Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Back in the Water for the First Time in Too Long

Outside the jetties leading to the Grand Lucayan Waterway are several reefs. Chris snorkeled on one our first day and came back with a lionfish (lunch) and a lobster (dinner). We both went out and snorkeled another reef and had a great time. To add a little more creepy to the area (see previous blog), as we headed back to the dinghy, we encountered a distinct change in the water, from clear to a rather distorted condition. Not murky, mind you, just...distorted. Merely tidal outflow from the waterway, we figured, and headed in. It was freezing! I screeched into my snorkel and kicked as I hard as I could, nearly levitating into the dinghy. We were so ready for hot coffee and tea after that swim!
A pair of foureye butterflyfish

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Grand Lucayan Waterway

Mr Mac anchored in what should be a basin surrounded by homes. Note the sunken barge beyond us.

If you want a great anchorage with a creepy vibe (okay, I’m weird that way) in Great Bahama, try the Grand Lucayan Waterway. We’ve anchored there twice now when bad weather was forecast for the area. It’s convenient—just a few miles from Port Lucaya, where we checked in to the Bahamas. It’s secure—360˚ protection, adequate water depth, and good holding white mud/sand. It’s quiet—this is where the creepy comes in. The Grand Lucayan Waterway was originally built in the 60’s as a tremendous development, with canals running from the south side of the island to the north (it’s relatively narrow here, about five miles). Then something happened (we had heard that, for a while, the Bahamas forbade non-residents to own property, but I haven’t been able to track down the exact story), and it was pretty much abandoned. We dinghyed the entire length of the waterway and saw maybe a dozen houses amidst hundreds of empty lots overgrown with scrub and Australian pines. Then there’s the abandoned hotel… Vultures soared around it and perched on the balconies, and empty doorways led into the dark, unseeable rooms. Yeah, creepy. Great setting for a book!

Boat thrown ashore

Miles and miles of empty home lots, overgrown with scrub
Hey, a house!
Yes, those are vultures circling this abandoned hotel
Some of the seawalls aren't faring so well anymore

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Back in the Bahamas!

Heading out of Lake Worth, Florida, at dawn
Wow! I can't tell you how good it feels to be really cruising again (despite being on the boat, spending the holidays in West Palm Beach don't count as cruising to us), and especially to be somewhere where you can actually see into the water! We left Fort Worth on January 1, one of many boats heading out to take advantage of the good weather to cross the Gulf Stream. Arriving in Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama, the next morning, we checked in, then headed to a secure anchorage to tuck in for yet the next front. It's good to be back!

A stingray in beautifully clear Bahama waters

A Bahamian sunset

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Fan of the Mexican Day of the Dead?

Here’s some terrific artwork at a Mexican restaurant in West Palm Beach, with classic Day of the Dead figures.