After leaving George Town, we stayed at Emerald Bay Marina for 3 nights and regrouped a bit. We got some laundry done, caught up on blog posts and using the internet for things, and enjoyed the luxury of showering every night with more than 1 gallon of water. Yes. I have my showers down to 1 gallon when we’re on the boat….and even that is just a rinse down and never rinses my hair out that great. But anyways, we had a good time venturing around some of the nearby resorts, and eating a meal out at the local pub. The last night we were there, we coordinated with other cruisers for a pot luck in the lounge which was fun to meet other cruisers staying there.
After a few nights at a marina, we headed out continuing North to find good protection for an upcoming weather front. It was forecasted to blow about 30-40+ knots, and we didn’t want to be in a marina bouncing off the wall dock in that kind of wind. We tucked in behind Great Guana Cay and sat at anchor for a few days waiting out the weather.
After a few days at anchor we were so anxious to get moving again. Richard went to shore once just to walk around, but I didn’t get off the boat there. With a bit of wind, we continued on a few miles to Black Point where we stayed another two days until the wind really died off.
It was a good sail, and we visited shore at Black Point to check out the couple restaurants where we enjoyed our well deserved rum punches after being stuck on the boat so long. We walked around the island where we found many houses which were started, but barely much was completed past the foundation. After seeing so many lots with partially built homes, we talked to some locals in the bar and asked why there were so many unfinished projects. It seems that if you have property in the Bahamas, if you don’t build at least a foundation within a specific timeframe, the government will take the property from you, and you would no longer have it to pass on to future generations. Therefore, there’s many lots with just some building materials and foundations started. They might not have the money to finish a home, but they don’t want to lose the property for their family.
This home seems like there was come recent work on it, there were new frames set for the roofing, the concrete mixer in the driveway. Hopefully this home will reach completion before it becomes another desolate abandoned frame.
Often there are weeds and flowers growing up through the foundation after it’s been left to rot away over the years.
We then walked to the other side of the island where there was a big blowhole at high tide. The waves come crashing in from the ocean and break through the limestone and blow spray up through holes that have been worn through the rock over time. You can kind of see it peeking out to the left of where Richard is standing in the picture below.
A lot of the islands have this rocky limestone landscape. It’s really interesting walking around so many of the islands and seeing how they’ve been formed and changed with erosion over the years. You can just be walking along the road and there will be a big crater hole right off the side of the street! Sadly a lot of times they’re full of trash, but sometimes, you can see water deep in the bottom.
It was a really windy day, as you can see from Dianna and my lovely hairstyles. Even though we have smiles on our faces, I was having bad day after being stuck on the boat waiting out the weather for the previous few days. And then getting off the boat into the dinghy, smacking my elbow on the toerail (the black rail along the top edge of our boat) while I was trying to hold on while Richard put the motor on the dinghy for us to get to shore. But, Dianna and I found the rum drink specials and it ended up not being too bad of an evening, even with a sore arm. It seems that no matter what you do, you’re always getting bumps and bruises on the boat. Stumbling in the cabin when you’re not expecting a big motor boat’s wake along side you, smacking your foot on a cleat, banging into the doorway of the head (bathroom)….or other normal clumsy things I did before living on a boat like stubbing my toe on anything.
The last day we were in Black Point, we heard someone on the radio talking about walking to a castle. And we were surprised to even hear about a castle on a small island. But low and behold, we hiked a couple miles and stumbled upon this home, built by a couple from California, who indeed built a castle on the shoreline. They have everything self sustaining from wind and solar, to making their own water! It was a bit bizarre and seemingly out of place, but it was cool to find.
The couple also had a boat that they were trying to salvage that was on the beach near their castle. But from the looks of it, there wasn’t much left to salvage, and it had been neglected for a long time.
After the weather really was starting to turn around, we had a nice breakfast and made our way to Wardrick Wells, which is a Land and Sea Park which protects the wildlife from being fished out and killed on the islands in a certain radius around a small chain of islands. Shoutout to my favorite coffee brand, Cafe Bustelo, which we enjoyed on this beautiful morning where Richard made us latte’s, oatmeal, sliced up a grapefruit for a great breakfast.
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