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This is the path we've taken through the Exuma part of the Bahamas so far...

exuma course
Once the winds eased we moved down the island chain to anchor between Compass and Pipe Cays.  We dinghied up to the north end of Compass to experience "Rachel's Bubble Bath" - a natural basin where waves crash over the rocks at high tide.  It's fun to wade and swim in the basin while the waves crash over your head, and we giggled like little kids.  At low tide we dinghied over to snorkel the limestone caves on Rocky Dundas - which were very neat!  All these limestone islands are pock-marked with holes of all shapes and sizes, as well as lots of caves. 
This is the first place since Norman's Cay that there's a little "restaurant" - you can have a burger with or without cheese or a fresh fish sandwich of some sort. 

Jim at Compass

It seems that wherever there's a marina (few and far between, so far) there is a fish cleaning station that attracts a herd of nurse sharks who become pretty tame.  They're fat and happy, and they congregate when they hear a dinghy or boat come in because that could mean another free meal!

compass nurse sharks

You can pet them and swim with them.  I'm not a fan of feeding wild life - it makes things behave in an unnatural manner, but I do like to pet them when I can.
There are many cuts between the rock islands between the Exuma Sound (ocean) and the shallow banks, and if the cuts are small the current can be quite brisk except at slack tide.  Many of the best snorkeling spots are in places where there's a lot of water movement, but that means we have to wait for slack to snorkel them.  Regardless, we've been rewarded with great sights including a school of 26 reef squid, grouper, tiny blennies, parrotfish, angelfish, chromis, wrasses, and rays.

stingray face

With our buddy boat friends Carol and Dan we spent a good half-day exploring the islands, rocks, and ledges in Pipe Creek.  There's some interesting development on Overyonder Cay (great name!), and an elaborate set of elegant houses, airstrip, and a private dock on Little Pipe Cay that belongs to some mega-rich person as a vacation home.  It's clearly set up for entertaining a large number of people in grand style.  Other islands are either uninhabited, or there's an occasional little house with a few solar panels and a generator.  Remember - each island needs to provide all its own electricity and water, and supplies and fuel comes in either by boat or small plane.

We need to do the same thing on our boat - our morning routine is to run the generator for 2 hours to charge batteries and (every other day or so) make water.  We are still living quite nicely with our on-board stores of food, and I'm proud to say that I kept my romaine lettuce supply going for almost 4 weeks using the green produce storage bags.  Everything else is frozen or shelf-stable, and we have enough for many months!


 
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