|Our 'Trip Tik'|
Well we made it. We left Tuesday April 21 at 6:30 am from Lake Worth Inlet with our friends Sue & John Mackie on their 37' Lord Nelson Tug the 'John William'. Perfect sea conditions, pretty much flat with a slight swell. We ran into a rain squall around 9 am and although the skies looked threatening all day that was the only rain we saw and no wind. We made it to Great Sale Cay at 9:30 pm fell into an immediate deep sleep and left Wednesday morning for Green Turtle Cay. Another long day, 9 hours with on and off sprinkles and gray skies but again perfect seas and hardly any wind. The seas were dark blue in the Gulf Stream (piece of cake by the way) and a very gray blue most of the time because of the gray skies but when we arrived at Green Turtle the sun had come out and the water was gorgeous a pale emerald green and clear as a piece of tinted glass. You can see the bottom clearly even in 20' of water.
The small Bahamian Village on Green Turtle, New Plymouth, is what I expected in the way of colorful houses and friendly people but I was a bit surprised at the narrow 'golf cart' roads and lack of vegetation. My mistake, not knowing the Cay (pronounced Key) is mostly rock and the village is very tightly spaced sort of like a village in Europe.
Food is VERY expensive, in fact we wonder how they can do it, with no work to speak of. except tourism and that by boat. Just a sampling, a quart of milk $6. a large head of broccoli $6. a medium zucchini $3. a can of green beans $2.79, a pound of ground beef over $8. and a half gallon of ice cream at $12.60!
Yesterday we took our dinghies to the beach and snorkeled but it was shallow and we didn't see anything.. After we gave up snorkeling we did see a huge Sting Ray....at least 3 feet across swimming in about 3 feet of water about 20 feet from us. That was pretty cool.
We on a mooring in Black Sound on Green Turtle and will stay here until at least Thursday waiting out the two predicted cold fronts with high winds and lumpy water.
|New Plymouth Cemetery Very old crypts of piled stone mixed with the new poured ones.|
This edition of the blog will be trial and error. Sending it may be a different issue altogether. Pictures will have to be at a minimum.
Bye for now from Green Turtle, Abaco