Buddy Boating: Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy…

Hi friends!  We are currently anchored in Nassau Harbor, trying to plan our re-entry into the good ol’ U-S of A!  I know, not what we had planned, but when the wind is telling you to travel in a certain direction, that’s what you do!  Anyway, we hope you aren’t too disappointed that our Bahamian adventure is coming to an end, but here are some pretty pictures from our trip back up the Exuma chain!  Enjoy!

Rat Cay to Norman’s Pond Cay

April 29 – May 2, 2014

Although we didn’t entirely plan on leaving George Town with Anthyllide, the stars aligned and we ended up in Rat Cay together.  We attempted to snorkel and fish a reef there, but the sky turned ominous fast and we jetted back to our boats to batten down the hatches!

These clouds rolled in, the air turned cold, and we rushed back home!

These clouds rolled in, the air turned cold, and we rushed back home!

A mean storm came through and shifted the wind about 90 degrees.  We had snuggled up to a spot close to shore to try to avoid the annoying swell, but during the thunderstorm, our boat’s booty ended up way to close to the rocks and shallows!  We sat there, engine on for a good while trying to decide if we should move or not.  As the wind shifted west, our backside kept swinging closer and closer to the rocks which was super daunting!  The anchor held just fine, but as we swung around it, the water got more and more shallow.  Wouldn’t you know this happened at low tide too!  As the wind built up the waves, we started really thinking that we were going to be bouncing on the bottom, so as soon as there was a slight break in the rain, we decided to move farther out into deeper water and away from the rocks.  That’s what we get for trying to squeeze in too close to shore!  Of course when you’re buddy boating with Scott, the camera is always close by.  Here are some pics of us hoisting anchor and movin’ on out!  Good thing I didn’t get struck by lightning, or else these would be the last pictures of me alive :)  What a cool way to go down!

Here's the captain, still in his wetsuit, gunnin' the engine to get our anchor up!

Here’s the captain, still in his wetsuit, gunnin’ the engine to get our anchor up!

Here's me, pushing my button, and feelin' just a tinkle stressed :)

Here’s me, pushing my button, and feelin’ just a tinkle stressed :)

This is how hard it was raining!  Where's Journey?!  Thanks, Scott, for all the pictures <3

This is how hard it was raining! Where’s Journey?! Thanks, Scott, for all the pictures <3

What to do with that fresh water rinse?  Bathe, of course!  Silly Jake!

What to do with that fresh water rinse? Bathe, of course! Silly Jake!

After a couple of rolly, nights, we gave up on that reef and headed north to Norman’s Pond Cay where our crew finally got to score some fishes!  Oh!  We had one night in Children’s Bay Cay where we met Willie and Muray.  Remind us to tell you that story next time we see ya, K?  Anyway, fishing Norman’s Pond Cay, Scott and Kim focused on lionfish because they are BAD, BAD fishes!  Here’s why.  Kim found a conch and accidently speared a glasseye snapper as well, so we had to eat him.  JR focused on swimming with the beautiful fish and looking hot in his wet suit and spear ;)

A pleased spear-fisherman!

A pleased spear-fisherman!

This was Scott's biggest Lionfish catch ever.  Although I recently heard that he broke this record a few days ago!

This was Scott’s biggest Lionfish catch ever. Although I recently heard that he broke this record a few days ago!

A pleased fisher-lady!  She's so tough!

A pleased fisher-lady! She’s so tough!

Scott did a lesson in fileting dangerous lionfish and crackin’ conch for us, and Kim fixed up a yummy dinner that night.  It was a successful fishing adventure and I didn’t even cry!  Well, I did when Kimmy gave me this beautiful necklace in this amazing little basket that she made, but I didn’t cry for the dying fishes!  That’s progress people!

 

Our catch for the day!

Our catch for the day!

That little orange thing by Scotts right thumb is an egg sac!  Ewww and Awww…  Ali (the kitty) had a nice caviar lunch!

That little orange thing by Scotts right thumb is an egg sac! Ewww and Awww… Ali (the kitty) had a nice caviar lunch!

Here's Ali, hopin' for some more fish parts!  Isn't she pretty?

Here’s Ali, hopin’ for some more fish parts! Isn’t she pretty?  Ask us about her ear next time we see ya, K?

So this little fish was INSIDE the belly of the big Lionfish!  What!?  Fishing lesson, filleting lesson, and a science lesson.  Anthyllide should have charged us for this day!

So this little fish was INSIDE the belly of the big Lionfish! What!? Fishing lesson, fileting lesson, and a science lesson. Anthyllide should have charged us for this day!

Cracking the conch.  Pics by Jake.  I wasn't so much into this...

Cracking the conch. Pics by Jake. I wasn’t so much into this…

And this is the final, cut up conch muscle.  Kim says it still moves even after you cut off its head.  Blech.

And this is the final, cut up conch muscle. Kim says it still moves even after you cut off its head. Blech.

Here's us, heading over to Anthyllide for dinner.  Cheers!

Here’s us, heading over to Anthyllide for dinner. Drinks in hand, cheers!

The beautiful necklace Kim made for me.  She also made that little basket that the shell fits in perfectly.  Remember that basket weaving class from George Town?  Yeah, Kim paid attention :)

The beautiful necklace Kim made for me. She also made that little basket that the shell fits in perfectly. Remember that basket weaving class from George Town? Yeah, Kim paid attention :)

Our last day Buddy Boating with Anthyllide was spent exploring Norman’s Pond Cay, snorkeling, and playing with the iguanas on Leaf Cay.  Click the first pic for a slideshow, but don’t forget to keep reading, K?

That night we had Scott and Kim over for french fries and said our sweet good byes.  We got some really good hugs that night (even Leo!) and I can’t wait til we can hug them again <3

Auntie Kim got to love on Boo!  He was a happy kitty!

Auntie Kim got to love on Boo! He was a happy kitty!

Leaving our buddy boat behind.  Until we meet again, buddies!

Leaving our buddy boat behind. Until we meet again, buddies!

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