Thursday, 19 March 2015

Heading back to George Town

Our last day at Rat Cay two days ago marked the end of our real vacation – now we’re making our way back to George Town to clean and close up the boat for the season.

And what a lovely way to end – the weather is still calm and beautiful, so we dinghied around the Bay all the way to the nearest village – Barreterre – which is the last one on Great Exuma Island. Enroute, we saw multitudes of gorgeous bright orange starfish lounging on the bottom of the shallow turquoise water (some, 12 inches in diameter!).

We made our way to a little white beach, surrounded with coral heads, and after firmly tying our dinghy up J - we walked, read, beach-combed and found a beautiful, intact sand dollar and some hermit crabs.

Yesterday, we motored 2 hours to the famous Sandal’s Resort Marina at Emerald Bay for a touch of civilization before we start working on the boat (they had a 50 cent-a-foot special on their unserviced dock - about $20.00 a night). It’s amazing what a pleasure hot showers and free laundry facilities can be! We did our e-mail in their beautiful sailors’ lounge, munching on quacamole and corn chips, and then dashed into our boat for the evening to escape the no-see-ums that hadn’t bothered us since before it became windy here (3 weeks ago).

So this will likely be my last blog for this trip, as the rest of the time we’ll be working to pack up.  It has been a restful if not as adventurous a trip as we had anticipated. Hopefully there will be future years to continue exploring the places we missed this time. For now, we return to Toronto rested and renewed, and very anxious to see all of our friends and family. See you soon!

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