Next stop: The Exumas.

We had to settle for a motor sail from Rock Sound, but it was well worth it because after an uneventful day (except for the joy of the dolphins that followed along beside us for ten minutes – they never get old!) we were dropping the anchor in one of our favorite spots: Pipe Cay.  A small blow was predicted so the next day we followed our track from last year’s adventure and slid into our hands-down favorite hidey hole in the back of Pipe. Although we still play the tides, it’s MUCH less stressful being able to follow last year’s track on the chart plotter.

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I never get tired of this view from “our” spot in Pipe Cay.

After the blow we moved over to Staniel Cay (another favorite spot), then proceeded to spend the next week and a half moving between Staniel and Pipe as the weather dictated. We found a great spot to snorkel in Pipe and alternated between exploring and loafing around until we saw a nice stretch of weather to continue farther south.

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We found this lovely new-to-us beach on the northern part of Staniel Cay. Next time we’ll return with our snorkel gear and our swimsuits!

Weather can be so cool.  This picture was off the starboard side of the boat at Staniel one morning:

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And this was the view off the port side of the boat:

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A stop in Little Bay was next, along with a hike to the blow hole (which I find very entertaining) in Black Point:

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Thar she blows!

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We then moved on to Lee Stocking where we snorkeled among plenty of fish and several rays, including one that was literally at least three feet across.

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We absolutely love Lee Stocking.  The water is so clear, and between the swimming, snorkeling, and hiking, we could easily spend weeks there (something we hope to do on our way north now that we have a water maker).  

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The water is so clear. When the wind drops off we could see the marks our anchor chain made.

 

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It’s always nice to be able to glance down and see how deep the anchor is buried.

 

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The dinghy looked like it was floating on air.

Unfortunately after several days a look at the weather for the upcoming week made it clear to us that it was time to skedaddle. After debating whether to head north back up to Pipe or south to Red Shanks, the desire to get more food at a well-stocked and reasonably priced (for the Bahamas) grocery store tipped the scales, so we pointed the bow towards Red Shanks near George Town.

5 thoughts on “Next stop: The Exumas.

  1. Hi Kimberly,
    I have enjoyed your blogs. The last picture reminds me of your Dinghy No. 5, which is both funny and insightful. We recently acquired a Walker Bay 8 with the new to us boat and would like to hear your experience. Did yours come with the floatation tube? Many thanks.
    Xiaolun

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    1. Hi Xiaolun – our Walker Bay did not come with a flotation tube. Jeff found the dinghy to be entirely too tippy and was ready to move on to dinghy number six until we tried the tubes. It made all of the difference. This dinghy is finally the keeper! Kimberly

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