I woke up this morning to the moon setting into an invisible horizon. Not a bad way to start the day….and it got better from there. We were escorted from the anchorage by two mama dolphins and their babies. Not as baby as we saw last week, but still young. They swam with the boat for a long time taking turns rolling on their sides to get a better look up at us. The mom with the smaller baby kept it a little farther away from the boat while the other pair played under our bow.
^^ It was a no wind day, our favorite kind. Never did see the horizon out to the west.
We were anchored near an abandoned US Naval Base so we went for a walk. You know we love abandoned things. I also wanted to go see the pink beaches again and the base was apparently overlooking one. The base was built in the 50’s and deserted in the 80’s. Not much is left, nature is doing a good job of reclaiming the territory.
^^ I’m not usually inspired by resorts but this one looked inviting and we were anchored right in front of it so I thought I’d check it out, it wasn’t open helping make today a free day.
^^ This bulldozer was not part of the naval base, we just found it on the side of the road on the way. Keith could not control his inner child and just had to sit on it.
^^ The guard post. I suppose they are not supposed to look cute, but I thought it did.
^^ this building was one of the better conditioned ones.
^^ the Bahamians are trying to salvage and use these old water tanks. I don’t think you can see from the picture, but they have leaks everywhere-even under the duct tape.
The real star of the walk, sorry navy base, was the pink sand beach on the other side.
^^ I don’t think I will ever stop being amazed by how clear the water is. If we had brought more than one bottle of water I could have stayed on that beach all day.
With the island being only 1/2 mile wide at this point, I didn’t understand when the chart said it was a 2 1/2 mile walk to the beach and dismissed it as an error. I don’t think it was. The roads were not straight and looped around a pond. Add in two wrong turns, exploring the base, walking the beach and we were pretty tired by the time we got back to the boat. We took a swim to cool off and lounged for the afternoon.
^^ In the evening we took a dinghy ride and let Kai play on the beach. Still looking for the missing western horizon.
We came home and the topped off a perfect day with a perfect sunset from the cockpit. And finally found the missing horizon.
Eleuthera, you are beautiful and we are thankful. We couldn’t have enjoyed today any more!