Hello from the Bahamas

Well we made it all the way down to George Town in south Exuma!  Things are going great!  It is definitely a fast moving trip but we are seeing some of the sights and getting a taste for the Bahamas.  The water is amazing!  I never knew there were so many shades of blue!  The life in the water is nice, nothing like some of the destination scuba sites, but nice none the less.  We have seen sharks, whales, dolphins, turtles, rays, barracuda, and many many species of reef fish!  In fact, I was almost attacked by a barracuda!  It’s the last time I use my shinny underwater camera!!!!!  He was chasing me, showing its teeth and waiting for the right time to bite!  Darrin says he was just interested…. I disagree!  🙂

Sailing has been good, Unfortunately, we knew that moving east was going to be hard seeing that the prevailing winds are from the East, but we are making progress.  There has been a lot more motor sailing that we wanted, but that’s what happens when you have a timeline.  😦

The islands range from uninhabited (my favorite) to small towns.  Darrin has come to love the bar hoping on each island!  He seems to like the more pristine islands with a few bars over the well developed islands like Staniel Cay.  They are touristy, expensive and full of entitled rich people.  🙂

So far we have both really enjoyed Pineapples at Green Turtle Cay, Spanish Wells and our visit to Budda’s bar, Shroud Cay and the dingy ride through the mangroves and drifting in the current at the end! Wardrick Wells and our very first sundowners on the beach with fellow cruisers, and probably our favorite so far was Little Farmers and our political discussion with Terry at Ocean Cabin and our rum punch at Ty’s.

As for sights – Thunderbolt Grotto in Staniel Cay was amazing, you swim in and it is an open cavern with an abundance of fish.  We also really like the snorkeling in Wardrick Wells, though the barracuda left a slightly sour taste in my mouth.  🙂

As you probably have realized we are not following our proposed agenda at all…..  Wind, interests and new knowledge has all lead to a bit of an “at a whim” planning!

I do know we are leaving the Exumas after George Town and headed to Conception Cay, assuming the weather stays south of East.  Then well see.  Would like to get to Rum Cay but the anchorages are pretty tricky with lots of swell.  But we will be making our way to Turks and Caicos for the jump to Luperon in the DR.

All is well with us, we are enjoying it and have not yet tried to push each other off the boat!

More to come!  Happy Friday the 13th!

Miss you all!

Kendra and Darrin

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