|Treasure Cay - pic courtesy of Tina White flying over Hugo and Askari tucked up|
|Our grey view - not so bad and very private|
|I did have time for baking - even made pastry- Carmelised Onion Tart|
Our recently repaired alternator had failed again so we took the opportunity to get a new one shipped in – Mastervolt USA were great and sent us a replacement unit free of charge the same day – getting it cleared through customs in Nassau and then sent to the Abaco’s was a different matter. Miss Marshall from UPS is now on our speed dial but eventually got it to us two weeks later…..
|We did get visits from turtles and dolphins in the marina|
We hired bikes for a day, they turned out to be the worst bikes in the world but they only cost $7 and we managed to cover the 30 km round trip to the blue hole. It was a totally circular sinkhole, buried deep in the forest. Apparently its 70metres deep and has three layers – fresh clear water on the top, a layer of old decomposing leaves, then deep dark salt water beneath. It was really cool as we had the place to ourselves and the swimming was great.
|Treasure Cay Blue Hole|
Our good friends on Hugo had sailed out to the Bahamas from Florida for New Year and a wedding, a real treat was getting to spend their last night with them before they went back to their new land lives in Nashville. Russ’s mum Jen is 83 and was visiting from Australia – she sailed with them, a real life super gran.
|Hugo arriving at Treasure Cay|
|Packing the lovely White family off to the airport - miss you guys!|
We hired a car and drove the full length of Great Abaco island over a few days. Going to Little Harbour for lunch at Pete’s pub and a hike out to the lighthouse was a great day. We had a big food shopping day in Marsh Harbour in the torrential rain, where we ran into the crews of Venture Lady and Country Dancer hiding out in a bar. We drove to the north end and found ummmm like nothing, oh except a huge new port that the Chinese and Bahamian Government have invested $39m to build but apparently the depth is only 6ft- hmmmm?!
|Little Harbour - very protected once in|
|Yes that's why we are in the marina|
|Pete's Pub - we resisted buying one of the amazing bronze sculptures - the family history is really interesting though|
|Derelict lighthouse at Little Harbour|
|New Port - North Abaco|
|The Lovely Treasure Sands Club|
|Very Bahamas - Treasure Sands|
|Finally a cocktail in a real glass - Treasure Sands Club|
|Lovely garden in Marsh Harbour on one of our many visits to try and get the alternator|
|So like our old cat Scooby - Bacardi nearly came with us|
Then on our last day of exploring we went looking for rare Abaco parrots – it was only when we got to the National Park we discovered that it was 4wd only so we went for a hike and only managed to find a few blue feathers, but we did find some really pretty Atala butterflies – apparently they were nearly extinct but are now common again following changes to harvesting of it’s host plant. Lunch at Nancy’s a lovely local restaurant in Sandy Point made the day – we could see the Disney island off in the distance and heard stories from the locals who used to work there, interesting that the chairs in the restaurant had mickey mouse on them!
|Abaco Parrot feather - the closest we got!|
|In search of Abaco parrots like this - not my image|
|Atala Butterfly in the Abaco National Park - that's a mouth-full....|
|Potcake Dog at Sandy Point - these local dogs named after the rice and peas fed to them are very cute|
|Fried chicken at Nancy's - food of gods!|
We finally collected the alternator from Marsh Harbour airport on the 18th, our third attempt. Andrew fitted in that afternoon and a weather window opened up for us to leave the marina the next day for more real adventure.
|Heading south again.....|