|Scott Free under full sail on the Banks|
|Ron, Scott and Peter prepare to deal with a pile of conch|
We soon passed Fair Winds and No Name, but everyone decided to anchor near each other for the night. It is strange to be throw down your anchor in the middle of no where but soon we had a little village around us.
|Ron, Scott, Peter, Heather and Julie|
|Scott and duck confrontation. The duck|
got in a nip!
I was glad to radio back to the others that there were plenty of empty good looking moorings available. We had heard from our guide book and other that there were only 3 but now there are over 10.
|The Berry Island Club, Fraser's Hog Cay|
|Catching a ride on the one road at Fraser's Cay!|
The next day we all took a walk. Not far down the road a charming couple picked us up in their truck and took us down to the island store. They were going away for a few weeks and the store owner keeps their frozen food for them! From there we walked down to the south end of the island and explored the deserted beach bar. Our men managed to cut down some coconuts but not to open them. That was accomplished later.
After lunch we dinghied over to Bird Cay. I SO wish I had brought my camera. This was one of the most haunting places I've visited. Many years ago our guide book says this was "one of the most extensively developed in the Bahamas, has great stands of casuarina, citrus and cocnut groves with several luxurious homes, roadways, gardens, village green and public buildings". It is all deserted now and going back to nature. The largest mansion looks like the family just walked away one day. There are sheets and blankets on the beds. Books, sheet music, pots, pans, piano, pool table, stereo equipment etc. all just lie around. There's a can of turtle soup sitting on the table in the kitchen. Amazing and eerie. This would make a great photo shoot.
|Julie, Peter, Scot, Ron and Marie, caught by surprise|
eating cracked conch at Flo's
|Huge piles of conch shells line the shores around Flo's.|
We had cracked conch for lunch, very delicious and much
easier than hunting, cleaning, pounding and cooking them
|Several hundred dollar bills were nailed up to the walls of|
Flo's Bar along with mementos of all kinds from cruisers.
|Chester and Lovely at Flo's Conch Bar on Little Harbor Cay|
|Just one beautiful beach after another and no one on them but us!|
|Peter in fighting mode|
|Ron with a good closeup of the lion fish|
he speared. They are an invasive species
and poisonous. The spines can be cut
off and it is then good eating. No one felt
like testing that out!
|Scott shows off that lion fish too|