Another Georgetown Day

Valt & Sandy
Sat 9 Mar 2013 16:16
March 9, 2013
Valt returned to our sailor neighbor to work on his outboard. In return they gave him more homemade bread. Afterward, we wanted to get off the boat for a walk. Although the island trails beckoned, we decided to go to town where we could walk faster and farther. We could also get a gas fill-up in the dinghy @ $6.18 per gallon and dispose our trash @ $2.00 per bag.

We walked the 1.5 mile perimeter of Lake Victoria a couple times before stopping at Peace N Plenty Resort and Restaurant for a cold beer. There was a couple from North Carolina staying at the resort and we enjoyed a pleasant conversation with them. There was nothing we really needed from the shops, but we did stop and buy a few fresh garden-grown tomatoes from a street vendor. Back to the dinghy dock behind the market, we found a friend lined up to fill his water jugs. There is always a line here because most boats do not have a watermaker. Free RO water is a rare treat. Most filled 4-6 five gallon jugs to take back to their boats, so the line moved slowly. Amber Isle does have a watermaker, and it makes 25 gallons per hour from sea water. The water is pure, clean, and tasty. Of course, it requires the generator to make the 220 electricity it needs and some routine maintenance.

Back aboard Amber Isle, we ate an early supper and dressed to go out. A jam session was planned at the far end of the island some 3 miles to the north. Musicians grabbed guitars, drums, fiddles, tambourines and voices and entertained the crowd. It was dark when we headed over and we tiptoed through the many anchored boats along the way. It was hard to see the dock and it was full of dinks. We finally fit our little boat in and walked ashore. A huge bonfire was burning. Music filled air. It was very good. Professionals as well as amateurs are welcome. The restaurant, Big D's, served Bahamian food and drinks. He offered cold beers 2 for $5.00. It was very festive. When it was time to leave, we followed our track back. Some boats have no anchor lights on. Others only one high atop the mast. Many smaller, unlit dinghies were out visiting other boats. So we shined the flashlight to check our path. It seemed to take a long time to wind our way thru the maze. The night air was cool, and we were glad to get back to our boat. But the evening was fun, and worth the effort to get there and back.