SWELL…Spanish Wells

We arrived at Spanish Wells on Christmas Day and what a home town island.  Everyone, visitors and residents, moms, dads, and kids,  is involved in celebrating. Costume contests, activities for fun and competition…running races, bike races, crab crawl (Jon is #2), egg on spoon races, potato sack and 3 legged races, Lots of fun for…

Christmas in the Bahamas

Windy weather kept us in Bimini for several days where I found Emily (child #6), phone service…haha a gas station…teeny tiny, for their teeny tiny cars, and beauty! Jon found a mentor in Coconut Brian who willingly passed on his expertise in machete wielding skills while Jon shared his nut removing tool with him.   Jon…

“…beyond all that we ask or think..”

So I will start this blog with what unexpectedly took place 2 days before our weather window for departure from N. Miami to the Bahamas.  Rick found a tiny water leak in a cooling hose for the generator.  My newest desire has been to be in the engine room with Rick to learn this unfamiliar…

South of the Coconut Line

“Johnny Coconuts” is one of our nick names for Jonathan because he is the one who loves finding, opening, and supplying our family with coconuts.  In order to do so, we must travel south to the coconut line.  (see blue area below) When we start to see coconuts in the water and coconut trees along…

Off we go, into the wild blue yonder…again!

Sixteen months ago we returned from the Bahamas and snuggled back into our slip at the Palm Coast Marina! (We are at the tip of the yellow arrow.)   What a great 2.5 years we have had here on the east coast of Florida.  Richard and Katherine both graduated from high school last December and…

Home again!

After our wonderful visit to Spanish Wells, we began our trip homeward.  God blessed us with a 5 day weather window and we enjoyed 3 days of sweet travel.  Before leaving, we anchored at Egg Island enjoying a beautiful day in the water.   The boys did their “workouts” climbing up the anchor line to…

The Wells to Spanish Wells

With Captain Clayton aboard, we traveled east from Eleuthera to the island of Spanish Wells through “the devil’s backbone,” a very precarious trip through coral heads.  After making it through, we rounded the island and anchored at Gun Point. The next day, Captain James from Spanish Wells came aboard and after we moved the boat…

Sweet Visit to Eleuthera Bahamas

With a slight break in the wind, we said goodbye to Little Harbor and were back in the open ocean…Captain on… Captain off, Richard on and headed down to Eleuthera, the middle island in the Bahamas. I must say that this was my most challenging day of travel and I was “horizontal” for the 10…

South to Little Harbor

There is only one direction to go in the Bahamas when you start in the Abacos…south!  We left Hope Town, the morning after a sweet date night with the Captain, for a quick trip down to Little Harbor, a quiet hurricane hole to wait out the windy weather…again.  We have enjoyed the Abaco islands to…

South to Hope Town We Go!

Glassy waters on Friday morning gave us the thumbs up to head south to Hope Town on Elbow Cay, perfect name for the shape of the island. Richard and I biked the island…a good 5+ miles. And the nice thing about the Abaco islands is that in many places you can see the ocean on…