Sitting on a mooring at the park headquarters at Warderick Wells, waiting out the weather, I thought I’d do a quick update. In the two weeks we have been in the Bahamas we have had several opportunities to wait out fronts with moderate winds and welcome rain showers. It seems every time we get the boat all salty, the next day it rains and gets all washed off. Between the frontal passages the weather has been perfect. This year’s Gulf Stream and Bank crossings were ideal including a night at anchor near the Northwest Shoal on the Bank with tons of stars and a full moon. As always, the Exumas don’t disappoint with the beautiful water colors for snorkeling and the wonderful opportunities for hiking along the rocky shoreline and among the ruins from a time when the Loyalists left the American Colonies and attempted to farm the rocky islands of the Bahamas. It’s unclear if it was the lack of good soil or the pirate activities in the Islands that brought an end to the farming but all that is left are piles of rocks indicating the former location of homes and rock walls.
There is a tradition on Warderick Wells at Boo Boo Hill where cruisers can leave signs with their boat names on pieces of driftwood in a large pile at the top of the hill. We hiked to the top of the hill and found Stormy Petrel’s board from the last time and brought it back to the boat and added ’17 to it and placed it back atop the pile.
This year we are again cruising in company with Tom and Sue onboard Sandcastle, a Catalina 42, and hoping to catch up with Scott and Donna onboard Saltine when they get a window to cross from Miami.
Ron and Kathy
S/V Stormy Petrel