|This sea plane landed and took off in the mooring field. I looked|
up at some noise and saw the plane go by our window!
|This bird has evidently been fed a lot as he hung|
around us expecting a hand out
|Park headquarters dock. Doesn't the dinghy look like it's|
floating in space?
The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Parks was created in 1959. It consists of 179 square mile area from Wax Cay Cut to Conch Cut and includes 15 large islands and many small ones. Some of these were privately owned before and are being developed but are hopefully environmentally sound.
|The beach near the park headquarters with picnic tables|
and free kyacks for day use
The hiking is great with many trails available. Boo Boo Hill is such fun with it's cruiser memorial signs piled up at the top. A side trail to the blow holes is interesting and beautiful too. Continuing on past the memorial cairn the trail goes down the east side for awhile before turning over Hutia Hill to the Causeway Trail, over the bridge and back to the start.
The next day we hiked the length of the island down to the southern Hog Cay mooring field. This is a hot and tiring walk (but so beautiful and worth it) taking over 2 hours not stopping, so we recommend having someone pick you up at the other end in a dinghy. Years ago we walked both ways with our son and it was a full day (bring lots of water and food). This time Marie and Ron drove 2 dinghies down for us with water and snacks. We swam and lay on the beach for awhile and then snorkeled around Emerald Rock on the way back. There are lots of snorkeling sites identified on the park maps.
|The walk down to the Blow Holes diverts from the Boo Boo|
Hill trail. Eerie noises and sometimes spouts of water come up
The next day we were off for our next adventure - James Bond's Thunderball Cavern and Staniel Cay!
|The view over the northeast mooring field from the blow holes|
|That's Heather at the bottom of a deep hole|
and the steep ladder she used to get there
|Top of Boo Boo Hill with boat signs left by countless cruisers|
|View over the lagoon and Emerald rock in the distance|
|Peter and Kristian approaching the bridge|
|Julie on the trail to the south|
end of Warderick Wells
|We passed a lot of beautiful beaches as we hiked down the|
|The trail is shown here in the bottom right hand corner. It's|
on hard coral so be sure to wear good shoes!
|Peter, Julie and Kristian at the Pot Luck|
|Elegant dining on the beach|