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Jean’s Birthday

April 26, 2014 – Jean’s Birthday  (PICTURES TO BE ADDED AT LATER DATE)

Yes, I am thankful for another year of life. And, the Bahamas are a great place to celebrate life! Sailing onclear blue water is the best, unless you are in the clear blue water, swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving.  We do it all and we love it. One of Gary’s friends once asked me if I loved the water as much as Gary does. Such a relative question, but I didn’t hesitate with my reply, “Yes!”.  I grew up in the lake region of northern Indiana, and we lived in Sylvan Lake in the summer, and on Sylvan Lake as soon as it was safely frozen in the winter. To be able to live aboard White Swan and see and do the things we get to experience is a blessing I never dreamed of ever happening. Life is good. Salt life is even better.

Before leaving Old Bahama Bay Marina at West End, Grand Bahama Island, Gary cleaned the outside of the boat, filled the water tanks, and put the water hose and electrical shore power chord away, while I did a couple loads of laundry (Happy Birthday to me…). I’ve done no laundry since we left our home port on April 9th, so I really had no reason to complain. (But, it was my Birthday…). My big “treat” was taking time to take some photos and get in the beautiful swimming pool at the Old Bahama Bay Resort. Check out time at the marina was 11:00, but they were lenient with us because we had laundry in their machines.  As soon as the laundry was finished, we left the marina in good form, i.e., no problem getting out of the boat slip.

After navigating through a shallow passage we got to deeper open water and then we put up the main sail and the jib sail (one of two of the sails forward of the main sail).  We sailed at least three hours and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the bottom of the Sea of Abaco through the crystal clear aqua water as we sailed merrily along.

We anchored at Mangrove Cay (Cay is pronounced “Key” in the Bahamas), staying on the leeward side, so the island blocked most of the wind, providing calmer water for a comfortable night’s sleep on the boat. ( As opposed to the windward side of the island which would have provided a rocky, bouncy night on a boat.)

After we got White Swan securely anchored, Gary and I got in the water and cooled off before showering. Then we had a cool drink in the cockpit of the boat while we enjoyed the comfortable breeze and watched the anhingas as they flew into the mangrove trees on the small island to spend the night.  Next, came dinner and watching the sunset. It was a great day, full of experiences celebrating life, love, and pure joy.

One Comment

  1. Beverley & Don says:

    Happy Birthday! What a great way to celebrate the day……I’m so jealous! I’m glad the trip has been uneventful so far. Don & I look forward to some pictures and you next blog.
    Hugs…….

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