|Modern carving (1980) done by Leonard's brother|
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
One of the side trips that we made while we had the car was a tour of Hamilton's Cave. The cave is the largest in the Bahamas and is owned by the Cartwright family. Our tour was led by Leonard Cartwright, he told us that his family has owned the land that the cave is on since 1847. They bought 90 acres from the crown for 27 pounds! The cave is home to 5 species of bats and lots of termites and other creepy crawlies! We spent about an hour with Leonard on our tour. The cave has been used as hurricane shelter since the Lucayan Indian days around 500 A.D. through the present day. In fact, Leonard told us that his family had weathered several hurricanes in the cave. There is no electricity in the cave, no lights other than the flashlights that Leonard handed out before the tour, no handrails or paths to follow other than the one that Lenoard led us down by memory. One other thing that I noticed: there was no gift shop and no T-shirts to buy at the cave entrance! It was just the 8 of us and we really enjoyed Leonard's tour.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
For the last couple of days we have shared a rental van with 3 other couples (Rene and Stacy, Terri and Ken, Stacy's parents, and L.A. and Susan) and we were able to watch the free diving competition today at Dean's Blue Hole. As I mentioned the other day, Dean's Blue Hole is the deepest blue hole in the world. It is 202 meters or 663 feet deep. We watched Natalia Molchanova of Russia set a world record with a free dive to 100 meters (over 300 feet). We could only see her descend to about 40 meters before she dropped out of site. Her dive took 3:42 minutes. It was incredible to be able to witness a world record. We also watched while William Trubridge attempted to break a men's record for New Zealand. He did not break the record today but he broke a world record last week by free diving unassisted (without the assistance of fins, using only breaststroke to descend) to 121 meters in 4:12 minutes, absolutely incredible! I was so inspired that I am considering attempting to break my personal best which is approximately 4 meters at 20 seconds!
|Dean's Blue Hole - Beautiful|
|Natalia with the judge showing a white card signaling a successful dive (WORLD RECORD!)|
|Natalia and William - both world record holders|
|I found a merman! Check out the fins on that one!|
|Divers making preparations|
Friday, April 8, 2011
|Dean's Blue Hole|
|Ruins of Dunmore Plantation|
We had a great day exploring the island.