We are in our happy place. We stayed two days at Great Sail Cay waiting for the winds to let up before moving further. Actually we stuck our nose out the next day and turned right back around-sound familiar?! We had never really got ashore here before as we’ve only used it as a stopping place to stage for a crossing so we went exploring. Our friend played tour guide. It’s a rather large island and uninhabited except for the wild pigs. It used to be home to a US missile tracking station. The foundations and bases for some tanks are all that are left. There is a long secluded beach so Kai was thrilled. Two days later we poked out again, it really wasn’t much better so we had a sporty ride down to Crab Cay. We enjoyed the sail more than expected. From there, you guessed it…….Manjack! Our happy place!
We arrived at Manjack just in time for the weather to turn delightful and to help welcome the two newest inhabitant of the island, Daisy and Mae, two girl goats. You know I just adore goats and was thrilled to lend a hand. Actually I didn’t do much but escort them from the boat to the tractor to the new pen and tell them how sweet they were. Keith, who actually used to have two pet goats, Dollar and Mischief, took one look at the pen and said they are were going to jump out. The little one did. They have new and improved quarters now.
^^Any fresh fruit over here is a treat, getting a chance to pick some star fruit has to top the list. Per a recommendation, I am planning on an upside down cake with a few of mine.
On the topic of cooking, we of course got in some diving and have found the lobsters to be plentiful at the moment. We keep saying we don’t care for lobster, but while in Florida we had lobster hot pot and changed our minds. Lobster hot pot, the best as I can describe it, is like a Chinese fondue but with a spicy, chili broth for both veggies and lobster-and other meats. You dump your veggies and meats in, let them cook in the boiling broth and then retrieve them back out with chop sticks to eat over rice. Friends had us over for dinner for this amazing experience and I can’t wait to have it again! Unfortunately it is an involved meal and quite a production so I decided to finally find some recipes that worked for the everyday and decided to experiment while we were not trying to serve guests. My undertaking has resulted in our own version of Bubba Gump on board. We’ve had: lobster and grits, lobster Mac-n-cheese, steamed lobster, lobster egg rolls, pan seared lobster, lobster buffalo dip, fried lobster with four dipping sauces, and lobster salad. All in the last 2 1/2 days! To be fair (and so you might not judge so harshly) I did reduce all the recipe sizes by half or more. We still prefer conch but the egg rolls and fried lobster are keepers. We will leave the lobster Mac-n-cheese and pan seared. I wish I had taken some photos of our experiments-you would have seen one messy galley in the background! Tonight Keith asked for anything but lobster for dinner. We had grouper piccata.
Besides diving and cooking, we’ve been enjoying the beaches, trails, and mangrove creeks filled with baby sea turtles. The plan had been to shoot threw the Abacos quickly this year, but why-it’s our happy place. We are going to give ourselves a few more days of the diving we know we will want for later and then we will start putting some miles in. The water is already cold so it’s time to get south. Besides we are eager to go beyond the Bahamas this winter.
^^baby turtle in the turtle grass.