West Palm Beach- Lake Worth

Peanut Island

We are heading back up the ICW rather than jump out into the ocean.   Why, you might ask yourself?  We want to see things that we have missed such as anchorages and towns that we have not seen.  Normally on these trips we motor sail a lot. This year we have sailed more then motoring it has felt great.

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Lately we have had high winds and just yesterday we had a storm move through. I must say it was the worst we have seen at anchorage in a while.  Bryce started the engine in preparation for any issues.  The winds clocked around as the storm passed through. We heeled heavily as the boat swung.  We are in a crowded anchorage and when the rain came in, we couldn’t see any boats around us. Bryce kept telling me the anchor was holding when the wind meter read 28,36,42,50,54, imageKnots which comes out to 60 miles an hour. I was praying that the other boaters anchored out here would not drag down on us.  Our little (well.. not really little) Danforth with out any chain came out a champion.

imageIf you remember at the beginning of this trip we lost all our chain along with our big Danforth anchor. In our many years of boating we have never used chain. Well, we have never had the need to. When we bought Beauty she came with chain so we used it. I think we dragged as much with chain as we did without it.   We noticed one boat dragged across the bay.. it was using a CQR.

While we were in West palm Beach we visited Peanut Island It is a cute Island made from dredging the ICW. In 1918 the inlet to the Port of Palm Beach was created. You can camp here swim and snorkel but don’t even think of bring any balloons here. Loggerhead Marine life Center and Palm Beach Country are committed to the prohibition of any balloons. Why you might ask? For the protection of the sea Turtles.

I took this photo in Hope Town Bahamas.  A big sea turtle coming up to look around.  But even in the Bahamas you might see balloons floating on the water.

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image         Whale & Turtles are nibbling on all the plastics in our oceans and lakes. They are dying after swallowing objects from the ocean.   Remember the old sayings Put liter in the right place and keep America Beautiful? Please don’t let your balloons fly away. Lets save some ocean lives.

There is this awesome small craft boat dock area here at Peanut Island. You just have to be prepared for the shoaling at the entrance.

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Patch (our jet ski) had no issue entering the area.

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Bryce is on the ramp waiting for me to stop Lolli-gagging around.

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While on peanut Island we walked along the paver brick path that leads you around the island. 

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I have to show you this photo. This whole area is full with Mega Yachts. On the bow of this boat is a 40 or 50 foot fly bridge cruiser. On Starboard side is two more boats. I think we counted 5 boats on this private yacht. It’s crazy….lol

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As we strolled this beautiful area we found an old Coastguard Station. 

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This was really a scenic walk. 

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The shoreline of Peanut Island was full of boats anchored off it. The beaches were getting crowded with sun bathers and swimmers.

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Throughout the island we see these huts with picnic tables.  This is a great place to visit if you are in the West Palm Beach area. Unfortunately you can only get to Peanut Island by boat. There are local marinas that will take you there by ferry.

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The red dots indicates our anchorages. I have been asked about the different places to anchor off the ICW and Bahamas. This map will show you some great places to anchor. https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC 

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This is the North part of Lake Worth where we are anchored till Thursday. It’s a great place with awesome holding for us up to nearly 60 mile an hour winds.

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Oleta State Park, Miami, FL

What a cool State Park. We enjoyed our anchorage here. The bottom was sandy and it held our anchor well. The following morning I contacted our oldest granddaughter Hannah. who is on Spring break in Miami with a few Girlfriends.  What a delightful day we had. We are working our way back up the ICW checking out areas we haven’t seen.

Jess, Kai, Hannah We are anchored in front of the beach that you see behind girls.

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Alex is Kai’s father who brought the girls over to see us.  We were anchored in Oleta Bay State Park. We gabbed for a few hours and gobbled a plate of brownies and Reese’s Peanut butter cups.  We had a great conversation with Alex.  We would have loved to spend more time with Alex and his wife.

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The girls enjoyed the water.  We inflated our dingy and two floating chairs.  They rowed all over the bay.

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Bryce is fascinated by this boat.  It appears to be a 30 foot trailer-able boat.

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LOL This small table cloth is fun when you want to doodle. It came with a set of markers to color with.  The girls did a great job coloring in the pictures.  After the party is over you wash the table cloth and all the markers come out.  Then it’s ready for the next party.

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While the girls were out wandering around the bay on dingy and tubes, they were asked if we were in Marathon FL this past Dec & Jan. The girls really didn’t know but they came back and asked us. “Island Round” is the name of the Trawler of Jim & Donna.  They had heard about the BOLO out on us on our way to Andros. So we went over later that evening. But they were getting ready to eat. We spent a few minutes explaining the bolo.  

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Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas to West Palm Beach, Florida

We sailed wing on wing as we left Green Turtle Cay to Great Sale Cay  Winds were 16 knots from behind, boat speed was 8-8.5 mph. This was about a 60 miles sail and it was perfect. There were several boats ahead of us sailing and few powerboats. Our plans were to stay at Great Sale Cay till the following morning and cross over to the St. Lucie Inlet Florida.

As we sat on the deck the following morning sipping our morning coffee we watched 18 sailboats and 4 powerboats leave the protection of Great Sale Cay to cross over to the shoreline of Florida.  This is an all night sail for most sail boats. We were timing the tide into St. Lucie Inlet so we didn’t want to leave till some time between 10.am and 11.am on Friday morning.

However, looking at the winds and waves, we realized we could anchor another night at the edge of the banks and not have to make an all nighter.  Rather we would sail to Palm Beach Inlet.

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Our Stop at Green Turtle Cay was awesome. Green Turtle Cay is one of the barrier Islands off The mainland of the Abaco. You can only reach the island by ferry or boat. It’s worth the stop. Bryce anchored us behind a 100 foot tall rock cliff to protect us from NE winds. We were only 300 feet from the beautiful shoreline. Our water depth at low tide was 10 feet. The winds were to be gusting between 20 to 25 miles per hour. Bryce was amazing at picking out this anchorage. We didn’t feel the harshness of the winds. We drove the jet-ski into Green turtle Cay for the day.

Patch is tied up to the dinghy dock at Green Turtle Cay.

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This cannon surely is being destroyed by the saltwater. She is mounted near the dinghy dock.   

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The streets are so narrow just barley enough room for a vehicle. It’s funny it takes 15 minutes to walk the town yet people drive cars.

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Haunting Loyalist Garden: The history here is the American Colonist that were loyal to the British flag left their slaves in the U.S to travel to the Bahamas in 1770’s.  In 1780’s the Spanish tried to retake the possession of the islands and failed. Due to the help of the South Carolina militia the loyalists in the Bahamas, without a shot fired, made the Spanish retreat. 

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In just a few minute walk you will see an out door park with busts the represents the loyalist of the Bahamas. It is really neat to see. There is so much history on each island  and it’s fun to learn to learn about the Bahamas.

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This is an old jail house.. They say there isn’t any crime in Green Turtle Cay do to the fact that it is inhabited by a close knit community of about 500 residents.

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Although when they saw Bryce was coming,  they locked him up behind bars because they know how he likes to reroute the traffic- streets when he been drinking. LOL The jail is known as “Ye Olde Gaol”

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After Bryce was released we continued on our journey and found Miss Emily’s Goombay Smash. This is the original  Goombay Smash.

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The inside of the Blue Bee Bar is lined with anything you want to donate to the walls. I like this shirt!

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We continued to walk through the quiet streets.

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Is it Halloween or is this a hunted house? As  we walked through the narrow street we passed this house with ghouls in the windows.

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This is one of the narrowest streets it’s questionable if even a golf cart could make it along the ridge. There is a Warning of the narrowest street: “enter at own risk”. LOL, We walked carefully..

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With all the fun we had to pull up anchor and leave the following morning. We sailed to Great Sale Cay where we stayed the night  to make our crossing. Well we decided not to sail over night into St. Lucie inlet. The weather was perfect to head near Document Island where there was shallow anchorages that would allow us to cut across to West Palm Beach on Saturday.  

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There were many vessels out on the Atlantic as we made our crossing back to the US.

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Great Guana Cay, Bahamas

So what a wonderful anchorage. After stopping in at Marsh harbor for provisioning, we decided to anchor in the bay at Great Guana Cay. It was only an 8 mile trip.  Great Guana Cay is a long narrow islet and is only 7 miles long.  She is also the center of the Abaco Island and is near Gumelemi Cay. There is only 150 people who live on the island.

We took the jet-ski out to do some exploring. As we headed into the beach we noticed Grabbers a bar & Grill. The tide was low; the pier behind the jet-ski is the dinghy dock. There wasn’t any one in the water so we beached the jet ski.

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It is so summery to see all the beach chairs lined up on the beach; even without people in them. LOL

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As I put my feet in the pool I noticed this cat drinking from the pool. That can’t be to good for the cat. It started to gag like it was going to vomit so I splashed water to get it to stop drinking the chorine water.

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The silly cat just looked at me. Hey see that little drink on the table? It cost $11.00. The most expensive drink in the Bahamas so far. It’s just rum punch. 

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Look how massive these chess pieces are..

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Goodnight our friends. Tomorrow we head to Green Turtle Cay.

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We made it to Green Turtle Cay. https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC 

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Hope Town – Elbow Cay, Bahamas

I don’t know where to even began. However, we must be very lucky. See we have been anchoring out since the 25th of January.  Our last day of mooring ended when we let loose of the mooring ball in Marathon Fl.  The mooring field here in Hope Town is very small and boaters are here several times a day searching for a mooring ball. Each mooring is a different color and they look like bumpers not balls. Depending on the color of the bumpers depends on who owns it. We were very lucky and found a green one. Our mooring is owned by Lucky Strike, a gentlemen name Truman.

One of the most appealing views here is of the light house.  Hope Town in Elbow Cay features one of the last operational kerosene fueled lighthouses in the world.  Still filled and pumped up by the operator.

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She was built in 1864 and then rebuilt in 1934.

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I started to walk up the steps but I ended up a bit nausea so I walked back down and Bryce continued without me.

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She spiraled around and around: 101 steps.

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These are the kerosene canister they have to be refilled and pumped up every two hours while running at night.

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This spring wound mechanism caused the light house lenses to rotate. 

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She has candle power of 325,000 and her visibility is 17 miles.  You can see the kerosene wick in the center and 2 of the 5 Fresnel lenses.  There is about three areas of no lenses.  This causes the light house to give 5 flashes with a break before the next five.

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This is a tiny door you can climb out of and look around.  Her Height above sea level is 120 feet.  Bryce walked around this area and took pictures.

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Her height at ground level is 89 feet. This is a view from the balcony that wraps around her.  It shows the mooring field.

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Bryce took a picture of me from the top

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After we settled  back in at the boat, Bryce inflated the dinghy and we headed into the dinghy dock. There are several areas for dinghy’s to dock up to. We are usually docking up at the sailing club docks.  The closest dingy is ours.

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The streets are narrow just wide enough to get a golf cart down them. The walk ways are nestled with flowers and white picket fences.   No cars or gulf carts are suppose to be on the North side of town.

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This is center of town where you can rent a golf cart to explore the rest of the island.

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Before we rented a golf cart, we strolled through the streets and walked up the steps to the next street.

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You can see the white picket fences go a long ways.

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The view of the mooring field from shore through the palm trees.

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We are now inside a golf car ready to explore the rest of the island. One must not forget they drive on the wrong side of the road here or is it that we drive on the wrong side of the road. LOL

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What a pretty place.

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There are so many signs with city names and the mileage on them.

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We stopped along the road side as we headed to the Abaco’s Inn to absorb the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean here from Elbow Cay just outside of Hope Town. 

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So we decided to do lunch here at the Abaco’s Inn and it was a delicious. We split a wrap..  Abaco Inn looked out over the Atlantic on one side and the sea of Abaco on the other side.

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We did a little walking though the streets of Hope Town.

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Okay, I got very low on the Grey Goose Vodka; so we needed to stop in and get a re-fill.. LOl

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Ever wonder what we do if we need medical attention? More then likely you may not see a doctor on the island, but they have nurses that work under a doctors orders.  

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Hope Town is full of rich history.

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One of the most treasured moments are the ones in which you invite new friends into your life.  Left to right: Bryce, Jeff, Alan. Rob, Gloria, Robin, Claudia, Me. We all met at “Sip,Sips” for pizza.

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The shoreline is lined with the sailing dinghies that they use for their sailing events. 

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So someone has drawn out the points of sail. One thing is for sure they have a lot of racing here in Hope Town.

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Another great view was at Firefly Resort and Restaurant. But I think the food was a bit better at the Abaco’s Inn Restaurant.  But both restaurants are great.  Firefly looked out over the sea of Abaco.

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Okay so I had to pick what really needed to be washed. I only have three months of laundry to do. There are several places to do your laundry. This is a new place; it is also a bicycle rental and repair and now laundry mat.   It cost $6.00 an load to wash and another $6.00 to dry.  So I put two loads in. How many times to you go to a laundry mat that offers a Martini bar? LOL Only in the Bahamas Island with a palm tree

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We are making our way through the Abacos.  You can track our anchorages at https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC

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Nassau to Alabaster Bay

Okay I have a trivia question: What does the word Bahamas mean? Does anyone have a guess? Okay, I cannot hear you, so I will have to tell you LOL. The word Bahama means. Are you ready for this… “Land of the shallow seas”. The Banks of the Bahamas are so beautiful. They are rich with the color of crystal blue-green waters.  We can see the bottom of the banks even in 30 feet of water.

I fine it odd that the channel 4 news out of Jacksonville put a travel warning on the Bahamas.  Every where it said to be aware of, we were there.  But we were there in the day, not at night.  These travel warnings about Nassau have been around for 5 or 6 years at least.  So nothing new. I think you always have to be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are. But on the other hand I never see a warning or travel alert about Miami, Detroit or Chicago. LOL 

Anchored in Junkanoo Beach you could see the bottom clearly.  As the boat turned on its anchor, Bryce noticed an anchor laying on the bottom of the bay. He snorkeled down to see it.

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He tied a line to it a pulled it up. It was corroded with barnacles.

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Well, the day came and we said goodbye to Sheila. Bryce drove her in to shore on the dinghy and they said goodbye. Sheila walked up to McDonalds to catch a bus to the airport.  She said she had no issues at all.  We pulled up anchor right away.  We didn’t waste any time.  The winds were perfect for us to sail to Alabaster Bay.

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The day was very warm with hardly a breeze. Bryce found our old sun umbrellas and it was time to pull out the pool. I needed a cool down. 

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Later that afternoon, of course not long before we anchored; it started raining.

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But look it gave us a charming rainbow to look at. We arrived in Alabaster Bay in the Eleutheras.  Eleuthera is another island chain in the Bahamas.

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Alabaster Bay.

Our journey in Alabaster bay lead us to the Ruins & Ghost Town of a US Navy Experimental Facility.  This dates back to the 1950’s when Western Electric was selected to build what was called SOSUS ( Sound Surveillance Systems). This was used for tracking the Soviet submarines in the Atlantic. This was part of the project known as the Hartwell project. You can google http://projecteleuthera.org for much more detail.

After our two mile walk to find the Ghost town of the Navy Military Base our first stop was the sandy beach off the Atlantic Coast.

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We found two shacks full of old power stuff

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Inside the shack we could see old engines and pumps.

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On our way back up to the base I found a plant as big as I am. I feel like we are in one of those old movies where the plants come alive and attract you. LOL…

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We stumbled upon the gates or I should say what use to be the gates of the base. The gate is missing.

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We passed the guard shack.  It’s odd but I can totally envision life here on the base. 

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The pump read 17 cents for gas. Not sure how accurate the reading truly is. This was the original gas station. It was near the

Public Work Buildings.

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The ruins are now covered with over grown weeds.

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Life is no longer seen here. Nothing but old collapsed buildings.

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This plant looks like pea pods to me.

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Most of the buildings are now gone.  Bryce said this looks like a huge parade grounds.  But it was at an angle.  So not likely a parade ground.

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Not sure but this seems new. I had read that the Bahamian government was testing the water.  

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This apparently was the Administration building.

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This appears to be the Administration building.  We did not venture in, not sure how safe it would be.

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Still in use. We think its an RO (reverse osmosis) plant.

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This looked like a place to get repairs done on vehicles.

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A pile of rubbish fading away.

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The base was officially closed March 31, 1980 after the United States was unable to renew favorable terms with the Bahamas government. 

Youcan track our current position at https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC  We are actually in Hope Town in Abaco right now.

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Nassau Bahamas

There is no real dockages for dinghy’s and it is all touristy. But the one thing for sure, the people are friendly.  We took a small tour for about two hours in a mini van with two local sisters.  During our Tour we were educated on the Bahamas life style and a little history.  Did you know that that in 1973 on July 10th after 325 years of being underneath the British rules the Bahamian gained their independence.  However, they remain a Commonwealth of the UK. We also learned that most of the government buildings are color coded. Pink is Government, Yellow is for school, and Green is environmental.   But home owners can decide on their own home color. The minimum wage here is only $5.00 an hour.  So, be kind and tip for services.

We had a great day sailing from Norman’s Cay to Nassau wing on wing.  No motor sound for 45 miles.  Finally had a chance to really use the Whisker pole.  For those of you that don’t know, the whisker pole is the horizontal extendable aluminum pole between the mast and the gen sheet on the head sail.

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As we came into Nassau I noticed this unusual home. I think it is a home I noticed a lamp in the window.  I just learned that this was the home they used in 1965 with Sean Connery in 007 James Bond in Thunderball. I do believe it was said this is the home where 007 drives a boat into the house. 

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We also passed the Atlantis Adventures on our way into Nassau. It is on what they call Paradise Island

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We took anchorage near the beach and near where the Cruise ships tie up.  We were anchored of Junkanoo anchorage near the red buoy 6. Every night we sat on the deck watching the Cruise ships leave and in the morning they arrive one by one.  We have seen 6 huge cruise ships at a time come in and dock.   It is fun to see how they maneuver. This one is Allure of the Sea. She is 1180 feet long by X 198 feet wide and she drafts 30.5 feet of water.  She stands 4 times as tall as our sailboat at about 240 feet. She is a huge ship.  Think aircraft carrier size.

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Shortly after we anchored, we got visitors from Cordylia II. Louis and Hannah with their two little sailors. What a great family they are. They told us to talk to the manager of Senor Frog for Dingy docking.

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Sheila and I spent the day out while Bryce was working.  We had a nice time..  My day with Sheila was awesome.  We had lunch and drinks and we both bought a new dress. Sheila mighty pretty in this wooden dress LOL

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Our anchorage is all but desirable. We have good holding in the sand. The winds have been SE to E. The sounds of sirens, truck with air breaks and just cars blowing horns never stops! We will make the best of it.  Below we watched a Disney boat leave at night.  All ships disappeared at night to go to the next destination.  Then a fresh set of ships started arriving at 6 am the next morning.

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On Paradise Island at Atlantis you can stay in the Michael Jackson Suite which is known as the Bridge Suite.  In this picture, you can see what looks like a bridge connecting two towers together however, it is not. That is the Bridge Suite.  The cost for one night is $25,000 with a four night minimum.  For a measly $100,000, you can sleep where MJ slept.

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On our tour they took us to the Rum Cake factory.  You really didn’t get to see much of anything. But they wanted you to buy a cake.  We did not because we are not that much of a cake eaters. Okay, Sheila would laugh at that comment considering I made 3 cakes while she was with us. LOL  Bryce loves cakes, but not a fan of rum cakes.

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66 Stairs is a very pretty area to explore. It is known as the Queen Staircase because in the 19th century, it was named after Queen Victoria. She was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It was craved out of solid limestone rock between  1793 & 1794 by slaves. We walked to the top and There are all kinds of venders to buy things from and a Fort that was shaped like a ship.

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In the city of Nassau you will find Fort Fincastle It was built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore. The fort over looks the city of Nassau and the Queen’s Staircase.  It was shaped like a ship and protected the Nassau harbor.

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These are the two sisters, Nikki and Tashi who took us on a tour. It cost 30 dollars for two hours per person.

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We are presently anchored in the Eleuthera Islands.  You can find our position at https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC

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Black Point, Staniel Cay, Warderick Wells and Norman’s Cay

Well, seems like I have been neglecting you. However a lot has been happening on this boat of ours. I need to back up a week or so. We arrived at Black Point. It’s kind of funny when you think about it. We anchored in three different areas near Black Point before we settled in. It all depends on the directions of the winds where we anchor. Well after a full day on shore we headed back to Beauty. The winds were howling once again. Nearing 2:30 a.m I heard Bryce waking me up. He asked for my help the dinghy was pushed into the jet ski hoist, put a hole in one tube and flipped over onto it’s side. Yes, the motor was submerged under the dinghy. You know you just have to go with the flow. LOL

Bryce noticed this dark spot near our boat. It was just an old log.  Bryce does not need a mask, he opens his eyes under water.  Salt water has no effect on him.

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I went into Lorraine’s and picked up two loaves of bread: coconut and raisin.  They were both delicious.

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Later that night, we enjoyed the company of many other cruisers at Scorpio’s.  Everyone knew us because of the bola that was sent out about us.. We have been quite famous in the Bahamas because of it.

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The man on the far right is our friend Dominic From Canada.  His wife is Adrianne.  Bryce just called her “Angel”.

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Okay maybe I enjoyed the night a bit to much…LOL Hello MC Smile  She is from a Cat..

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Early morning we were finally able to see to pull the dingy out of the water. She had about a three inch slice in her. I searched and searched and we did not have a dinghy patch kit. Bryce took the jet ski into the dock to walk to the hardware store; but no patch kit was to be found.  Actually, we only needed PVC glue.

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In the mean time Bryce had to try to save our 3.5 horse motor from her overdose of salt water.   Fuel tank had water, crankcase had water, combustion chamber had water.

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Staniel Cay

Well, we decided to head over to Staniel Cay and introduced Sheila to the swimming pigs.

We watched two people head over towards us on stand up boards from this Carver: Kelley, Mike. Come to find out  they were from Michigan too. The funny thing is they are from Harrison Twp. That is where we stored Beauty for the winter.  It’s a small world.

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What a pretty anchorage.

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We were being stalked by not one but three Nurse sharks. They are found in shallow coastal water and are nonaggressive so they say. Typically they rest on the bottom of the sea floor during the day. But for some reason they were enjoying their morning swim around us.  Earlier, Bryce was snorkeling and brought up a pair of scissors and a knife.  Both stainless, so the were in great shape.

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I can not say thank you enough to this awesome family. Mike and Kelly were enjoying a morning of exercising on their stand up boards. Remember I told you about them. Anyways; during our conversation, I mentioned that we needed PVC cement for the dinghy.  Guess what? They had an extra one.  Thank you all so much. Colin, Hayley and Tobin are their three children. They were all headed over to snorkel in the James Bond Grotto. 

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Bryce and I later jet-skied to the grotto and snorkeled into it.  It is the first time in three visits to this area that the wind and waves were calm enough for us to go in.  We entered at low tide so we did not have to go under water.  This is me floating in the Grotto.

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Here is the grotto entrance looking from inside.

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In the ceiling of the Grotto was a hole to the sky.  Note this is grotto was where some of the scenes from a James Bond movie were filmed.

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You can see the pigs like to swim out to the boats to see if anyone has any scraps. I bought them a bag of carrots. LOL

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Look at the boats. They bring people in from all over to see the swimming pigs

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Warderick Wells, the land and sea Park in the Exumas, Bahamas

I was so disappointed in the Land and Sea Park. First you now have to pay .50 cents a foot per day to anchor near the park.  I think we were 1/4 mile out and still had to pay. They are planting those horrible bug infested mangrove trees. You will be eaten by No-see-ums.  Anyways we only stayed the night and then headed to Normans Cay. We are heading over to Nassau where we will say goodbye to Sheila. She is going to take a flight back to Michigan’s winter wonder land.

A funny thing Happened on our way to Warderick Wells we noticed a catamaran heading the opposite direction.   I said to Bryce That could be “SoLuna”.   I saw the black pirate flag.  We hailed them on the VHF and stopped for a chat. 

It was so awesome to see this lovely family again even if it was just for a few minutes.  That is Trampus, his wife Rachel and their two boys.  We met them in Marathon.

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A view of Beauty from the top of BooBoo Hill

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We seem to see a lot of these little critters on the trails.

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A rocky trail Surprised smile

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LOL… I had to wear socks. My ankles have been bitten up by no-see-ums. When we cross this area not more than 1/2 hour ago, it was dry; the tide was out.   We came back to cross it with the tide coming back in.

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52 foot Sperm Whale bones found in July 1995.  It seems to be crumbling since the last time we saw it.

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Norman’s Cay

Well we made it to Norman’s Cay. Bryce and I took the dinghy out… Oh.. I forgot to tell you Bryce was able to patch the dingy hole and unsubmerged the engine.  It is running great again. We stayed the night here. It was good to see Norman’s Cay. We are leaving bright and early in the morning to sail the day to Nassau. 

Taki hut; I think this is new.

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Enrico, the pilot we met in Little Farmers Cay told us the resort rooms here are $300.00 a night.  The rooms are in buildings like this.

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Jacks Bay Cove, Bahamas

Splashing waves

I am sure you have heard the phrase Far..far..away behind the cliffs sets a secret hidden pond or some may call it a beach.  With her high banks that surrounds her and only a small inlet from the North that allows the water to rush in.  As the North wind blows strong and splashes her angry waves upon the bank, she creates beautiful sandstone cliffs.  The trail; well, let’s just say there wasn’t much of a trail to follow; but you could see signs of the old markers laying on the over grown path.

Our view as we dropped anchor.   We anchored a few hundred feet from shore.

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This young couple rented this sailboat in George Town. They carry the gear and camp on different Islands.

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After reaching the shoreline, we thought we found a path to the hidden pond. But we turned around because the brush was too thick. We needed a machete to continue.

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Bryce found another path this time he is using a stick to mark our way.

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We are getting closer the view is getting even more spectacular.  We start to see the ragged coast on the Atlantic side.

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We made it! the white caps are rolling in from the north.

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Look at the pink crystals they create the pinkish looking sand.

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Sheila and I climbed to the top of this coral bluff to view the churning Atlantic.

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The view was fabulous.. The Atlantic  was a bit bumpy…

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Her rollers came in crashing themselves against the hard surface of the coral on their way through the small inlet in to the pond.

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On the Atlantic side the waves were breaking.  Only 400 feet to the west where we were anchored, there were no waves.

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You can see the inlet with the water rolling in.

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Sheila is walking along the cliffs of the sandstone.  One miss-step, shark bait..

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Bryce found himself a overhang to perch on just over the inlet. I’m sure glad it didn’t break off.

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Sheila noticed the reddish beak bird It’s an American Oystercatcher.

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Blackpoint, Bahamas, South beach.


We moved the boat a bit north towards Blackpoint and anchored off this beach.  We saw a Bahamas hermit crab enjoying a walk on the beach.

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Low tide shows the ripples of the water on the shoreline of the beach.

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Beauty is on the left at her new anchorage near Blackpoint.

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Sheila and I enjoying a walk on the beach

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Rudder Cut Cay to Little Farmers Cay; Explore Darby Island, Bahamas

We cruised the inside route from Rudder Cut Cay to Little Farmers Cay.  The charted depth seems to indicate our boat with 5’9” draft could not possibly make this trip.  However, at this time of the tide cycles and season, the actual depth is two feet deeper than charted at low time.  High tide adds another 2.5 feet or so.  The charted depth of 5.2 feet is easily nearly 10 feet at high tide.  Just for grins we decided to take the shallow route near 1534 on the picture below.  Charted depth was 3.3 feet, we saw 6.5 feet on a rising tide.  Next time we will go a bit out around the shallows.  But it does show that a 6 foot draft boat can easily do this route.  Everywhere along the route, minimum depth was 8.5 feet.

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We have waited a few years to return to one of our favorite places to eat in the Bahamas on Farmer Cay (Ty’s) only to be disappointed. The bad thing about our visit there wasn’t the food. They no longer have a menu with prices on it. You have to ask for the price and the prices seem much more than before. I ordered the grouper and was disappointed. However,  we met a group of guys and one girl from Italy.  They rented 3 planes in Fort Lauderdale and were Island skipping through the Bahamas.


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Our landing on Little Farmer Cay before our disappoint.

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Sheila and I enjoying our view.  The restaurant is right next to the runway of the airport.

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We will call him our new friend from Italy, because I didn’t write down his name. Sorry He was such a pleasure to speak with.  Full of life.  He was one of the pilots.

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A while later we went out to see them all off and of course to check out the planes.

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Our new friend checking his luggage.

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Here is Bryce gabbing with the guys about their expedition.

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We waved our goodbyes as they took off..

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Rudder Cut

What a Beautiful anchorage with awesome holding. The bottom was pure sand and our Dan Jr. Loves the sand (anchor). There was so much to explore we had an awesome time.


This cave at Rudder Cut was only 500 feet from us. You know we had to check her out.

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This in the small inside that was turning into a sand bar as the tide was going out.

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This appears to be a very old blow hole.  Perhaps 1000s of years ago, when the tide was high and the winds are right you might have seen water shooting out of her top as if she was a steaming pot boiling on a stove.

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Sheila and I enjoyed the view of this small cave.

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Okay Sheila gave me a pair of wings for this photo… LOL

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After leaving the first cave, we dinghied around the point and found another cave in the making. 

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This one also had a hole in the ceiling.

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The waves rush against her hard ruff surface undercutting the rocky shore.  Over time the undercutting weakens the base causing the rock to break from its rocky shore.

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Latter we sat on the bow of Beauty and we could watch as this guy carried stone after stone from the water’s edge.. At first I thought he was building a fire pit. LOL But magically before our eyes this beautiful stone arch came into our view.  

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Time to rest and enjoy the view of his craft.

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The following day we headed back to the beach. I love my floating chair.

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Bryce took a walk along the shore and took an up close view of the arch.

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I had a stomach ache so Bryce snorkeled by himself.

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He headed around the cave to see the underwater world. He said it was amazing.

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Darby Island

What a supper exploration. From our anchorage we could see far away a castle that set high above a ridge. Our journey took us up the bug infested over grown path. I was falling in love with the idea of being the Queen of this castle. 

So I found out that “The Castle” and Island can be yours for $38 million dollars.  Oh darn.. I am a bit short.


We docked our dinghy near the south side of this concrete wall and tied to a tree.

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Bryce lead us girls through the well traveled path. He broke the spiderwebs for us. No joking Smile

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First site of the castle through the thick trees.

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And they call this “The Castle”. Not sure why or how it got the name; but I can see the castle resemblance from a fairy tale book.  The building was constructed in 1938. The story we heard is that this area was used during WWII by a sympathizer to supply diesel to German u-boats.  Not sure how true that is, just conveying what someone told us.

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Our view as we entered the decrepit castle.  We carefully explored without touching anything.

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Bryce viewed the upper floor. With the rotting of the second floor beams, I didn’t trust that I would not fall through the floor/celling

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This appears to be the kitchen

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I didn’t see any type of painting on the walls or any type of decorations

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Who ever brought this place is lucky….I can dream what it would be like to own it.  Ok.. a bit of paint, ceiling work.. nice fixer upper.

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See why I wouldn’t walk up the steps? LOL

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A few doors need to be rehung..

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The party’s I could have. Keep dreaming right. 

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The upper deck… wow… the view.

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This place is just amazing to me

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The tub looks still usable.

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As we left the house we headed back down the path. This building was probably the staff living quarters.

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Bryce is standing on the rubbish of the falling roof and upper floor.

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The inside look

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Look at all the rebar.  Apparently, the salt gets inside, rusts the rebar and splits the concrete. 

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The outer yard

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The steps on the side of the building.

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The trail to lead us back to the dinghy.

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Look at all the Conk shells… Not one without a hole.  Trying to find a nice one.

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