Thursday, July 13, 2017


We've heard a lot over the years about the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, and Exumas from other boaters, and we could hardly wait to sail there on Always Sunday. At first, I was a little disappointed because the islands were so flat, with scrubby vegetation, very different from the lush, mountainous Caribbean islands we have been visiting. But I have to say, after further exploration, the beaches are pristine and there's nothing that compares to the turquoise waters. We enjoyed many anchorages where there were no other boats in site, we call them honeymooners. 
One of the few islands with towering pines where we could sit in the shade and read. Absolutely lovely!

Are those pigs that Ricky is asking directions from? YES! The uninhabited island of Big Major Cay in the Exumas is famous for its freckled pig population. You can go ashore and visit with them, as Ricky is doing, or they swim out and visit your boat, especially if you're feeding them something good. 

Bahamian Curly Tail Lizard curls his tail when he's excited
Boater friends Mary and Steve on Willow hike in the National Park with us. 

Friends flew into Providentiales to spend a week with us. Left to right: Ricky, Robin, Steve and Michelle Delaune, Jamie and Ryan Crane. Had a blast together!!!
This amazing mini-monastery is the main attraction on Cat Island, built by Monsignor John Hawes in 1939, known to Cat Islanders as Father Jerome. He studied architecture before joining the priesthood. Using all local stone, he built The Hermitage on the highest hill in the Bahamas (206 ft above sea level) as his retirement get-away from the world.

          Ricky swimming with JoJo, a friendly dolphin who follows the boats around Providentiales

Always Sunday at anchor in Grace Bay

Banded Starfish
Fresh Mahi Mahi

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