Saturday, April 27, 2019

April 17, 2019 Rock Sound Homecoming

We took Joe and Erin to shore in the morning.  They hiked a couple miles across the island to the east coast of Eleuthera to go to the beach.  They snorkeled and had a great day.  When they returned, we met them in town.  We had lunch at a deli that they had stopped at earlier.  We shared chicken and fish and French fries. 
I've never seen that sign in South Dakota
Rock Sound was starting their “Homecoming” on Thursday.  It is an annual town celebration, like an all school reunion in SD.  They have venders set up food and bars.  They have a stage with music every night.  A few things were set up, so before going back, we had Joe and Erin try souse and guava dough (pronounced duff), both Bahamian dishes.  Dave ordered on pork souse and one mutton souse.  It is a sour vegetable soup with the meat.  It has a clear broth that uses vinegar or lime juice.  The guava dough is a pastry that is actually boiled, therefore very moist.  Then it had a creamy guava sauce over it. 

We enjoyed a quiet last night on the boat while they packed.

mutton souse and pork souse

Homecoming grounds from our boat.  And yes, sound travels over the water

April 16, 2019 Schooner Islands and Rock Sound

We moved the boat out to the Schooner Cays today, instead of going by dinghy.  We then took the dinghy to a couple of the islands.  We enjoyed just hanging out at the beach and sandbars and did a little snorkeling.  Pictures can’t even describe how beautiful this area is.

osprey on the sandbar
osprey with Erin's fancy camera

baby conch everywhere

this is where you find them

small snails on the rock
 We moved the boat back to the east side of Rock Sound, near town.  On the way, we saw a huge loggerhead turtle.  It’s head is at least as large as a human head.

At sunset, we took a dinghy ride around the bay.  We wanted to check out the dock at the north end of the bay.  A couple years ago, we tied up there to walk to the Immigration office at the airport to renew my passport.  The dock was still there, so we will drop off Joe and Erin there on Thursday morning to catch their airplane.
a sailor would see what was odd about this picture.  Usually, the bow points into the wind, but the flag is flying from the stern to the bow.  So we were anchored where the current was stronger than the wind
zoomed in as best I could

April 15, 2019 snorkeling Rock Sound

4-15 Monday
We anchored at the south end of the sound so we could take the dinghy to the Schooner islands, about 10 miles from our anchorage.  Part way there, we decided to turn back.  It was a little rough and slow going. 

We snorkeled the rock islands and the rock walls in the area.  We saw a school of Grey Angelfish and dolphins.  Dave and Joe found decent sized crabs along the wall.  We boiled them all right away, ate a few and saved the rest for another meal. 

We moved the boat to the west side of Rock Sound for better wind protection for the night.  We made an awesome crab dip with the rest of the crab.

these dolphins wanted to play with us

too bad lobster are out of season

this school of grey angelfish were amazing and seemed to swim along with us

the queen angels are a little more shy

I've never seen this one before

lots of minnows again

that was after we had each had a claw