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07 August 2017

July In Numbers

Clockwise from upper left: (1) Views like these are why people love cruising in the Bahamas; (2) Clearing back into the States; (3) Looks like a nice place to chill out; (4) This little guy tried to hitch a ride on our boat; and (5) View of Rock Sound from our boat.

We spent most of July cruising in the Bahamas, but sadly all good things have to come to an end, so we headed back to the States on July 24th. We wanted to get back to the States before the height of hurricane season and we have a number of boat projects to take care of before we head off to the Western Caribbean next season.

Here's some of the random things that came to mind of our time cruising in the Bahamas and Florida last month, by the numbers:

  • 13 - Number of anchorages we dropped the hook at - Rock Sound, Hatchet Bay and Royal Island in Eleuthera; Tilloo Cay, Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, White Sound at Green Turtle Cay, Allan's-Pensacola Cay, Great Sale Cay and on the banks in the Abacos; and Lake Worth, North Lake Worth and Pendarvis Cove in Florida.  
  • 5 - Number of loads of laundry we did. Three in Marsh Harbour and two when we got back to Indiantown Marina. Sounds like a lot, but it had been a long, long time since the last time we did laundry. One of the downsides of living on a sailboat the size of ours is the lack of a washer and dryer.
  • 3 - Number of squalls we experienced between Green Turtle Cay and Allan's-Pensacola Cay. Squall #1 was just some sprinkles. Squall #2 was a big one, lots of lightening and thunder. We bobbed around near Cooperstown while we waited it out. It rained down buckets during squall #3. Good opportunity to wash my hair and take a shower on deck.
  • $13 - How much we spent on a chicken dinner, conch fritters and a root beer at a church fair in Rock Sound. We don't eat out much while we're cruising in the Bahamas, so this was a fun treat. Great people watching and possibly the best Bahamian mac n'cheese we've ever had.
  • 3 - Number of dinghy mooring balls we tied up to at Sandy Cay in the Abacos. The best snorkeling we've done in the Bahamas, hands down. Even better than what we saw at the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park.
  • 13.5 - Number of hours our passage from the Bahamas to Florida took. We anchored near Sandy Cay on the Little Bahamas Bank. It was a roly-poly anchorage, but it was nice to have a shorter passage that we could do during daylight hours. Everyone knows how much I love sailing in the dark.
  • 17.88 - Number of gallons of diesel we got upon our return to Florida. Our fuel gauge doesn't work so it's always a guessing game as to how much diesel we have left in the tank. We were both pleasantly surprised to find our 46-gallon tank wasn't as empty as we thought.
  • 112 - The real feel temperature while we were anchored in Lake Worth. That's insanely hot! We were going to take our time heading back to Indiantown Marina, but the thought of being able to plug in our portable AC unit was too much of a draw.

In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite posts from last month:

Mingling with the Posh Crowd at Highbourne Cay Marina
Tickety Boo Speaks | Berry Islands
Cost of Cruising in the Bahamas & Florida

How did last month go for you? What are you looking forward to this month?

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24 comments:

  1. 13 hours isn't very long. I'm sure the time is passed better on a boat than if you were driving somewhere for 13 hours.

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    1. I was thinking that it was kind of like being on a long-haul flight but with much better seats and more legroom :-)

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  2. That is insanely hot. I hate summer and humidity.
    Hope you never run out of diesel.

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    1. I hate summer and humidity too. And I also hate winter and freezing cold temperatures. Give me a pleasant spring and autumn anytime.

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  3. Sounds as though you had a wonderful time. The pictures are great and I've enjoyed your reports.

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    1. Thanks Anabel - I'm glad you enjoy the reports. Lots more to come :-)

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  4. Yum on the mac-n-cheese! What made that one so delicious?

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    1. I'm not sure what the secret was, but it was scrumptious. I really should have tracked down the lady who made it and got some pointers. The one time I tried to make Bahamian mac n'cheese it was a bit of a disaster.

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  5. That is way too hot. Way too hot. I'd have been in the water. Oh wait, that would have been hot too.

    I do love that you are sharing your adventure with us. Going to someplace exotic is fun for you and for us.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy our travel adventures. I always wonder if people find them boring.

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  6. All good things must end. :-( However, you've racked up some beautiful memories, and I'll bet you've got plans for future adventures.

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    1. We're definitely in planning mode - our feet our itchy and want to start traveling again.

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  7. Looks like an amazing time. I love the pictures you took, especially the bottom left one.

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    1. It sure was amazing :-) My hubby takes all of the pictures, I'll pass on your kind words to him.

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  8. 5 loads of laundry a month is not that much. Unless, you washed a lot by hand in between. Well done on the minimal fuel consumption. If I would have to spend the night or day in 100+ degrees, I would head to Indiantown as well! We had to escape the desert of Arizona in our camper a couple of weeks ago for that reason it was 105 at 9pm!! We tried to sleep for three hours and then left at midnight, to higher ground. It was still 90, but at least, we managed to sleep.

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    1. You're probably right that five loads isn't a lot, but it seemed like a lot probably because I did them all in the space of a week. Honestly, I have no idea how people cope with 100+ degree heat and choose to live in environments like that, especially without AC.

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  9. That is so hot! What a fun trip, and oh, what beautiful views. Last month, we went camping and it was way too hot. This month, school has started up again and we're getting back into a regular schedule. :)

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    1. What?! School has started up again already. Where does time go to?

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  10. I'd say the numbers add up to one amazing adventure. Good thing you can get away with wearing a bathing suit most of the time, or your number of laundry loads would have been a lot higher. Not as high as that God-awful temperature, though. That's way too hot for comfort. Thank God for air conditioning.

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    1. AC is probably the best invention ever. Right up there with washer and dryers.

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  11. 112 is realllllllly hot! I could see not wanting to leave if that meant unplugging the AC! How did people survive before electricity? 😉

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    1. That is a good question - I know I wouldn't have survived.

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  12. Love the summary of your trip. Glad I got to see you in Matsh Harbor. We're hanging out in Oriental NC for the summer and will be doing the Salty Dawg to the BVIs in the fall. Hope to see you guys sometime in the future.
    S/V Northern Star

    Carl

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    1. Carl - so nice to hear from you! Good to hear you'll be headed to the BVIs which hopefully means Ardis is doing well.

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