Friday, December 24, 2010

Waderick Wells in the Exumas Land and Sea Park

Mr Mac in the long, thin mooring field (dark blue water) at Waderick Wells
The Exumas Land and Sea Park was established in 1958, and has been a no-take zone since the 1980s.  The ranger’s station and main mooring field is at Waderick Wells, a cool island with plenty of areas for snorkeling, hiking, and seeing hutias, indigenous rabbit-sized rodents that Anne thinks are adorable, but which her mother would hate because of their long hairless tails (Mom’s not a rodent fan).  There’s always work to be done, so we volunteered for a day again this year.  Along with another couple, we managed to pull a boat way up on the beach, take off the hardware so it could be painted, and remove the leaking gas tank by sawing off the deck.  This was actually the boat that Chris and I spent a day fixing and sprucing up last year, so it was kind of sad to see it disassembled, though we heard later on that they received a replacement tank and had it installed within a week – terrifically quick for this part of the world, where you have to wait for the mail boat to deliver stuff.  Boo Boo Hill has a cairn of driftwood on which cruisers have written or etched their names.  Chris scratched one out for Mr Mac to add to the pile.
Chris adding a "Mr Mac" plaque to the cairn on Boo Boo Hill


  1. Beautiful water and beautiful pics, as always, you guys. We've been to the Berrys on cruiseships a few times, and always thought it would be super cool to go there on our own boat. Florida is literally freezing this week (16 degrees in Brooksville, 30 degrees here in St. Pete) so be happy to be where you are. When you come back here there won't be any palm trees left, so enjoy them down there!

  2. Happy New Year Anne & Chris! I have been smiling and laughing while reading your blog. Now that the holidays are over I am trying to catch up. It is cold here and a blizzared dumped over a foot of snow on us last week and more to come this weekend. Those waters sure look blue!!! We miss you and we are in full negotiations. Paul goes to the Super Bowl with my blessings if we all go to Bahamas! Sounds like a good deal to me. I will let you know who wins!
    We love you...Karen & Co.