Norman's Cay

Ambler Isle
V and S
Thu 28 May 2009 18:47
24:34.75N 76:48.5W
May 24, 2009
Ah, Norman's Cay. This is the former home of the drug cartel headed by Carlos Leder in
the 80s. There were 3 other boats in our anchorage, and 6 on the beachside
anchorage. The current was very strong. We grilled some steaks and had a
quiet evening in after our long run.
After breakfast the next day, we headed out to tour the island, especially a
pontoon boat dragged to the highest point on the island in the Carlos Leder
days. As soon as we reached shore, the rains began. We took shelter in an
old abandoned house. We amused ourselves studying the construction, and
imagining who'd lived there. Soon lightning and thunder shattered the
tranquility. After 45 minutes, a break in the rain allowed us get to the
dinghy and return to the boat just in time for the next deluge.How
disappointing. After lunch Valt and David hopped in the dinghy again, this
time hoping to go drift fishing. Would the rains ever stop? It had
scarcely rained the entire trip until this week.
The next day we got our wish. We walked several miles up to the pontoon boat. It was pretty ragged after its over land trip up the hill and all these years. We spotted a huge land crab hiding in a cave. We'd hoped to have lunch at the Norman's Cy Beach Club at McDuff's, but it was closed on Mondays. Back on the boat, we suited up to take a snorkel trip on the reef off Wax Cay. It was wonderfully calm and clear and the dive enjoyable.
We left Norman's Cay the next day.