The water at Soldier Cay was much more enticing than the green waters of Hawksnest. When we arrived there were a couple of small boats on the beach, but they left early and we found ourselves all alone again.
|And up before the sun the next morning...
We were ready to hit the beach after a relaxing morning on the boat. The warmth of the sun drove us to action in search of cool waters and sandy beaches. How's THAT for Beach Perfection???
|A new shell! This one had a waxy/slimy coating. ICK!
|Is it dinnertime yet?
|Will settle for a scratch...
|The one labeled Saddleback is actually White Cay
We came in riding a swell and luckily there was little wind to complicate things. As we carefully followed our planned track I watched the water depths remain ample even though we were flanked by shallows. I always worry that the quirky currents flowing around the cays in these situations will suddenly push us to peril, but I was able to adjust when the boat moved one way or another and soon we were inside where the water was more predictable.
The popular anchorage on the west side of White Cay (labeled in Google erroneously as Saddleback Cay) was pretty much full. (three boats) We don't like to be "those people" who drop anchor right next to the existing boats...
|We dropped in that sand strip and were swept into the seagrass
A quick review of our Plan B notes and we chose a spot behind Fowl Cay.
We turned and motored between Saddleback Cay and Fowl Cay, then slowly, slowly moved towards a strip of white sand and dropped anchor. The charted depths in this area are a little sketchy but we found a spot with ample swing room and set our anchor securely. Bruce swam out to do a visual confirmation as the swirling tidal current swept the boat south to leave us broadside to the east wind. The currents are deceptively strong through these cays.
|View of Dos Libras behind Fowl Cay taken from SE Hoffman's Cay cove.
|White Cliffs of SE Hoffmans Cay
|The beach on White Cay
|The southern tip of White Cay with it's stragglers.
|Very strong current flowing between Saddleback and Devils Cay
|Unlikely inhabitants of Devils Cay. DUCKS???
Today I had casually packed a bag of toiletries along with our sunscreen. I pointed Bruce in the direction of an enticing crescent of white sand beach on the east side of Big Gaulding Cay.
Instead of taking a look and motoring on past, I asked him to bring the dinghy up to the beach where we parked it and got out to swim.
|Don't even try, I fuzzed out the boob!
The water was so silky soft and if you've never had the pleasure of sitting your naked bum on clean white sand... well you should.
We both giggled and acted stupid as we enjoyed this guilty pleasure alone in the world but for the two of us...
These opportunities don't strike often, but when they do, we must be ready to embrace them wholeheartedly. And we did.
|Hey what'cha doin' lady?
We planned to stay put for an additional day and explore the Blue Hole on Hoffman's Cay. (click the link to read about that)
|There was a "Little Shark Incident"
|We got some neighbors, no more Beach Baths for us!
|Big Gaulding Cay
|A little more swimming (cooling off) on White Cay
|Exploring White Cay's east coast
|The view from White Cay looking west