Jan 28-30, 2015
A very exciting thing happened today —We put the sails up!!! Angie started working on the boat inventory list and started getting seasick, so that got nixed. The water temps are getting COLDER – 67 degrees. That was NOT in our plan for heading further south. A-P looks to be the first real BEACH sighting/landing we have had (or, at least one that was not completely covered in dead seagrass).
There is suppose to be a path that cuts through the island to the Atlantic shore side, where all of the snorkeling, diving, fishing, is suppose to be. So, very excited about doing some hiking too. We dinghied around, checking out the cay and when we came back to Uno Mas, two fishing boats had anchored next to us. This perturbs Angie to no end, ruining the views and having to anchor so close. We have heard about the “Herd” mentality of boaters. They always seem to have to cluster around each other. Well, that does not work for us. Much prefer being as far away as possible from other people and their boats that tend to drag anchor, usually at night. But, what were we going to do? So, we chose to completely ignore them and do our own thing. Then, just before sundown, a little yellow monohull that dragged anchor at Rosie’s on Grand Cay, anchored on the other side of us. They left the next morning.
Day 2- We decided to find that path! We thought we had it, then we didn’t. Mark needed a machete, which we had left on the boat. We scrambled our way through the brush and mangroves to the Atlantic side of the island anyways. Very rocky, course, volcanic type stuff that will cut you up. And, the plastic and shoe soles and trash were everywhere. So sad to see.
Then, we actually found the other end to the “Path”. It looked like it could have an actual pathway associated with it. So, we tried that on the way back. It was very nice.
However, the “beaches” on the inside of the island were littered with beer cans and large pieces of broken glass as well. We found Allans Pizza hut but decided to skip having lunch there.
So, we decided to dinghy around some of the outer little islands, looking for lobster holes and fishing areas. Found an AWESOME beach on Guineaman’s Cay next door. Beautiful, clean beach! When we got back to Uno Mas, AGAIN, another trawler decided to anchor between us and the other fishing fleet (who, were already too close). Mark dinghied over and told them that we had 80 feet of anchor chain out. So, they knew we would swing into them if the winds shifted. They decided to stay put anyways. Well, that night, we ran the generator for 3 hours, watching movies(this seems to be an obnoxious thing boater can do to other boaters). That little boat left the next morning.
Day 3 -The Sea Eagle has launched!! So exciting, our inflatable pontoon kayak that you can put a small outboard on (like our 2.5 hp Johnson,maybe?? ) has been aired up, never to return to the original size and compact packaging it came in.
Awesome day getting into really shallow areas. Instead of hanging out on the beach while Mark fished and snorkeled, Angie tilted the seat back and hung out/snoozed on the kayak while tied off to the mangroves. Mark got a couple of lobsters and a snapper. Life is good!
Watched the fishing fleet dinghy to shore, and we believe they burned their trash. Since they were zinging right past our boat, I decided to wave to them, just so they know we are not completely rude A-Holes with a generator. We kept the generator quite that night.