Winter Getaway Aboard Rode Trip – Week #2

It’s hard to believe that two weeks have already ended and our friends, Brian and Jennifer, are making their way back to Honesdale, PA. Brian and Jennifer adapted to Rode Trip with ease! They could practically sail and maintain this ship by themselves, not to mention that they totally kicked back and enjoyed the cruising lifestyle. I think it is safe to say that they had a spectacular vacation; and we were sad to see them go.

During our first week with Brian and Jennifer, we had explored Staniel Cay and nearby Big and Little Major. We had celebrated a festive Christmas on Great Guana Cay with the fabulous residents at Black Point. During week two, we island hopped southward along the Exumas.

At Great Guana Cay we followed the trail which led us to a cave just north of Oven Rock.

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Snorkeling opportunities were plentiful…even frolicking with mermaids!

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Fishing comprised a large part of each day. Fish tacos were on the menu the evening the guys harvested roughly 20 lion fish.

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Deep sea fishing was less successful. We didn’t land any mahi-mahi’s, although we did manage to select the best lure for barracudas…and each catch was larger! Finally we opted to take the line out of the water, we’d had enough barracudas.

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The guys tried their best…but sometimes even without fish a night of burgers and BIG beers really hits the spot! MMmmmmm!

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Glamorous sunsets were the perfect ending to each fun-filled day.

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Kayak excursions provided a nice change of pace. Brian and Jennifer took a turn and explored the salt pond at Normand’s Pond Cay.

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Fishing was a hit at Normand’s Pond Cay and the small blue hole provided a great backdrop for photo shoots. Brian landed this new find for us, a stone crab, which was delicious.

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On the trails a Stocking Island, we hiked to the top of Monument Beach for beautiful views.

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Termite mound.

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“It’s a starfish!”

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We chilled at Chat’n’Chill where we enjoyed rum punches, goombay smashes, and Kalik.

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It was a spectacular vacation and we are looking forward to Brian and Jennifer’s next visit…wherever Rode Trip may be!

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Kayaking Bermuda – Day 2

Our next kayaking excursion took us through the Intracoastal Waterway between St. George’s Island and St. David’s Island.

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Beyond the swing bridge,

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we found beautiful homes and quiet mooring fields.

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Not to mention a great view of incoming air traffic as we paddled along the Bermuda International Airport.

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Blue Hole Park was our destination. We beached the kayaks once we’d arrived at the park, located just beyond The Causeway at the edge of Castle Harbour. Here we saw the blue hole and it’s inlet stream. After having visited Dean’s Blue Hole and the Blue Lagoon, this was like a puddle in comparison, but quiet and relaxed.

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Along the park pathways, we stumbled upon a grotto. There weren’t any pink shrimp swimming here though. In fact, it was dark and buggy and smelled like decay.

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Goodbye, park. It was nice getting our feet on the ground for a bit.

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Brian took a snorkeling dip in Castle Harbour and we spotted 15 sea turtles on our paddle back.

Kayaking Bermuda – Day 1

Time to get the ‘ol kayaks back into the water! We haven’t paddled since the Bahamas and the clear waters of Bermuda were quite inviting.

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Through St. George’s Channel we have a nice view of the Town Cut entrance channel, as we paddled around Paget Island and into the open ocean.

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Too choppy to kayak in the ocean…we turned back after a nice view of St. David’s Head.

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On Paget Island we found a secluded patch of mangroves. The island is actually used for an Outward Bound program and boaters are not permitted to land.

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We circumnavigated Smith’s Island and Hen Island on our way back to the boat. Hen Island is used for scout programs; they presently have camp set up and from Rode Trip we’ve been watching boys diving, swimming, canoeing, and sailing.