Monday, February 21, 2011

Little Farmers Cay

We spent several days at Black Point Settlement. We loved the friendly, small town feel. Everyone there was so nice and very welcoming to the cruisers visiting on boats. Lorraine’s was a great place to meet with other cruisers, get some internet and, of course some wonderful cracked conch. One day Troy and I, Shane, Steve, Rene and Stacy decided to see if we could spear enough lobster for dinner. We loaded our dinghies with spears and snorkel equipment and headed out. After finding a likely spot, we took to the water. We were a little disappointed that we didn’t see many fish, and only a few lobsters. Steve, Shane, Rene and myself did manage to get one lobster each but Steve’s lobster was a gigantic one! Stacy cooked the lobster for us for dinner that night and we were all very pleased with ourselves for capturing a delicious dinner.

One day I paddled my kayak up to a pristine beach. The water was crystal clear and the sand was beautiful and white. The wind rippled the water with the same pattern as the sand below the shallow waves. My footprints were the only ones on the beach. What a wonderful time for relaxing and reflecting. I wandered along picking up a few sand dollars and other shells and thanking God for the opportunity for Troy and I to be able to share this adventure together.

We finally decided that it was time to move on so we weighed anchor and headed south to Little Farmers Cay. There is a very small community here and everyone who lives here (about 60 people) is related to each other. All descended from one woman, Chrisanna, a freed slaved who brought her two sons and one daughter here and settled the island. Everyone is very friendly and I even got a hand written recipe for Bahamian Peas n Rice from Tasha, the owner of the small store. She even gave me a papaya from the tree in her back yard, some bacon to flavor my rice and a couple of goat peppers (same as habanero peppers).

Inside the Oven Rock Cave

We had heard about a cave at Oven Rock, about a mile from where we were anchored. We met a couple, Jim and Nancy on s/v Solitaire who spend every winter here in the Exumas and a lot of time on Little Farmers Cay. They knew the location of the cave and offered to act as our tour guides. We had six dinghies flying over the waves and ready to explore. It was about a 10 minute hike up to the cave and we weren’t sure exactly what to expect. We were in for quite a surprise. We descended into the cave and found cool, clear water. The cave was full of stalactites and stalagmites and we had a great time swimming in the chilly water. It was a really neat experience and I don’t have the words to adequately describe the feeling of swimming in that cold, clear, underground cave. What an adventure!
It was great to swim in the cave

We are still having the time of our lives and loving every new adventure. We have been baking a lot of our own bread, something I never did at home, but we are having fun trying our different ingredients. We made cinnamon, raisin bread, jalapeno cheese bread and white bread. I am cooking a lot as there are not many other options, but I can honestly say that I am even enjoying that. It’s fun to cook when you have time and the stress level is non-existent.

We will need to make some decisions in the next couple of days. Mainly, North or South? Which way next? The next destination to the south is George Town, which is a major cruising destination where we will probably stay for a couple of weeks. We are not in any hurry to get there though and Rene and Stacy (s/v Pipe muh Bligh) and Steve (s/v Anchor Management) are planning on heading back North to Staniel Cay for a week or so. Decisions, decisions. Watch the SPOT to see where we go next!

Some kind of sea cucumber

Hiking to the Cave

Cleaning Conch

Papaya Tree behind Tasha's Store


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