It’s amazing how much life varies from day to day. I expected to have a lot of days that would blend together and the lines blur, but so far that hasn’t been the case. For instance, yesterday we almost died in the dinghy and today we had a beautiful sail. We intended on going to Normans Cay but heard over the VHF that the anchorage was rather crowded. Therefore, we adjusted our course further south to Shroud Cay. We immediately spotted an available mooring ball and hooked ourselves up for the next couple of nights. Then we ate and slept. Then we watched a movie, “Lucy,” and are again ready for bed and it is only 8:30 pm. Of course, we are still exhausted from paddling until we nearly dropped dead. Tomorrow, we will properly equip the dinghy and follow the tide in to explore the mangroves. I can hardly wait. But for now, more sleep.
Today is another of those days we live for. Last night, the anchorage was just rocking enough to lull us to sleep and calm enough that we didn’t have any sharp noises or motion. We used up the lobster leftovers in fried rice for an early lunch, then loaded up the dinghy for an adventure. I must say, I have had an upset stress stomach since our last dinghy adventure and I don’t want to fear it, so the best thing is to get right back in – although this time properly prepared.
We brought a VHF, GPS, flashlight, water, electrolytes, knife, Mylar emergency blankets, and an anchor with a long line. These things are now in a devoted dinghy bag. We also brought the spot, so the map page will show an interesting trail through the mangroves on the island.
The day was perfect! The water was clear and beautiful. The mangrove was serene and the beaches quiet and mostly deserted.
We walked up a trail to the top of the island and were rewarded with an amazing view from “Driftwood Camp.”
There wasn’t a lot of wildlife around, but we did see a lizard and a green heron. A harrier or osprey flew overhead, but I didn’t have the camera out. Darn!
The dinghy ride back to the boat was even better and my stomach has finally eased up. I was very affected by our dinghy fail two days ago! We will NEVER be so unprepared again!