DAVE'S BIRTHDAY AT WARDERICK CAY!!! HAPPY 65TH!!!!

Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
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Trip End May 26, 2009


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Friday, April 10, 2009

N24 23.674   W76 37.945

APRIL 10TH - Today is Dave's birthday and he was given the Exumas as a present!!!  Not too shabby!

We left Shroud Cay around 8:00 AM to make way to Warderick Cay which is the Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park headquarters.  On our way down we passed Wax Cay, Little Wax Cay, Little Pigeon Cay (privately owned), Hawksbill Cay, Little Hawksbill Cay,  Little Cistern Cay, Cistern Cay (formerly owned by Robert Vesco overseeing his drug operations at Norman) and Little Bitty Cistern Cay.  You gotta love the names.

Winds were 15-20 kts out of the south which was, of course, our direction.  Therefore we pounded into 3-5' waves on the Banks.  Far cry from the Norman to Shroud run.  Water was once again pouring over our bow and we were thoroughly "a-salted".  I had not put the cover back on the anchor windless so now we had water in our v-berth from a leak around the windless.  Finally half way through the trip we changed our heading and had the waves hitting us on the beam and it wasn't so wet.  Arrived in Warderick Cay anchorage at 12:30PM.

The north anchorage is by reservation which we picked up yesterday and it's mooring balls only.  If you want to anchor, or can't get a mooring, you can anchor in the south anchorage which isn't as protected.  We heard "Jade" on the radio telling the Park Ranger they were leaving because it was too rolly.  The couple from "Jade" dinghied by Spindrift during the afternoon of our "second top" in Norman Cay.  They bought their Beneteau in Daytona Beach the year of the hurricanes and they live in Sarasota.  We radioed them about the anchorage but they were off Emerald Rock which is more exposed to the Banks and said we'd have no problems in the North Anchorage.
 

So, we tooled on in - we were assigned mooring ball #13.  The number didn't please me - I'm becoming superstitious but figured - whatever!!!  Of course I didn't get the mooring the first time - it took three times --- and of course my lines were on the wrong side of the stancion, even though I thought I had planned it correctly.  I was able to secure the mooring loop around the cleat while I untwisted the lines and got them on the right sides of the stancions so that I could form a bridle for the mooring pennant. 

All in all, it wasn't too bad.  This anchorage is beautiful.  There is a large tidal flat that is exposed at low tide in the middle of the anchorage and all the boats are moored around the sandbar.    At the bototm of mooring #9 is a burnt out hull of a fiberglass sailboat.  A gentlemen once left his generator on while he went to dinner on a another boat and the result is sitting on the bottom of the channel.  Glad we didn't get #9!!!  Other residents here are a 5' nurse shark and "Bubba" a 4' barracuda that loves to hang out under boats and feed on leftovers thrown overboard.    There are also a pair of lemon sharks. 4' Boo Boo and his 5 1/2' brother. 

Our mooring is just off the beach.  Great location!  We get to see all the dinghies go by on their way to their boats further out.   
What's an anchorage without a few yachts.  The yachts are moored way out at the opening - that's probably because their dinghies are 20' open fishermen!  
After lunch we dinghied to the Park Ranger's building to check in. Moorings are $15/night for our size boat and we can stay as long as we like.  Saturday night is happy hour and Sunday they are having an Easter dinner on the beach with smoked turkey and ham - boats sign up and list what they want to bring.  That's probably the hardest part - figuring out what you have to make to bring to a pot luck.  I saw lots of rice and beans and baked beans on the list!
Once we got checked in, purchased a bag of ice (we're now civilized.  Haven't had ice in a while), we dropped the ice back on the boat and headed off to explore the island. We hiked up to Boo Boo Hill which is 70' high.
Legend has it that Warderick Wells is haunted.  On moonlit nights the sound of a congregation singing hymns can be heard off the coast.  On those special nights, when the moon is right, you can hear sounds of faint moans on the wind.  Tonight is a full moon!!!


The hike is through the mangrove area then up the high sand dune.  
At the top boaters have left their marks with painted and carved driftwood with their names on it.  
The view is spectular overlooking the limestone cliffs and down on the anchorage or the Banks.       

In calm weather this is a great place to dinghy around with the pockmarked holes and small caves, however the Banks is kicking up so don't know if we'll be able to get out there on the dinghy.
 

There is a really cute little bird - Banana Quit - who likes sugar. I saw them in a bush up by the Park Ranger Station and then as we were sitting on the boat, one came to visit.  Dave put out sugar and he came back and made a glutton of himself - lots of sugar on his beak!
      


I've pulled out a steak for Dave.  It'll be our first meal from the freezer! and his first steak.  To accompany the steak, I'll be serving boiled potatoes with sour cream and carrots (my last fresh vegetable). 

Life is good!
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Dave's Birthday
Just read your most recent update. It sounds like all is going great. Please give Dave a belated hug for his 65th birthday. I knew when it was from the Yardarm, but didn't get a chance to do the computer yesterday. Hope you'll get your Yardarm because the article was in the March edition and it was very good. Several people have commented on it and how much they enjoyed it. Harriet Dinker told me twice what a nice article I wrote. I finally set her straight and told her I'd let you know. John is painting the outside of the house, I've been working on the inside. Company is gone until the end of May. I might go to Colorado next weekend to visit my good friend. Two of her children are finally expecting babies soon and there is a surprise Grandma shower for her as she has already volunteered to watch the babies one day a week, hopefully not both on the same day! Canasta is going well, except had five cancelations this past week. So we only had six tables, it was a nice change. We may have ten next week. Well, continue to enjoy your adventure and hope you have a Happy Easter - I'm sure you brought along a ham or leg of lamb! We look forward to your next update. Take care, watch out for pirates!!!!!
Love to you both, Barbara and John

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