You Are The Gull, Jo, Strong And Wild, Fond Of The Storm And Wind, Flying Far Out To Sea, And Happy All Alone. – Louisa May Alcott
As we left Highborne and headed across to pass Nassau we were out of sight of land when our passenger arrived and found his way aboard Journey. Actually George did not stay as long as we thought before we found his way back out and flew away not toward land. Hope you are safe George.
We passed a quiet Nassau area which was very different from our first view of Nassau and headed over to Bird Cay to anchor choosing to skip Chubb this time and it was a nicer anchorage. We watch the sun drift into the water.
The next morning we headed across the bank. What do you do when bored? Search the VHF for anything and we found the channel the Punta Gorda Sailors (as they called themselves) were using to communicate. We caught a glimpse of them as well. We listened to them for hours and laughed. We all arrived in Cat Cay and were visited by the Bahamian police. They just checked out paperwork, told us to stay on the boat, and gave us some guidance on the best day to make our crossing. Cat Cay anchorage was protected and the sunsets were spectacular. Our last ones in the Bahamas. Time to cross back to the states much sooner than this crew had planned.
And the turtles, of course … all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.–Dr Seuss
After leaving Wardwick Wells we headed up to Shroud Cay. So many other little stops we wish we could make but we need to get out of the Bahamas before our visa runs out and so we must pick and choose a little on the trip out. I had read and seen some videos about Shroud Cay and the turtles that live in these waters.
According the Bahamas Land and Sea Park website:
Shroud Cay, an uninhabited cay owned by Exuma Park, is an archipelago of cays and rocks surrounding a shallow tidal mangrove salina which serves as a unique nursery for conch, crawfish (lobster), sea turtles, birds and many varieties of fish. The tidal creek to the north of Shroud Cay is very shallow and should be be explored only at Idle Speed/No wake on a rising tide to avoid being stranded in your dinghy.
More about that a little later. The water and landscapes as usual in the Bahamas is stunning. As we approached Shroud we passed this massive Mega Yacht Bold. The picture just don’t really do it justice so be sure to google this yacht and have a look at her. She is a little over the top with all her amenities which are definitely unique. After passing Bold we headed into the anchorage at Shroud to drop the hook and drop Shelby so we could explore this uninhabited cay. A different unique stop that should not be missed. It is time to jump in Shelby and explore this cay and its beautiful waters and natural beauty.
Why am I a princess on the front of the dinghy looking for turtles because I did not charge the underwater camera which was apparently dead so all the footage I took was really not recording. The life with a blonde. I should have used Bill Copeland’s quote Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell since Dee took this footage. Anyway, we had to revert to cell phones and looking down on the water at the turtles. We get our last glimpse of Shroud Cay as we head back to Journey and pull the anchor.
We reached Highborne just before sunset. According to highbornecaysbahamas.com
Highbourne Cay is known world-wide as the gateway to the ultimate ephemeral islands – The Exuma Cays. Uniquely, the privately owned island welcomes yachtsmen and guests to its first-class marina and luxury cottages. Only 35 miles southeast of New Providence, Highbourne hosts stop in visitors on a daily basis. Highbourne’s eight beaches – deserted pieces of paradise, all within walking distance of the Marina
Sadly we are just anchoring overnight here but one of the best sunsets will happen here. This is footage we took after setting up the camera and watching the sun go down….
Shane Mead from Shane Meade and the Sound was having a live facebook concert on this night from his home since Covid had stopped him from no longer being able to perform live. Listening to his music made the evening just perfect as the sun melted into the blue waters. Mr. Barracuda came by to say goodnight. Tomorrow we pass Nassau as we had back across the bank towards the US.
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