Monday, January 31, 2011

January In The Exumas

Georgetown, Bahamas

After the Wilson’s leave we have nearly two weeks until our next guest so we return northwards taking in some more of the sights of Exuma Park and the northern Exumas.  We spend the time with some combination of Chandelle, Merlin, Bella and Bleu Marie so there is no shortage of social time, making the new years resolutions of less drinking hard to stick to!

We manage to bag a good few lobster when not in the park, filling the freezer to eat them while in the park, and it is good to alternate between hunting and photography modes underwater.  We continue to get a few cold fronts with grey weather and strong winds so quite a bit of time is spent at Cambridge Cay, a lovely anchorage, well protected and with great walking along the island cliffs.

Sandy Cay_032Mid month Tim’s cousin Kate arrived for a holiday, our last holiday together we were probably about 6 years old so who knew what to expect! 

We had a great time, catching up and reminiscing plus visiting Staniel Cay, Leaf Cay and Georgetown.


Georgetown_003 Kate qualified as a diver last year and I got to take her for her first ocean dive during the trip. 

She took everything in her stride, normally you get off the back of a nice big comfortable dive boat for your dive but not on Matsu - it’s the contortionist exercise of getting kitted up in a 10’ RIB before a back  roll into the sea and waiting while your dive buddy goes through the same exercise!

We waved Kate farewell at Emerald Bay marina, our first visit there and the first time since clearing customs that we had been anywhere near a dock, Charlie was very excited at getting a night to play ashore, while we were over the moon with a free laundry and WIFI!

We are now anchored in Georgetown along with 200 other boats and will work out our plans from here.

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