DAVE'S BIRTHDAY AT WARDERICK CAY!!! HAPPY 65TH!!!!
Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
49Trip End May 26, 2009
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APRIL 10TH - Today is Dave's birthday and he was given the Exumas as a present!!! Not too shabby!
We left Shroud Cay around 8:00 AM to make way to Warderick Cay which is the Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park headquarters. On our way down we passed Wax Cay, Little Wax Cay, Little Pigeon Cay (privately owned), Hawksbill Cay, Little Hawksbill Cay, Little Cistern Cay, Cistern Cay (formerly owned by Robert Vesco overseeing his drug operations at Norman) and Little Bitty Cistern Cay. You gotta love the names.
Winds were 15-20 kts out of the south which was, of course, our direction. Therefore we pounded into 3-5' waves on the Banks. Far cry from the Norman to Shroud run. Water was once again pouring over our bow and we were thoroughly "a-salted". I had not put the cover back on the anchor windless so now we had water in our v-berth from a leak around the windless. Finally half way through the trip we changed our heading and had the waves hitting us on the beam and it wasn't so wet. Arrived in Warderick Cay anchorage at 12:30PM.
The north anchorage is by reservation which we picked up yesterday and it's mooring balls only. If you want to anchor, or can't get a mooring, you can anchor in the south anchorage which isn't as protected. We heard "Jade" on the radio telling the Park Ranger they were leaving because it was too rolly. The couple from "Jade" dinghied by Spindrift during the afternoon of our "second top" in Norman Cay. They bought their Beneteau in Daytona Beach the year of the hurricanes and they live in Sarasota. We radioed them about the anchorage but they were off Emerald Rock which is more exposed to the Banks and said we'd have no problems in the North Anchorage.
All in all, it wasn't too bad. This anchorage is beautiful. There is a large tidal flat that is exposed at low tide in the middle of the anchorage and all the boats are moored around the sandbar. At the bototm of mooring #9 is a burnt out hull of a fiberglass sailboat. A gentlemen once left his generator on while he went to dinner on a another boat and the result is sitting on the bottom of the channel. Glad we didn't get #9!!! Other residents here are a 5' nurse shark and "Bubba" a 4' barracuda that loves to hang out under boats and feed on leftovers thrown overboard. There are also a pair of lemon sharks. 4' Boo Boo and his 5 1/2' brother.
Our mooring is just off the beach. Great location! We get to see all the dinghies go by on their way to their boats further out.
Legend has it that Warderick Wells is haunted. On moonlit nights the sound of a congregation singing hymns can be heard off the coast. On those special nights, when the moon is right, you can hear sounds of faint moans on the wind. Tonight is a full moon!!!
The hike is through the mangrove area then up the high sand dune.
At the top boaters have left their marks with painted and carved driftwood with their names on it.
The view is spectular overlooking the limestone cliffs and down on the anchorage or the Banks.
In calm weather this is a great place to dinghy around with the pockmarked holes and small caves, however the Banks is kicking up so don't know if we'll be able to get out there on the dinghy.
There is a really cute little bird - Banana Quit - who likes sugar. I saw them in a bush up by the Park Ranger Station and then as we were sitting on the boat, one came to visit. Dave put out sugar and he came back and made a glutton of himself - lots of sugar on his beak!
I've pulled out a steak for Dave. It'll be our first meal from the freezer! and his first steak. To accompany the steak, I'll be serving boiled potatoes with sour cream and carrots (my last fresh vegetable).
Life is good!