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.)
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!
Getting a bit close for comfort.
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.
Happy to be in The Barnyard!
New arrivals means more food. Catch ya later, piggies!
Now we know for certain that pigs can swim.