brought here years ago and now their population exceeds 5000. Curly-tailed lizards also abound--and both are harmless to humans.
Bill and Laura
Anchored Black Point Settlement,