Rode Trip has More Company!

Mark arrived on schedule from Chicago and we welcomed him with open arms. (Don’t think I wasn’t thinking it…I was…can we fit 5 people comfortably aboard Rode Trip!? Thank goodness we are a close-knit and adventurous family.)

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It didn’t take Mark long to settle into the Bahamas. We anchored Rode Trip between Big Majors Spot and Little Majors Spot so that we’d be snuggled for the next front. Yes, the weather knew we had a new arrival and scheduled wind accordingly. Mark jumped right into the water and soon found his own treasures.

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Kathy rejoiced in having her two boys in the same location.

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It was soon time to get ready for dinner. Tonight, we’d be dining in style at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. We took shifts down below, in the meantime Brian made sundowners. While out on deck amidst the scurrying of a crowded boat, I heard a familiar sound coming from Big Majors Spot. Hmmm…was that a…let me take a closer look…

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Yes! Yes there were goats on Big Majors Spot! I was giddy at the sight of them and we all paused to watch them traverse the rocky shoreline.

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After a beautiful sunset, we took the long dinghy ride to Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

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Thanks, Bruce and Kathy for a wonderful night on the town! What a great birthday celebration for Brian and I to enjoy great company, cold drinks, and delicious food!

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Compass Cay with the ‘Rents

Brian and I wanted to share one of our favored stops in the Exumas, Compass Cay. We left Rode Trip safely moored and dinghied from Cambridge Cay across the cut to Compass. We’d brought along our hiking shoes and a light lunch.

Notes from our fabulous day from Guest Bloggers, Kathy & Bruce: So much to see today, coral gardens, mamouth starfish, Rachel’s Bubble Bath and shell hunting galore. Brian introduced Bruce to the new sport of speed snorkeling by towing him behind the dinghy in order to scan the bottom for conch. It turned out this also involved swallowing copious amounts of saltwater and Brian hadn’t actually done it himself yet. After bath night we hiked back up to the bluff in search of a rare Bahamian geocache and enjoyed a bottle of wine, provided by Glenn, while we watched the sun set. Fishing was a bust so Brian cooked curried chicken, even when we lose we win here!

At the beach we transformed from snorkelers to hikers, then made our way toward Rachel’s Bubble Bath.
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We found new sea friends in the tide pools.
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Here are the Road Trippers, still figuring it out!
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We found new friends in the sand too, and many treasures.

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After a break for lunch…

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…the guys were back in the water on the lookout for dinner. A too small conch and a rock topped with hermit crabs were the only prospects. Brian did find a magnificent starfish.

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We dinghied back to Cambridge Cay. It was a wild dinghy ride against the wind and currents, simulating white water rafting. This vacation offers everything! We needed some refreshing before heading ashore for the sunset.

That evening we shared in a beautiful sunset with an extra special, delicious, hand crafted, exported wine. (Thanks, Glenn!)

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The Barnyard

To obtain protection from a northeast wind forecasted to blow 22-28 knots, we anchored at Big Majors Spot near Staniel Cay. This is a very large anchorage and popular spot for many snowbirds; we found about 50 boats at Big Majors Spot but still had plenty of room to anchor under sail. (We do like to entertain.) We arrived just in time to attend a benefit lunch for the Staniel Cay Library and made our way into town to taste conch fritters, conch chowder, johnny cake, and COLD beers. It was a tasty treat and we were happy to support the library. We savored our beers while chatting with newfound friend, Tom aboard sv/Juno. (We had a lovely dinner with Tom the following evening and look forward to more stories and cruising tips.)

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Big Majors Spot has a fabulous tourist attraction which I have deemed The Barnyard. On the beach bordering the anchorage there are pigs. Yes, pigs, just lounging around on the beach. Apparently Bahamians leave the pigs at the beach and then cruisers feed them all of our scrap produce. This is not only a tourist attraction but an intuitive method of farming. You can imagine me squealing with delight as we hopped into our dinghy to go visit the pigs.

As we approached there were no pigs in sight, and then as we neared the shoreline two massive pigs came barreling down the hill toward the water. We’d been cautioned that the pigs not only swim but will try to board dinghies, so we slowed down and thew out the anchor anticipating what may happen next. Here they come! These pigs are tourist trained!

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Getting a bit close for comfort.

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We let the pigs settle down. They were grunting and squealing in disgust that we hadn’t yet fed them. They lost interest and headed back toward the beach. We brought the dinghy closer and anchored in ankle deep water so that we could walk ashore.

Why yes, that is a potato in my pocket.

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WOAH, pig!

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Still hungry.

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Happy to be in The Barnyard!

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New arrivals means more food. Catch ya later, piggies!

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Now we know for certain that pigs can swim.