“Do you feel relaxed yet?” Brian’s mom’s question, posed to us once cell service was finally restored following the last big storm, is not so easy to answer. Sitting at anchor in Bell Island, located within the beautiful Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, we were feeling pretty good at that particular moment. Having spent the past few days exploring all the beautiful beaches and snorkeling spots that the park had to offer, we’ve been enjoying a reprieve from boat work and weather stress. It’s fun pretending that there isn’t another broken boat part or cold front just around the corner.
Each place we go just gets better and better. The park was full of great exploring: pristine, desolate beaches, pretty plant varietals, carefully preserved reefs, an abundance of beautiful and interesting fish. We reunited with our friends on s/v Basta for a day of snorkeling, and also made new friends, who invited us over for happy hour aboard their Catalina, s/v Bolario.
Refreshed by this reprieve, we’re ready to take on this week’s batch of challenges. Underway yesterday en route to Staniel Cay, we discovered that our auto pilot is on the fritz and our “ticking time bomb winch” (with the temporary fix we did in Nassau) seized up again as I was trimming in the sail. Luckily, Staniel Cay is the first real town we’ve seen in weeks, and we’d already planned to be there awhile, waiting for another big cold front to pass through this weekend. With abundant internet and a reliable service to fly in parts, we’re feeling pretty lucky to be here. It’s all about the ebb and the flow. (1/16/16 – 1/20/16)