Boo Boo Hill
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sat 9 Apr 2011 21:04
Boo Boo Hill, Warderick Wells Cay, Exumas
We left Beez to go ashore, we needed to pay $15 to be on the mooring buoy, $10 for internet and then we could ramble. On Baby Beez we passed this girl called Down Time and for the first time ever, saw a mistress aboard - complete with rollers - yet another first.
Tied to the dinghy dock we went in search of the lady with the wonderful radio voice. Loved the Ranger Stuff and spare buoys
Paid up, ramble sheets in hand we went to the fabulously named Powerful Beach in search of the whale skeleton, sadly died after eating rubbish bags. I didn't have the heart to tell Bear it wasn't actually a cannon.
On the beach we saw the first of many interesting plants with information boards
and a 'One Careful Owner'
The Lore of Boo Boo Hill: On a wild, stormy day many years ago a luckless schooner sank off Warderick Wells. All souls perished in the disaster. Not a single body was recovered for a Christian burial. Local people say that if you climb say that if you climb to the crest of the hill at the bloom of the full moon, you can hear the voices of the lost souls singing hymns.
A quick look back at the girl and off on the trail
Incredible how plants manage to survive in these harsh conditions
Accessing fresh water is the prerequisite to survival on Warderick Wells. There are no rivers or streams and for nine months of the year, rainfall is scarce so plants and animals have to be creative. Some plants have evolved to cope with salt water. The edible seapurslane, common along the beach edge, survives with large quantities of salt in its tissue. Mangrove trees deal with the salt problem in a variety of ways. If you licked the back of a black mangrove leaf, you would find it very salty. Black mangroves excrete excess salt through tiny pores on the leaf surface. Red mangroves are able to filter out salt at the roots. A mangrove swamp will have portions that are dry while other parts are much wetter. Flooded by the tide every twelve hours, the sand here is always salty and wet, and this permits a variety species to survive. Not all plants cope with salt as well as mangroves. Fortunately for many, a freshwater lens exists under the island. Rainwater percolates down through the limestone and collects at sea level. Due to different specific gravities of salt and fresh water, the fresh remains delicately balanced on top of the salt water, thus creating a freshwater lens. This water is life itself for many inhabitants of the island. Natural sinkholes in the rock act like wells and provide access to the lens for people. Certain plants, including many grasses, have roots that find their way through cracks and hollows in the rock all the way down to this fresh water lens. A common alternative plant strategy is a vast network of shallow roots which are very efficient at collecting what little rainfall nature provides.
Bear crossing Bamshee Creek
Looking up the huge seventy foot elevation of Boo Boo Hill
We wandered up to the top and saw a pile of driftwood labeled by many visiting crews (must carry a felt tip) and blow holes on the flatter area
We couldn't explore this northern area as it was closed due to nesting tropicbirds
The view from Boo Boo hill, here looking out to sea
A last look at the girl (behind the cat) before we made our way back to the office
Nocturnal rodents, this stuffed one in the office was a close as we would get to a Bahama Hutia
ALL IN ALL A SMASHING RAMBLE
SUCH A BIG HILL