The Coral Garden at Cambridge Cay

Once again, Brian and I braved the “COLD” for some exploring during Bruce and Kathy’s visit to Rode Trip. The sun was shining today, but the persistent north – northwest winds continued throughout the day. One of the activities we looked forward to at the Exuma Land and Sea Park was snorkeling. Fortunately, the Coral Garden located on the Sound side of the cay was well protected from the wind. And so we headed out to explore.

Bruce, Brian, and I jumped into the water after we suited up in wetsuits. When we had our fill, Kathy chose the drier route. She put on a mask and looked over the side of the dinghy while Brian steered us down the reef with the current. It was beautiful!
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Hiking at Cambridge Cay

We’d traveled to Cambridge Cay, located in the Exuma Land and Sea Park, and hoped that despite the chilly, blustery weather from the front we could still show Bruce and Kathy some beautiful sights. The Bahamas helped with that because of course everywhere they looked was surrounded by brilliant shades of blue. Brian and I were COLD; north – northwest winds had dropped the temperature to an estimated 60-degrees! Bruce and Kathy were loving the warmth having escaped snowy, truly COLD Pennsylvania. On this vacation morning, we pulled ourselves out from beneath our cozy fleece blankets and climbed into the dinghy for exploring.

Cambridge Cay offered a hiking trail that enabled us to circumnavigate the island. We began by crossing from the Banks side to the Sound side of the island. Then, we climbed the trail along the coast and marveled at the calm ocean waters below.

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We spotted a hutia hiding in the brush. These small, rodent-like, mammals are indigenous to the Bahamas. They reside on several islands within the Exuma Land and Sea Park boundaries.

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Along the way we met some fellow cruisers who were fish-watching from the cliffs. Can you imagine the water so clear that we could easily spot trigger fish and a barracuda from high above!

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We continued on back along the Banks side of Cambridge Cay. We checked out the pond we had viewed from above and spotted some ducks swimming. We combed the beach for goodies and found a patch of coral fans that someone walking before us had neatly lined along the beach.

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Back near the dinghy we were racing the rain as more dark clouds were rolling over the cay. We were glad to have a mooring ball fully protected from a westerly wind. We made it back to Rode Trip just before the first raindrops fell and were glad to be out of the wind!

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