“E” Dock Reunion

 

We are enjoying cruising with Saraid and decided to head up to Double Breasted together making a stop at Allens-Pensacola.  Pulling onto the anchorage we saw a lone catamaran, and it looked familiar……..Temporary Insanity!  Our other dock neighbors!  Hello, John and Anne.  So here we all are, three boats from the same dock all at the beginning of our cruises.  If we had planned it, it would have never happened.  Naturally a potluck occurred.  Delish.   

Wanting settled weather for anchoring at Double Breasted, we hung around at Allens for another day.  Then another when we started hearing grumbles of a possible tropical LO developing just south of us.  Then another when we heard grumbles of the now more probable possible tropical LO developing AND heading towards us.  But the current weather was pleasant even if too brisk to really get off shore for diving on the outer reefs, we still did enough diving to satisfy us and keep our bellies filled.  

On one of the afternoons while the boys were busy cleaning conch Lisa and I took a walk to the ocean side to visit the signing tree looking for familiar names. Some of the boards were ingenious!  One name was written with 5200, I’m sure that one will be around for a few more decades. I also liked the one that laced their name on a piece of drift wood, so smart. I have got to make us a name board!   

^^Boat food.  It’s the best.  Especially when shared in the cockpit with friends 🙂

 

 

One Last Time (for a little while)

We never did go back to Green Turtle to dodge the weather, instead we decided to put up with some pretty regular squalls whomping us, mostly at night, just to get another good dive in at Allens-Pensacola/Umbrella Cay.  It has been grey and we’ve been trying dive in the rain, not having much luck, and were thinking it just might not happen.

Our cruising permit is good through the 20th, but the weather gurus are saying that all of the factors that have been keeping this Hurricane season quiet are dissolving by the end of the week and they are expecting to see things heat up pretty quickly afterwards. That was our que that it’s time to head along and there looks to be a very favorable weather window to head back to Florida this week.

Fortunately today, even though we had a nasty squall last night and woke up to rain, cleared out and we made the most of our last full non-traveling day here.  Keith got a bucket full of hogfish. Do I need to say more?  Obviously it turned out to be a great day! Normally we only catch what we are going to eat that night and maybe one for the freezer for a rainy day, but today we upped our limits (still totally within the legal limits) and brought home four so we could have a fish dinner our two while back in Florida.  Seriously, I think we might go into withdrawals, we’ve been eating fish probably five nights a week, and most lunches too!  Besides the fish, the dives were good.  All clear, tons of pretty fish, no big scary fish.

With our diving done, we still just couldn’t get out of the water yet and spent the rest of the afternoon just floating off the beach.  I am so not ready to leave yet.  

With our rainy down time I’ve started a list of things to get done while back in the States and while in the boatyard.  It’s the first list of anything I’ve made since leaving Florida.  We should get started on it soon so that we are all set to hop right back over here as soon as the weather for the season settles down.  Can you believe there are still plenty of islands in the Abacos we haven’t gone to yet?! Plus, we will be heading further south for the winter months.  We don’t like cold water.

So the plan at the moment is to sail to Great Sale Cay tomorrow for staging, double check the weather, start our crossing the following evening, and hopefully be pulling into Fort Pierce the evening following that.  This will most likely be the last post till we get to the other side of the stream.  See you there!

^^not gonna go back to Florida with an empty freezer!

^^relaxing before the sail home

^^somebody was a happy camper today

^^not ready to get out of the water just yet:)

^^plotting the course home to Florida 

 

Pinch-me-perfect

Each type of fish has its own unique “I don’t wanna be your dinner” survival technique.  For hogfish, the poor things, they have a very ineffective technique.  They stop, turn sidewise to you, flash different colors, and think they look like a sea fan.  They don’t.  Except for the really really big ones, they bolt.  I guess that’s why they got big.  Groupers have a much better technique, they swim up into the closest deepest hole and take their time coming back out, if at all.  Mutton snappers, though, they’ve got it figured out.  They swim slowly always just out of spearing range so that you follow them half way across the reef believing that you can get closer to them and once they have sufficiently teased you they take off so fast they are out of sight in a second.  These muttons have been giving Keith the challenge, I knew he’d get one though…. and it was a biggie! Probably 20 lb. Woohoo, it fed the entire anchorage! It’s a fun way to meet the other cruisers (and try all their tasty side dishes).  

Over the mutton snapper and conch dinner plans came together for a wreck dive the next day led by a couple Keith had met  at Manjack.  It was a 300′, 1907 wreck. I don’t know the name of it, I’ll be googling it when I get some wifi.  The day was perfect for it, the glassy flat calm day made looking at it from the dinghy as clear as underwater.  It helped that it was in really shallow water as well.  We were able to find two boilers, two anchors, two propellers, the shaft, rudder…it was an absolutely amazing dive.

 

^^ check out the shade for our little dinghy excursion.

 

^^ we followed “Teamwork” out to the site, you can see the wreck below the water

 

^^boiler

 

^^one of the props

 

^^other boiler

 

 

 

 

^^one of the anchors

A pinch-me-perfect couple of days 🙂