Running from Hurricane Dean
Trip Start Jun 16, 2007
10Trip End Sep 26, 2007
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We managed to get just beyond the Bahama Bank as the seas got really nasty so we stopped surveying and ran into Aukland Island, one of the southern most Bahamian Islands about 18 hours away from our survey line
Acklins Island, a long flat sandy island that is mostly uninhabited on the south western side. We took refuge from the high winds and seas there for about two and a half days. After catching up on all our work things got a little boring, so we decided to take the little rescue boat over to the beach and get ourselves some sunburns. Mission Successful.
I lathered myself up pretty good but the Bahamian sun is ruthless and being in the water only magnifies its intensity. It was worth it, however - the day on the beach and the snorkeling in the crystal clear water was a great relief and soothing for the soul. We built a fire on the beach out of driftwood, dug out some lobsters from under the rocks and cooked them. I saw a lot of cool fish and got face to face with a stingray, I was going to reach out and touch it but it curled its tail around like a scorpion so I backed off and stopped bothering it. If I was scuba diving I would have spent some more time with it but I was only snorkeling and my bottom time was limited by how long I could hold my breath so I didn't push it.
A cool experience nonetheless.