This is quarantine in paradise. ‘Pretty much like anywhere else, except the scenery is better.
At first I wasn’t excited about stopping at the islands within the boundaries of the Exumas Land and Sea Park, which runs a significant length of the Exumas chain; but it’s a nature preserve and, therefore, a “no take” zone for fish, conch and lobster.
So, I wasn’t excited. It sounded pretty, which is nice, but you can’t eat pretty.
The decision to sail to New Providence Island to retrieve Barbara’s lens would mean a stopover in the northern Exumas and adventures in the tourist hive of Nassau.
We bypassed some potential great little bays to get to Rock Sound for a reason that drives a lot of our decisions down here – weather!
We planned to drop the hook in Alabaster Bay for two reasons – an abandoned US Navy base with a direct link to my military career and what were reportedly the most beautiful pink sand beaches in the Bahamas.
“Skinny water” refers to shallow depth and is commonly used to describe the extremely shallow Bahamian waters. It’s not uncommon for us to have only two or three feet under the keel during significant portions of a sail, and we’ve had less than a foot at times!
Two and a half weeks into our new life as sea gypsies, we stumble through both fun and adventure in the Bahamas!