We really need a good day! We are so tired of all the self-created drama! Michael and Cherie from Pura Vida invited us over for a BBQ after our sickening grounding, which ended the day on a good note. The next morning Michael and Cherie appointed themselves our tour directors and insisted we follow them in our dinghy to the “Sea Aquarium.” By the way, they also showed us their “looky bucket” and gave us a piece of Plexiglas to make our own. I cut the bottom out of a bucket and silicone in the Plexiglas. Looky buckets are amazing! It is like snorkeling without getting wet. It gives you a clear view of the reefs, fish, whatever is below.
Our friendly park ranger, Ken, stopped by to chat with us during his rounds and we invited him to dinner. He politely accepted and we made plans for an early dinner, so he could return to Warderic Wells before sunset.
We made the long trek to the “Sea Aquarium.” On the way, we stopped off at a plane wreck and used the bucket to check it out. It was neat to see, but it has not really turned into a coral reef yet. We continued on until we tied the dinghies up at a dinghy mooring. Mom stayed in the dinghy and used the looky bucket and Dave and I snorkeled in our wet suits (the water is only about 70 degrees F). It was amazing! Fish swam all around us and right in our faces. Gorgeous parrotfish fed off the coral. I don’t know my fish varieties very well, but they were varied and quite numerous.
On the way back, we stopped by the beach on Pasture Cay. I think this is Johnny Depp’s Island. If not, then it is close by. Anyway, Ranger Ken told us that all beaches are public domain, so we could visit any beach in the Bahamas regardless of who owns the island. However, Ranger Henry and a Defense Force guy told us we have to leave. We were not allowed on the beach due to an anti-smuggling operation. Someone had stolen some of the rare iguanas for sale on the black market. I believe this story is true, but then we were told the area would available for public use again after Sunday. Dave questioned why Sunday?
As we later found out, there was also a security operation in effect. Apparently Johnny Depp got married? We haven’t gotten the news in some time, but that is the rumor. And he flew in all his guests for a reception or party on his island. The park rangers and Defense Force were keeping out the paparazzi.
So far the day was going great, even if we did get busted for almost crashing Johnny Depp’s reception. That evening Ranger Ken brought Terence from the Defense Force and Michael and Cherie joined us for dinner. It was a lot of fun, but I was sad to think that we would be leaving Exuma Park the next day and might not see our friend, Ranger Ken, again. We would also be leaving Pura Vida behind. A cold front was expected the next evening and we wanted to ride it out in the nice and safe Compass Cay Marina. It is expensive, though, so Michael and Cherie were going to wait it out in Cambridge Cay. They did ask if we would mind if they dinghied over to meet us for lunch and were pleased we would see them again so soon. They are so nice and have totally taken us under their wing. We are fortunate to have befriended them.