Okay, we admit it. We wimped out! We sought safe refuge inside a marina in order to get some solid sleep. The weather just hasn’t been very cruiser friendly. We were hoping to ease into cruising life, but instead we are charging in headfirst. Unfortunately, every night spent in a marina just blows our budget out of the water. How much is sleep worth? You’d be surprised!
We all slept soundly last night. The water was calm and protected, the wind was still screaming, but the boat motion and noise was minimal. Feeling more rested, we took a walk around the island, where I saw cute birds (warblers?) taking advantage of a dripping hose of fresh water.
We found a deserted beach and mom and I lounged in the shade enjoying the cool breeze and beautiful view. Dave walked along the shore until the temptation could no longer be resisted and he waded out into the clear aqua water.
The view from above shows the difference between how coral and sea grass appear in the water. Sea grass is a much lighter dark patch in the water. Those really dark spots are what we look for on the boat and steer to avoid.
These small hard-shelled snails are all over the beach, leaving adorable trails in the sand. It is so cool to see everything so pristine. In California, the only things we saw on the beach were people, seagulls, and cigarette butts. This is a nice change of pace. Oh, and if anyone is planning to visit Highborne Cay, nurse sharks do visit that marina. They swarm around the end of the fuel dock where the fishermen using the cleaning tables toss the unwanted fish parts into the water. There were at least 10 swimming around!