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Flag of Bahamas  , New Providence Island,
Friday, February 24, 2012

We met up with Lee & Nancy & Stan & Kathy for another adventure this morning in the dingies. We will explore Norman's Pond in the interior of the island. There are even several caves to check out. This deep pond is absolutely secluded and protected. We came upon a couple whose outboard on their dingy quit on them so Stan & Kathy towed them out to their trawler, They've been coming to this spot for 25 years and told us where the best beach was. When they returned we went ashore and climbed up a hill and found the turquoise waters and powdery beach. We stayed too long and now had to thread our way through low tide until finally after running aground quite a few times, everyone got out and we all portaged them, dragging them at times in search of at least a foot of water. Sink holes were everywhere. We had to try and walk on the mounds of sand in 3" of water to avoid sinking three feet. The channel we used to get here disappeared at low tide. Will we ever get back to our boats? We may have to spend the night under the mangroves! Denny spotted a darker shade of blue and we followed the narrow ribbon into deeper water that led us back to our boats. After rinsing off the salt water we watched a sea plane land across from us and the dingy from a trawler anchored nearby came ashore and picked up his passenger. Next we had the VHF radio on and heard a PAN PAN call, which is not as life threatening as a MAYDAY, but it is a distress call. A trawler located 1 mile from our anchorage called to report his transmission went out. Immediately the big yacht's captain radioed he'd send one of his tenders to tow him in. A lot of activity today. Saw a great sunset and went to sleep early.
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