We picked up our anchor at Big Majors and headed over to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, only a couple of miles distant. We’d waited for the weekend crowd to disappear so we could have a little peace and quiet, find better services, and take care of minor re-provisioning. One of our propane tanks was empty, and we needed some fresh baked Bahamian bread, milk, and a few other items. Plus we wanted to get off to stretch our legs a bit, have some lunch ashore, and do a little more exploring. When we pulled into the dock, who should be just ahead of us but Gangway, seen in the photo to the right. The boat was a little the worse for her adventure, but she and her captain would at least live to sail another day. The story I told you could have ended so badly, but the boat and crew were spared from disaster by the persistence and skill of the Sea Hawk crew.
I took the tank, our cooler bag, and my camera over to Isles General, dropped the tank off for a refill, and picked up a few items at the largest and best stocked store on the island. The folks there are very helpful, and you just have to go with the flow in order to obtain the things you want. It’s the Bahamas, and anyways, what’s the rush once you’re there. It took an extra day to get the tank filled because I was a little late in the day, and you know, it takes time to fill a tank, but that was no big deal as we planned some time to enjoy the island. On the way back to the boat I discovered the boat building sheds and the home of Lady Muriel and Tida Wave, nestled in among several of the other racing sloops. These are beautiful boats and a thrill to watch racing.
Once I got back to the boat, Joy was ready to get off and explore, so we started with lunch on the deck at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club with another great pina colada to help pass the time. There were only a few other patrons so the service was top notch, and our waitress, the club manager, was smiling and helpful. We relaxed in the tropical breezes and passed away the time while we enjoyed our lunch and drinks.
After lunch we wandered the island walking over to the airport and stopping along the way wherever we felt like it. The sign on the waterfront reads “While you are here, Stop Awhile, Sit Awhile, Observe Awhile, Listen Awhile, Relax Awhile, Live Awhile Longer”. What a peaceful attitude towards life. We stopped and smiled awhile
Life on Staniel is certainly peaceful; it is quiet and happy. There’s even a marina named the Happy People Marina, next to the government dock and down the creek from Lady Muriel. Every time we are there we visit the Blue Store, and the owner remembers Joy and me, and welcomes us every time. She always wants to know how we are doing and why we wait so long to return. Life is too short; good times like this one are too few and far between. We plan to seek out more of them.
Sail up to Warderick Wells, Home of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park