Hoffman Cay, The Berry Islands, Bahamas – Part II

The Blue Hole!

We finally had a nice sunny morning and decided we needed to go find that Blue Hole!

Dinghy Landing
Dinghy Landing
Path to Ruins
Path to Ruins
Path to the Hole
Path to the Hole
M & A at the Blue Hole
M & A at the Blue Hole
The Jump
The Jump
The Splash
The Splash

Cave at BH, Berries

Angie at The Hole
Angie at The Hole
Land Crab
Land Crab

We also explored beaches on Devil Cay, and saw some stingrays and a pelican, which surprisingly, we have not seen too many.  We saw a Golden Eel bury itself in sand right next to shore (Angie’s initial thought was that it was a snake, but there are no snakes in the Bahamas….Right??)  And, Angie found a little bird, floating on some seagrass, trying to catch flight, but its wings were all soggy.  So, at first, she put the little thing in some styrofoam sea trash we found floating around and took it back to the boat to dry itself out.  Except, the two kitties all of a sudden had an interest in what was going on.  So, we took it back to White Cay and released it into the bushes near the shore.

Releasing the Bird
Releasing the Bird

While walking White Cay we saw some fun crabs, seagulls, and sandpipers.  Seagulls, Berries

Ghost Crab on White Cay
Ghost Crab on White Cay

While drying out the beachcombing finds for the day, we found that a couple of the shells moved.  There were hermit crabs inside.  So, another dinghy ride back to White Cay to deposit those little guys.  There was a HUGE loggerhead turtle off the bow of Uno Mas.  This day totally made up for the previous ones, waiting out the weather.

Mark Fishing, Berries

While sitting around for so long, with no much else to do except look at weather and try to figure out when we could cross the Gulf Stream, we made the impromptu decision to head back to Florida via the Abacos and meet up with our boating buddies, Craig, Joy and Brida on Sonjare. Another weather front was supposed to work us over.  We might have one good day to get to Bimini, but we really wanted two.  And then, who knows how long we would have to wait to cross the Gulf Stream, AND this next system brewing up looked UGLY, and was supposed to form over the Exumas, to our East.  So, we decided to head north and hopefully get out of its way. While sitting at Hoffman Cay, it felt like our trip was over.  Now,  instead of waiting for 1-2 weeks for weather crossings, we could be island hopping with our friends.  Much better choice it seemed.

 

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