Wander Off the Beaten Path

We were determined to find at least one hide-a-way where no one else would venture. As I read through “The Exuma Guide” I found mention of an abandoned U.S. Naval Decca station, and it sounded intriguing. We decided to work our way in towards Pipe Cay and have a look around. The entrance looked incredibly shallow, and the wind was still whistling through the rigging, so we chose to anchor the Angel first, then venture in by dinghy to sound out the depths. I guess I should have realized that if Naval ships had one day wandered in and out of this station, there was likely enough water even after all these years. And so there was. Once in we tied up alongside the substantial navy wall and secured to cleats that would withstand anything the wind could ever throw our way.

Entrance to Pipe Cay
Entrance to Pipe Cay

So what do you think? Is the bollard big enough to hold us? Although this place is not mentioned as a hurricane hole, I have to wonder why it would not work for us. With some chain or heavy chafing gear to wrap around the monster cleats, you could never blow away. There is a pretty good sized hill off to the southeast and a fair amount of island between this hole and Exuma Sound. Perhaps I should keep this one to myself as there is only room for a few boats.
Tied to the Wall at Pipe Cay
Tied to the Wall at Pipe Cay

Now on the minus side, there is not a whole lot to do here other than explore a little and rig the screens to keep the bugs out as there was very little wind in this spot. No water, no fuel, no night life; gee, our kind of place. I explored the remains of the naval station’s buildings trying to guess what each piece of equipment might have been tasked to do, and it was neat to find no other footprints, not a soul around.
The entrance to this spot is off to our west and you can see by the white colored water in the foreground why I wondered about the depth. The bottom is clear white sand, and the brilliant sun makes it look like there is no water at all. 
Joy's Island
Joy’s Island

Joy’s expression tells the story of this place for us. We love to kick back, watch the clouds go by, take care of little chores to keep the boat spotless and shipshape. We read, we talk, and just enjoy doing what we like best together. Ocean Angel is our second home, and she carries us safely and comfortably wherever we want to go. We lack for nothing and we always arrive back at our shore-side home refreshed, relaxed, and wondering why we don’t spend more time doing what matters most – enjoying life and living our small part in this great world we have to explore.

Ready for a Little Intrigue?