Last Sunday we woke up at 3 am and made a calm and uneventful crossing to The Bahamas. The kids loved waking up to see the sun rise in front of our bow.It is WAY laid back here in The Bahamas, just like everyone had warned. As we approached Bimini we tried to hail The Bimini Blue Water Marina on the VHF to no avail. Turns out these marinas are so chill that they don’t even have their radios on. You just pull up to a marina and pick any slip you want. “Ya’ mon, take any spot you want” is what the dock master told us as we pulled in. You gotta love it. As we were pulling into our slip, what did we see waiting for us? A nurse shark. Camden’s only wish for this adventure has been to see a shark. He shrieked, “My dreams have come true!” So neat! We have seen lots and lots of nurse and bull sharks during our week here. No we don’t swim on this side of the island. We swim on the west side where the sharks don’t hang.
We have become instant friends with all our boating neighbors here at the marina. The couple next to us, Irene and Perry, is from Bloomington, Indiana and we adore them. Perry is very calm and cool and so fun to talk with. Marc is secretly jealous of Perry’s long sailor ponytail.Irene is classy and hippy all rolled into one. I love every conversation I have with her.Turns out she is the cartoonist for Cruising Outpost magazine and we have been reading her comics every month in that magazine for years! Today she gave Maria a CD of childrens songs that her daughter produced.As Marc has said before, life unfolds so much more naturally while cruising because when you meet other cruisers, there is an instant bond. And you just “get each other” and in general have the same perspective on life. We have had the fortune to meet our newest best friends. They are the Morrin family on sailing vessel Rafiki from Canada. Robin and Ingrid have 2 daughters…one is 12 and the other is 10. Marc and I have become fast friends with Robin and Ingrid and Joellen and Camden have become fast friends with Catherine and Alex.2 nights ago, another cruiser planned a rum tasting. Every cruising family brought a bottle of rum and an appetizer. F-U-N!!!Another highlight of the week was “Fishing School”. A boat from Canada two slips over from us has 2 boys on board and the 8 year old, Pierre, is a wicked good fisherman. I asked the parents if Pierre could teach a homeschool lesson to our and Rafiki’s kids along with us parents. They of course thought this was a great idea and we all went to fishing 101 today.I guess fish school worked because 5 minutes later, Camden caught this little guy.We had to release him because he is too small, but Camden has high hopes of catching some Snapper or Mahi Mahi soon. We planned on being in Bimini for just a day before we took off east making our way down to our destination of The Exumas. But another front came through this week so all of us cruisers are here in Bimini until Saturday. Even though Bimini is small, we have enjoyed exploring the island. Here are a hodgepodge of photos.
Near term plan: The plan is for about 5 other sailboats to caravan with us across the Bahama Banks and down to Nassau. It is a 22 hour trip without stops. But we may all have to drop anchor on the Banks to get some sleep at some point. The weather looks good Saturday and Sunday so we will all head out of Bimini together first thing Saturday morning. We need to get to Nassau Sunday before the next front comes through late Sunday night. We will hopefully have internet in Nassau and we’ll get out a quick post. You can follow us this weekend on the “Current Location” page.
Update: We are not leaving today (Saturday) like we had planned. Front coming through with high winds and thunderstorms. We now plan to leave Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.