Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

This is a different Nassau -  the Nassau of Starbucks, Winn Dixie, KFC, Dominos and Dairy Queen and cruisers passing through to the north or south. 

Conveniently located to the Nassau Harbor Marina is the shopping center - right across the street.  You can get there lickity split or lickity splat depending on whether you remember to look in the correct direction to cross the street. The cars coming up the hill out of downtown Nassau  reved up their gears climbing the hill in front of the shopping center - no slowing down here!  

We walked over to Starbucks to use their wifi for one hour for the price of a coffee.  It is a very popular place.  Went down to Winn Dixie to pick up a few items which was all I could afford for $50.  I now know why cruisers spend a lot of time talking about how much toilet paper they can cram into their boats!  Some even brag that they put the rolls in a bag and vacuum seal it flat so they can store more.  I'm sure in other ports, TP is hard to find - in Nassau it rivals the price of gold.  The cheapest TP I could find was $1/roll.  Probably 1/4 ply but that's what we got!  Dave's favorite Chips Ahoy were $7/bag - he didn't get any.  Potato chips were $4-$6/bag.  So.....picked up only a few things and headed back to the boat for clean up.  Despite provisioning for the apocalypse I did not pack enough munchies!
We then spent the afternoon cleaning up.  We were "a-salted" for the past several days - spill a margarita on the deck - lick it up - you've got all the salt you need.  It felt good to clean off the salt and get her ready for the next leg of the trip.
Chris and Kristin with their two children are traveling on "Pelican" a 40' Passage.  They are right next to us.  They're out for two years - homeschooling their kids.  Chris was a wealth of knowledge regarding weather and I spent about an hour on the boat with him going over grib files, Chris Parker's weather analysis, interpolating what our weather future was going to look like.  A front which passed through C.Fla was going to hit the northern Bahamas on Monday and move down the Exumas on Tuesday with winds out of the W 20-25kts.  Since many of the Exuma cays anchorages are exposed to the west, we needed to get down to a Cay with protection by Monday.   Sunday was 5kts and under so it was going to be a good traveling day.

   In late afternoon we spent time at the pool with three other couples who had just come up from the Exumas.  They are out of Corpus Christi but after making the looooonnnnng trip from Texas to Florida via the ICW rather than across the Gulf of Mexico, they leave their boat in south Florida and stage from there.  They had lots to tell us about the islands and where to go to find this and that.  It was lots of fun sharing sailing stories - everyone has them .... And generally share in their excitement for being down here.
Later we walked across the street to the liquor store to pick up cheap liquor and then Dave took me out to dinner at Dominos/Dairy Queen.  First pizza we'd had in a month!  Not as good as Bella Napoli and we missed the company!  However, we with the couple from "Brenda Star" we had talked to via VHF leaving Bimini.  They, too, are heading down to the Exumas.  That makes three boats we know of coming down this way.  We're the only ones leaving Sunday.  Hummm. Something we don't know about?
Interestingly enough, outside the gated marina there are guards everywhere - liquor store, Winn Dixie and the doorman at Dominos was a guard.  They keep the area buttoned up and it was recommended we don't wander around at night after dark.  I guess the guards go home!
We settled in early getting ready to leave in the morning.  
It was a good day.   Life is good.
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