|Waves breaking over unseen rocks|
|All by ourselves|
We anchored in about 17 feet of water directly out from the channel that leads to a place called The St. Francis. There were no other boats anchored near this spot and we were suspicious of this. There must be some reason it isn't taken. There are literally hundreds of boats lined up along these beaches. But we anchored anyway thinking that if the reason becomes evident, we would move. As it turns out, it must have just been the depth that discourages most Cruisers because it was a great location.
Georgetown is known as a Cruiser Mecca. Some folks come here year after year and just stay. There is a morning net on VHF channel 72. A resident Cruiser named Sue fro S/V Wind Dancer does the net every day, 365 days a year. She does a marvelous job of imparting vital information and organizing all of us ruffians and GT wouldn't be the same without her. After the net she sticks around and clues the newcomers in as to how to get water, propane, shopping, pump out (yes, there's a pump out boat in GT) and just about anything else one might need.
There are actually two grocery stores within easy walking distance. We shopped equally at both and then found that more often, the store at the far end of Lake Victoria just past Eddies was likely to have better prices, if not always a better selection.
|LOTS of choices!|
Their prices and selection are super by Bahamas standards. The cuts of meat are recognizable. The store is growing and they promised to have a new building open for us by next year. So for free you get a wild ride to and from the store where you can restock the freezer... AND you get maybe 15 or so new best friends.
|Schlepping the laundry back home|
Moving right along... to laundry. There are two options for laundry in GT. The first is the Corner Laundry which is just off the main street before you get to the intersection. It's a rough looking place (didn't get any pics) but it is surprisingly well run by Ms. Lee and her sidekick, Robert. Between them, they are like air traffic control of laundry. You tell them how many loads you're doing and if the machines are all full, rest assured that the very second one is open, you will be directed to it. As soon as your loads stop spinning, you will be directed to which dryer, depending upon the size and type of clothing in your load. You will only need one pass at the dryer and your clothes WILL be dry. This is almost unheard of in Cruiser-dom. As long as you have no delicate things (they don't belong on cruising sailboats anyway), you won't mind the fact that you can actually see flames burning high inside the big dryers....
The other option (we didn't use it) is a place a few miles away with reportedly newer machines and much nicer looking. They will come get you and bring you back, but (also reportedly) you have to wait a while so your laundry ends up taking all day long. We like Ms. Lee and Robert so much though, we didn't consider using the other facility.
|Walking OVER the dinghy bridge|
|Top To Bottom - great hardware/marine store Sometimes better prices than West Marine|
|Beautiful old Government Building|
|The volunteer library|
There is a library that is run by volunteers, many of whom are cruisers. For $3 you can get a membership which entitles you to visit the free book exchange, the lending library and access to cheap books and audio books for $1 or $2. But you've gotta go early because they are only open in the morning. They are just down the street from the Exuma Straw Market.
Another rather famous spot is the Peace & Plenty. It's a hotel and restaurant with a marvelous view. Although I guess land based vacationers would find it more so than us Cruisers... we get that view all the time.
It is a very good place to eat when you're looking for a little more up-scale environment but the prices are still relatively decent. We had two very good meals there.
|My first conch burger!|
|Volleyball Beach and the Chat & Chill|
|Looking out at the anchorage from the beach|
|Some kind of meeting and a volleyball game getting geared up|
We had a small WWS meet-up at the C&C. There are ALWAYS others from the group in just about any anchorage we've been to with LOTS of us here at G-Town.
Bruce got ribs for $19 and we survived on my pig plate while we waited for EVER for his food to come. Luckily the daiquiri kept me entertained.
|Shady places to get out of the sun.|
|Conch Shack where you can get conch salad|
|You can also get conch scraps...|
|To feed to the rays that come begging to the beach|
|I know, not a smart move... but he was COOL!|
Holidays "out here" are never normal. With no children to color eggs with, Bruce and I settled for a solitary walk on a beautiful beach.
|The unlovely Sea Cucumber|
|This little guy got chased off by the purple fish|
|HUGE sea star|
|Sea Hare Really, it's a Sea Hare|
|Aggressive little purple dude...|
|WWS and that one hairy dude!|
|Such a happy bunch!|
|Our Cruiser Living Room...|
|We hiked over the island to the Atlantic Side|
|We enjoyed a nice picnic and an afternoon with a view.|
|You can ALWAYS tell where the party is!|
|We left at just about sundown.|
|The anchorage at night has hundreds of anchor lights. It's very beautiful.|
|Flip Flop Beach|
Taking a break from the social scene, we returned alone to Flip Flop beach. It really is stunning and to have it all to ourselves was surreal.
|Working on my Cruiser Tan|
|Chuck and Teressa at The St. Francis|
|Regatta Point Anchorage|
Suddenly... the weather said GO! It was time to leave. We would head out in the morning via the southern route headed for Long Island.
We had been in Georgetown for a month. While we had a lot of fun and didn't do EVERYthing that there is to do... I'm not sure we would enjoy sitting still for very much longer. But we will be back... to Marathon East!