Life must be good as an Exuma Park ranger. I love the job they do protecting to wildlife from overfishing and poaching. There are no stores, no restaurants, or anything on Warderic Wells, but they get their provisions by speedboat and party with the cruisers. I could live their life with only 8 people living on the island! I’m not sure if Dave could, though. However, we are not ready for me to find a wildlife job yet and settle. We have a lot more cruising ahead of us.
Anyway, we started our day with a walk on the island and followed the Boo Boo Hill Trail. Boo Boo Hill is a tradition amongst cruisers where each visiting boat writes their name on a piece of wood and adds it to the pile. Totally unprepared, we had not kept a lookout for a good piece of driftwood. Had I known ahead of time, I would have used my wood and carving tools and prepared a sign ahead of time. Oh well, we created a shoddy, flimsy sign painted with the dinghy numbering paint and a paintbrush that was way too bushy. We added it to the pile. Each year a cruiser returns, they are supposed to dig through the pile for their sign and paint the new year on it. If we do return, I will make a new sign and put both years on it, replacing our crude, childish looking one.
We also walked to the blowholes, but they are best seen at high tide. High tide was 2 ½ – 3 hours away, so we saw some good spray but not the whole shebang. The view was beautiful and still quite rewarding.
We returned to the boat to cook up some dinner, since we invited Mike and Cherie from Pura Vida over. They have been extremely helpful, taking us under their wing. We were in the Emerald Rock anchorage this morning, when they called by VHF to advise us that moorings were open in the Northwest side and that a front coming through was going to make the Emerald Rock moorings quite uncomfortable for tonight. We checked with Exuma Park and received the first mooring inside, right next to Pura Vida. Perfect!
After dinner and cocktails and great conversation, it was time to go to Ranger Henry’s Super Bowl party. Most of the boats showed up and they had quite a large and raucous crowd! We saw the Patriots score then the Seahawks even the score a couple times, then half time entertainment was provided by George, the self-appointed cruiser event DJ. We stayed for the third quarter, long enough to see the Seahawks completely dominate the quarter, but we don’t know if they held onto their lead. We’ll find out tomorrow.
We were tired and needed rest, especially since, Ken, one of the park rangers, invited Dave and I out on patrol with them the next morning! Incredibly awesome! I can’t wait!