It’s been a while since we’ve last posted and we’re a little behind because we’ve actually been in Eleuthera for the past few weeks. Anyways, below is a little bit of our adventures during our last weeks in the Exumas : )
Jordan speared this Slipper Lobster and Hogfish in some corals just west of Windsock Cay. The Slipper Lobster was an odd looking thing, but to our surprise we liked it much better than Spiny Lobster!
We stayed at Lee Stocking Island for a few days waiting out a nasty cold front. The island had TONS of coconuts and a few nice trails to hike…including Perry’s Peak, the highest point in the Exumas (a whopping 123 feet!).
After Lee Stocking, we made our way up to “The Mice” – a bunch of small cays cluttered together. The area had some amazing snorkeling and was a fantastic spot to hang around in bad weather.
Meet Cub! Jordan and I were on our way back to Nami after snorkeling and exploring around the rats when we saw something from afar right in the middle of one of the cuts (the opening between two cays leading out to the open ocean). The current was crazy strong in this area. I could barely swim against it (the reason we were done snorkeling for the day). Anyways, our first thought was “OMG is that a person?!?”, but as we got closer we realized it was a dog. He seemed lost and exhausted so we pulled up to him and I lifted him up into the dinghy. We couldn’t tell if he came from one of the islands or he was swept in with the current from the ocean side. I noticed he had a tag with a Bahamas phone number and his name, Cub. I had my phone on me so I called the number but of course it was disconnected. We used the handheld VHF to call out on the radio to see if anyone was missing their dog, but nothing. Well, we just so happened to be off an island that Johnny Depp supposedly owns…so we figured, hey why not check if the dog belongs to someone on that island. We didn’t see Johnny, but one of the people working on the island recognized the dog. He ended up being from another one of the nearby cays. Turns out, Cub makes the swim back and forth from the two islands every day. Jordan and I actually interrupted his swim while on his way back home. Oops! Better safe than sorry…and I was already prepared to accept a new crewmate : )
After the Mice, we anchored west of Pipe Creek to stage for our crossing to Eleuthera. We stayed here last year once, and it is still one of our favorite anchorages. It’s deceivingly larger than it seems in the chart books…and sooo beautiful! The snorkeling is fantastic and the water is insane.
We were fishing off of the boat with some conch slop we found on the beach and caught this guy. First stingray we’ve ever caught. Those guys are tough fighters! Of course we unhooked him and let him go unharmed.