We're Baaaaaaaaaaack

Ambler Isle
V and S
Wed 13 Apr 2011 11:15
April 12, 2011
After a whirlwind visit, Eric, Sharon, and Emma left for Washington this afternoon. The adults spent the morning packing. Emma spent the morning smoozing her grandparents.  Although only four, she knew she was leaving and seemed to want to make the final bond with us.   Jim and Janie from Pirate came by and offered to take the luggage 2 miles across Elizabeth Harbour to Exuma Market where we were meeting Vencil, Taxi number 23.  He'd drive them to the airport.  Once they departed, we went and bought a few supplies.  The vegetable farmer was in town and we stocked up on homegrown tomatoes, green peppers, and even a papaya.  Jim and Janie met us at Nezzie Hot Dog stand for conch fritters.  Nezzie had not yet heated up the cooking oil so we had a little 45 minute wait.  But that was ok, we really are in the Bahamas, Mon.  We passed the time chatting with old Bahamian ladies who'd stopped by to visit with Nezzie.  We swapped conch recipes with them.
The week was a fantastic one.  We went to a different beach each day.  We took hikes.  We saw sea turtles, fish, rays, conch, even a rare pod of dolphins.  Emma, a very brave swimmer learned to snorkel with a mask and snorkel and also enjoyed "deep sea" swimming off the back of the Amber Isle. Her Dad swam nearby at all times, but she was dog paddling on her own.  The Belle of the Harbour, Emma received many small gifts from the cruisers: toys, beads, necklaces.  
Many boats have left Georgetown.  Less than 100 remain.  Some have travelled to other islands.  Some are already back in the US.  We hope to stay until 
June 1.   We really enjoy the place when it is less crowded. 
A huge yacht Apoise anchored near us a few days ago.  Today the crew of 15 went ashore.  They raked the sand, erected tents and umbrellas. Guests aboard the big boat could now go ashore and enjoy all the comforts of the yacht.  Tenders went back and forth delivering people.  Several jet skis sat near the beach, ready for fun.  Ah, the rich are different.
Although there was much to do on the boat, we opted for a nice nap.  Then we gathered up the stored trash and took it back to town.  We noticed that a few Family Island Regatta sloops were already in the harbour.  Hammers beat and sawed buzzed as the tiny wooden food shacks in Regatta Point were being constructed.  The big event would start in 2 weeks.  It goes for about a week and is the national "playoffs".  People come from all the islands, even from Nassau.  Some arrive in ships with sleeping compartments, others stay at family homes.  Fishermen bring their trawlers for the regatta. While it is not our favorite event here, we will probably attend some of the activities.  It seems to be one week-long drunk for the locals.  And in the evening the music cranks up full blast as full figured Bahamian women and girls dance for the enjoyment of the crowd. The wiry Bahamian men watch, drooling at the sight.   I imagine there are many births in January as a result. 
Back in the anchorage area off Stocking Island, we took a lazy dinghy cruise.  We went close to shore in some of the little coves, searching for a shallow, level spot to take Amber Isle for a bottom cleaning.  Seems that where it is 5' it is also lumpy bottom.  The perfect site is level enough to stand up and scrub.
We have enjoyed near perfect weather the past several weeks.  Sunny, cloudfree, light winds, low humidity.  The reports call for it to continue.  Although there are cold fronts off Florida, a high pressure ridge it shielding us from them.  Don't I sound like a real weatherman?  This calm means that even the ocean (Sound) side is calm and may tempt us out to snorkel.  Maybe hunt for some fresh fish.    Tomorrow we may move the boat back from this Sand Dollar anchorage to the Monument anchorage.  Oh no!  This almost sounds like PLANS. And you know we have no plan and we stick to it.