|Andrew at the Helm|
|Fishing Boats in Spanish Wells|
In the north is Spanish Wells, named for the Spanish Galleons that attempted to land here and get fresh water. Mostly, they ended up on the reef of "Devil's Backbone". Lovely Harbor Island is just a water taxi, land taxi and another water taxi away. Actually the whole thing only takes about 30 minutes but you do get on and off alot!
|Car Transport in Spanish Wells|
Stretching south we hit Governor's Harbor which is about midway down the island and lastly we are spending, a bit too much, time in Rock Sound. The island seems very different from the other Bahamian Islands we've visited. Its sand is much more pink, it's actually hilly - highest point in the Bahamas at 100+ ft and its people seem much more industrious, though just as nice. There's also at least one church per person and bars and liquor stores are hard to find, but we managed.
|We Do Laundry|
Spanish Wells felt like a shift change as Andrew bid us adieu and Mary arrived. Spanish Wells also felt like Lafitte with its fleet of fishing boats and shipyards. 50% of all Bahamaian seafood comes through Spanish Wells and 70% of the crayfish (spiny lobster).
We did indeed get over to Harbor Island for a day of swimming in the Atlantic, cruising the shops and sightseeing. Sally Miles, Mary's older sister used to live here so Mary knew it well.
|A pretty girl could block the street in Harbor Island|
Sally joined us in Govenor's Harbor and we spent several great days touring the rest of the island. The narrowest part of the island is called the Glass Window and once had a natural bridge. Through that gap the deep blue waters of the Atlantic and the turquoise waters of the Bahama banks meet!! A "rage" blew out the natural bridge, which was replaced by a man made bridge. Then another, more recent rage, actually shifted the bridge 7 feet!
There are great caves to explore and this amazing gorge named the Queen's Bath. This is also the only place, other then Belize, that we've seen "blue holes"!
|Mary gathered trash, we goofed off|
|The Glass Window where the Atlantic and Bahama Bank waters meet|
|Approaching Current Cut|
|Sign says it all|
|Fighting for Conch Fritters at the Pineapple Festival|
Of course, we didn't let lack of WiFi or lack of water slow us down. Oh, I didn't tell you about the water. We were out and had no idea that Friday, June 3 was a holiday and everything would be closed. Plan A which was getting water before we left Spanish Wells was thwarted. Plan B depended on our trusty guide book. It said that while anchoring in Governor's Harbor was a chore - grass and thin sand over rock, we would find a seawall where we could tie up and get water if we had our own hoses. Ha!!
Not wanting to let water or WiFi get us down we took off to find a bar, remember - there were no bars in Spanish Wells. Walked into Ronnie's and sat next to this big guy and started talking. Pretty soon he gets the "out of water" story and offers to take us up the road to a restaurant owned by Lionel. Lionel is also the dock master and eventually got the pump turned on, a faucet going and extra hoses to help reach it. Turns out the guy we were sitting next to is famous. He's Doctor Seabreeze - singer and songwriter in these parts!
|Having dinner and singing along with Dr Seabreeze|
This is Preacher's Cave. The first European Settlers of Eleuthera shipwrecked on Devil's Backbone and lived in this cave for two years. There is a plaque in front saying that this is where the first "Christian Communion Service was held in Eleuthera". Pretty important for an island with so many churches and so few bars!
|Natural Vent Holes Inside Preacher's Cave|
Now Mary and Sally have gone and Roy & I are waiting to head to the Exumas. In the meantime we've just discovered Four Points Restaurant, best food off the boat so far and a young chef that reminds us of Mat,t if Matt had been Bahamian - ok, not so sure we want to leave afterall.
|See Wahoo at anchor in the distance|