Norman's Cay to Shroud Cay
V and S
Tue 24 Feb 2009 19:58
We awoke to a glorious morning. ( No need for sleeping pills here). In the
5 days at Norman's Cay we'd fished, taken long walks through the ruined
remains of the drug lord's kingdom and eaten lunch at Cuff's restaurant.
Fishing had provided us many treasures of the sea, especially a huge 50"
Mahi Mahi. We'd made new friends. We took long dinghy rides. We were not
really done there, but the weather man predicted some higher winds the next
few days, so we pulled out the charts to look for a calmer haven. There,
barely five miles to the south sat Shroud Cay. Shroud Cay is part of the
Exuma Land and Sea Park. We'd been here before and especially enjoyed taking
a dinghy ride picnic through the mangrove maze to the Exuma Sound which is
the Atlantic Ocean side. There is an old Camp site where a hermit boater
used to set up a living area when he wanted to get off the boat. It had a
makeshift chair, table, and various sea debris he found to add that homey
look. The Park took everything away and now calls it "Camp Driftwood". It
is at the end of the Mangrove canal, and is surrounded by big sand bars And
we can walk quite far out into the ocean on one. Last year the Park
installed mooring balls in the anchorage and require us to tie to them at
$15 per night or to anchor much further from shore in the less calm waters.
They want to protect the sea floor. We opted for the mooring ball.