Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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After scooting around the harbor in the dinghy for a bit, we went over to Big Majors Spot, the island just to the north. We had read and heard about Pig Beach where there are pigs that will literally swim out to your boat. This was obviously something we needed to see to believe. We rounded the edge of the island and spotted the beach we thought to be "the one." We couldn't see any pigs, but we motored up to get a closer look
We got the dinghy to shallow water and killed the engine. As we were climbing out to pull the dinghy ashore, we heard three pigs come galloping towards us - no kidding. Two spotted pigs and a white one came right up to us, a little aggressively actually. They are clearly used to being fed by cruisers, so they were not at all shy about seeing what we had to offer. Unfortunately for them, we were empty handed. I grabbed the camera so I could get some pictures of these ridiculous creatures, and I spotted some grapes on the sea floor. I picked them up and gave them to Caleb to hand feed one of the pigs - and the pig was so excited, he actually managed to BITE his finger. And it bled! It was hysterical. We were just thinking how we wanted to see them swim when another dinghy approached, and they had come armed with food - as they tossed the food from their boat, all three pigs started swimming closer to get the grub. I'm really glad we took the little trip over there because it clearly made my day - it was ridiculous!
Caleb and I got back to the boat, and we got everything ready to go. We had met a young couple on Virtue & Vice on New Year's Eve - Mickey and Shane. Mickey tells me Shane will be turning 40 Memorial Day Weekend so they've got a few years on us...but when the majority of the cruisers are retirees, it's refreshing to hang out with a younger crowd
Just as we were coming into the anchorage, we spotted Virtue & Vice. We made our way over to anchor by them, and as we approached, Mickey and Shane were coming back to their boat in their dinghy. We waved and said hello, and by the time we had the anchor set, they cruised over with cocktails in hand yelling "Sundowner on the beach! Come on!" So we grabbed some cocktails ourselves, hopped in the dinghy, and went to the beach. It was pretty shallow so we had a sizable wade to the beach (with a sting ray nearby!), but we enjoyed our drinks and fun conversation, and Caleb even made us a bonfire. It was great. After a while, we all agreed dinner was in order so we went back to our respective boats, we thought for the night. But as I was whipping up some macaroni and cheese (with SPAM, jalapenos and sriracha - it was delicious!), we heard Mickey and Shane in their dinghy again. When they'd realized how early it was, they figured we should hang out after dinner too. We finished our meal, grabbed Caleb's guitar, and went and chilled on their boat into the night. It was a wicked fun time. In the morning, we'll meet them in town for a breakfast if chicken souse, a traditional Bahamian soup dish. Should be good!