S/V Delilah

A Blog to track the wanderings of the S/V Delilah, a 37-foot Tayana sailboat.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Too Many Mahi?

Sunday, May 13
Royal Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas

One of the best things about visiting the Exumas in May is the warmer water. The snorkeling at Thunderball Cave and The Aquarium remains the best we have ever seen, and the water here is so clear I could see starfish and blades of seagrass on the bottom as we sailed along in 25 feet of water.

And yes, by the way, I did go back to Thunderball Cave to get another look at that nurse shark. He was still there, and he was even bigger than I had remembered.

What else have we been up to, besides gazing at the perfect water? More pot luck dinners, more birthday parties, more hikes along empty beaches and on deserted islands, more cocktails on the beach, and more fresh fish than the two of us can eat. Our freezer is stuffed full. Fortunately, we have ben traveling in the company of Carapan and Indra, so we share.

I also finally got a chance to dive on the downed plane that sits in the anchorage at Norman's Island (which Carlos Lederer used as a base of operations back in the 1980s). All the stash is long gone, as are the seats, if there were any. But the plane is still mostly intact and is full of fish and the beginnings of coral growth. I was surprised by the plane's wingspan, and by how roomy it was inside. The only other plane I had snorkeled on was a one-seater, and it looked like a toy next to this.

But we have torn ourselves away from the Exumas, and made a long run today up to Royal Island, on our way to meet Mom and Dad in the Abacos. We hope to get there a few days early to begin prepping the boat for our trip back to the U.S. and to scout out the best beaches.

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Blogger dcrollins said...

When you google Carlos the first hit is an aviation guide to the Bahamas. That DC-3 looks pretty cool.

Any estimate of when you'll be in NC? I've got my vacation request at the ready.

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