It is so weird how we live by the sun now. We wake around sunrise and feel ready for bed when darkness falls. If we stayed asleep all night, we would be getting 11-12 hours of sleep! However, when you go to bed at 8:00 pm, the likelihood of sleeping through to 7:00 am or so is slim. Therefore, I am writing blogs at 2:00 am.
In the morning, many boats left the busy anchorage, making a beeline for Georgetown before the next expected cold front comes through. This anchorage is nice and calm now and we should have one more nice night here, so we opted to stay and move the next day to Little Farmers Cay (where we would have protection from the westerly winds). We took advantage of the vacancies and moved the boat closer to land where the water and wind was even calmer. Obviously, we also live by the weather now. We have to be aware of changes at all times and be prepared to take the appropriate action.
For now we had a play day. We revisited the pigs and saw the babies. Wow, the piglets were so cute! But man! Do they grow up to be big! Not exactly good boat pet material. They moved too quickly for me to get a good shot of them.
Next, we followed Michael and Cherie from Pura Vida on the dinghies to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club where we had a delicious lunch. After seeing what happens to the pigs when the population becomes too large, I ordered fish. I am actually finding I can eat fish when it is nice and fresh, and the blackened mahi sandwich was amazing. Being Sunday, though, everything else was closed. Church is a very important part of the island lifestyle and the Baptist service runs 3-4 hours long! A tiny store opened after service, around 2:30 pm, and I picked up a few groceries. Our stock is getting thin since the last provisioning was in Marathon, Florida, and I didn’t get much there.
After walking around town, we dinghied over to Thunderball Grotto, donned our wetsuits, fins, mask, and snorkel, and swam into the cave. The entrance is low, so we went near low tide and still had to keep our heads down, though we didn’t have to dive under to pass through.
Inside, the seemingly solid rock island opens up and is hollow inside.
There are several holes in the rock where sunlight was streaming through causing light streaks in the water. It was breathtakingly beautiful! Hundreds of fish swam around us.
I came prepared with Funyons, because we learned that fish love Funyons, and I was soon completely surrounded by a rainbow of color. I wish mom could have gone in, but the water is still in the low 70s and she doesn’t have a wetsuit, so she opted to stay and watch the dinghies. We need to get to warmer water or get a better underwater camera!