Thursday 22 Jun 2006
Mike 22 Jun
Today, we left the tranquility of Staniel Cay and headed around to west side of Big Majors Spot, just around the corner from where we were. This spot is known for its swimming pigs. We anchored and Alison, Ann and I dingyed toward the shore... no pigs in sight though. So I started calling out 'Soouuuihhh'. I don't know, sounded like something pigs would expect to be called by. Anyway, it worked, and two porkers appeared on the beach and ran toward us and came out into the water. Alison and Ann tempted them with carrot sticks and one swam out to the dinghy to get his tasty treats. Cool! Flying pigs as screen savers are OK but swimming pigs are a step above.
We continued on to Warderick Wells. We took the inside route on the west side of the Exuma island chain. There wasn't any wind, so today was motoring the 17nm that we needed to travel. The average depth was no more than 15 feet... it's something to be cruising along at 6 kts and seeing the bottom streaking along just below the keel. We also kept a bow watch where 'volunteers' stayed at the bow looking for any coral heads and shallow areas, although the route that we'd planned didn't show any and none were observed.
We got to Warderick Wells at about noon. This is a Marine Park. We checked in with the Park Warden, paid the $20us mooring fee (no anchoring is permitted) and headed off on a mission of discovery. There's a 53' whale skeleton on the beach, an area on the ocean side that has lots of blow holes (these are where incoming waves, after having crashed into the rocks, shoot into the air through holes that have been worn into the rocks), and a monument that previous cruising visitors have created and consists of articles that show they've been here (mostly pieces of driftwood which have the boat's name, crew and date carved or written on them). Later in the afternoon, some of the crew took the dinghy and went around to Emerald Rock for a snorkelfest and over to the nearby beach to view the ruins of a mid 17th century loyalist plantation settlement. Overall, Warderick Wells is a spot that is truly spectacular and should not be missed.
Tomorrow, we plan to visit Norman Cay to visit the mansion ruins of the drug lord Leder's fallen empire. There's supposed to be a DC3 semi submerged just off the drug lord's private runway. Check back and we'll let everyone know.