Sunday, April 21, 2013

After the Flyacide

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Somewhere along the last few weeks Georgia picked up a cadre of flies. Not enough to draw me into action, but enough that I knew the boat would not be a happy home for both the flies and for Chris. In my busy schedule I had finished scanning a Schwab investor magazine. I folded this baby up into about a third length ways. After looking at the weapon, I decided it was definitely too small to take out Chris, so I went after the flies. First I closed off the companionway and slid over the hatch screens. This way they couldn’t get out or call for reinforcements. Over a two day battle, I got them all --- except one. This last one was really fast and tireless. I was starting to get afraid that it might breed and through some Darwinian nightmare I’d end up with a sub-breed of super flies that could easily outpace my attacks and hand-eye coordination. In the end we decided on a negotiated draw.

Then it was off to the airport on Staniel Cay to pickup Chris. I took the dinghy over to Isles General Store and tied it to their dock. It was 1:30 – the same time that the sign on the door says they are open. I asked a couple of German cruisers who were sitting near by when the store would be open. They were pretty sure at 1:30 – just nobody was sure what day. I wanted to look around and see if they had fresh vegies in stock or yogurt. At about 10 to 2 I decided to walk over to the air strip to start looking for Chris’ plane. The store could wait till latter. Her flight was due in at 2:30. Some days the Flamingo Air flight from Nassau leaves an hour early, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to show up early. There’s an open air ‘waiting room’ next to the airstrip that looks like a large school bus stop. At least it was cool with the shade and the sea breezes. At about 2:45 a small twin engine prop plane lands and taxis up to the tarmac in front of the waiting room. Out climb the passengers. None of which did I recognize. Their luggage was dropped onto the tarmac and quickly the waiting passengers loaded up for their flight to Nassau. The last one in line didn’t get on. I heard a bit of an excited voice conversation that ended with her being told that there was another Nassau plane on its way.  After the plane and the passengers left, there was still a small pile of luggage on the tarmac. About 25 minutes latter another twin engine prop landed. This time when the 6 passengers started climbing out I recognized a blonde onboard.

It was good see Chris after a 3 week break. She looked good except for the swollen and cracked lip. I first figured that it was another run-in with TSA. It turned out to be caused by another airline overhead bin vs. passenger incident. Flying can be tough these days. Chris’ bag didn’t come out of the small luggage compartment off this plane. Fortunately it was one of the ones in the pile left from the previous flight.

Back home on Georgia things have settled down and we are trying to work out a decent living arraignment with the last super fly. Derrek (son) and Mary (girlfriend) show up on Tuesday. The weather’s supposed to be decent for the week, so it should be a snorkeling extravaganza.

Paul

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Got the Laundromat Blues

I got the all night laundry mat blues

Washing everything I own except my shoes

If you wear clothes, you got to pay the dues.

Joe Walsh

blackpointeDSCN0240 I’m in picturesque Black Pointe. The towns is a working Bahamian town – fishing, farming, trades. No mega-yachts. One of the highlights is the Laundromat. It has its own dinghy dock (pic above).

blackpointeDSCN0279 Here’s the view while you are popping in the tokens to dry your load. How many places can you go where the Laundromat supplies its own dinghy dock --- heaven.

cambridgeDSCN0254 cambridgeDSCN0276 A little fish art

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The Sergeant Major patrolling his turf

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I’m really glad that she is a friendly shark

 

Chris is still back in San Diego helping out her parents with health issues. She should be back onboard to light up the cabin mid-next week.

Paul

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Little Bahamas Diving Video

I don’t usually post videos because we just don’t have the bandwidth to even watch them. Here’s a slick video that Meghan and Tyler took while they were down here in the Exumas. It starts with some great shots of diving with the Spotted Eagle Rays. Then there’s some interesting shots of a large remora trying to attach to Georgia’s bottom while we are sailing over a shallow sand bottom at 6 knots.

Paul

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thanks you Ohana.

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Now is this really a cool way to enter a marine park and reserve? A 157 foot mega-yacht comes into one of the nicest anchorages in the Exuma Land and Sea Park (Cambridge Cay) and takes a mooring (that is is limited to boats under 150ft) – then proceeds to setup an entire water amusement park with water slides and dumps a string of Jet skis out from the aft garage. What inconsiderate idiots. Now I’m not prejudiced against motor yachts – heck, some of my best cruising friends drive trawlers. Give me a break MV Ohana, there are tons of anchorages outside the park to setup Disneyland Bahamas. I guess the good news is you just can’t fit in a full blown cruise ship here.

If you’d like to charter the Ohana for a week, here’s the link http://www.charterworld.com/index.html?sub=yacht-charter&charter=ohana-1276 or perhaps find a more considerate boat to charter.

Paul