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We headed down to Warderick Wells Cay, Headqarters of the Exuma Land & Sea Park.  We had to bypass a few beautiful spots because we needed good protection from another round of strong winds coming in.  The Park hosts a little sunset get-together on the beach every Saturday for all the visitors, and in addition to DeFever friends we saw a Great Harbor 37 that belongs to friends we haven't seen in years!  This was a huge thrill!

exuma park sunset

We first met Paul & Sue Graham at a TrawlerFest in the late '90s when we were all still in the "dreaming" phase of our boating plans.  Both couples knew what boat they wanted, but were still a few years away from purchasing.  We corresponded and met at TrawlerFest each year, until the happy day when we ended up at TrawlerFest with our respective new boats - we bought them in the same year - 2002.  But it's a small world and here they were - so we had a very happy reunion on the beach and we raised a toast to the fact that our dreams came true.

paul & sue

It was Easter weekend, and the Park graciously hosted an Easter pot-luck luncheon for all the cruisers at the Warden's quarters.  It was a lovely party and the views from the wrap-around porch were just gorgeous.  We knew a lot of people from the DeFever club - everyone cleans up pretty well!

easter defevers
We were able to do a little snorkeling, but the high winds made it difficult; fortunately there are plenty of hiking trails on Warderick Wells, and we did a little exploring.  We also hiked up to Boo Boo Hill where cruisers are allowed to leave driftwood signs with their boat names on them.  It's a nice little tradition, though the pile of signs looks like a pretty big mess up there!  Mother Nature comes along with a good storm now and then to rearrange things.  We found our sign from 2010 and Jim carved this year's date on it.
boo boo hill
Cruising plans are usually cast in Jell-O - flexibility is the name of the game. Unfortunately Jim broke a tooth on Easter, and he really needed to get to a dentist to take care of it.  The nearest dentists are in Nassau, and one of the Park staff recommended her dentist.  We talked with them on the satellite phone and they said to come in as soon as we docked.  We made the day-long run back up to Nassau and they took care of Jim right away - very nice people!  He has a temporary patch and he needs a root canal, so that will be done this week.  We'll stay around for a few days after that to be sure he heals, but then we're free to head back over to the Exumas to explore.  We'll keep our cruising plans a bit less ambitious in case of any further problems with the tooth, but there are a ton of wonderful places to enjoy.  In the meantime, the winds have cranked up and are really howling, so it's just as well.  We're exploring Nassau town, hanging out with friends, and catching up on a few boat chores.

 
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