Brian and I have finally recuperated from our on-the-go travels and guests. We were blessed with excellent weather with which to leave Georgetown, Great Exuma and sail to Thompson Bay, Long Island. Ahhhhh…it now feels as though we are really in the Bahamas! At Thompson Bay and nearby Salt Pond we’ve reunited with dear friends, John & Penny of p/h (private home) Fairhaven, as well as several other familiar and friendly Long Island dwellers. It’s great to be back at this home away from home!
Our first few days at Long Island were cloudy, breezy, cool and rainy (I’ll refrain from the word “cold” because I know family and friends who are experiencing actual “COLD” back in the Polar Vortex we once called the Northeastern United States). We hunkered down for two days of rain and set to work creating a checklist to prepare for our next venture toward Panama. After a review and few additions to the ‘Boat Projects Checklist’ it was set aside and the ‘Panama Priority Checklist’ was created. Many of our priority items required use of the internet, and since our data plan had expired and we were two miles via dinghy away from the nearest internet source at the Long Island Breeze Resort, we decided a few more hours…or days of hunkering and relaxing would suffice.
As soon as the sunshine reappeared, we were off scampering about the island! (Well, we did some long walks along the ocean side beach during the intermittent rain showers.) We headed to the “cruisers beach” at the northeastern end of Thompson Bay. Here, we resurrected the campfire ring; the conch shells had been buried and scattered in the sand. And then…onward to the trails!
Beyond the campfire ring is a trail that leads to Indian Hole Point Road. Along this short trail you’ll also find a freshwater well; I’d not recommend it for drinking but the thought of laundry has crossed my mind… At the end of the trail, we turned left onto Indian Hole Point Road and walked along trying to avoid falling to our doom down into the monstrous potholes.
There are several private homes along this road, a small bungalow-style beach resort, and several lots for sale. Many of the unfinished lots have driveways leading back to the shoreline on the Thompson Bay. We side-tracked along a driveway and meandered our way along the shores of the bay.
A Willet (thanks, Mark S.!) on the hunt along the shoreline.
This was no Compromise, the beach won.
Tiny coral bits along the shoreline.
A natural footbridge to bring us along the bend.
Indian Hole Point was a rocky, limestone ledge leading around the point just above the water with caves to poke into and explore.
Footing was tricky…as the ledge became narrower…
We had a fabulous walk around the point onto two other small, sandy beaches and back onto a trail that led us to Indian Hole Point Road for a smooth walk home.