Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas
Posted by Bill
It’s been a few days since my last post, but not much new is going on here for the last couple of days. The weather has been hot and humid, but the winds have picked up. We tried to go back to Shark Creek again but it was too rough in the banks for the dinghy trip over. Instead we have been doing some boat maintenance, washing the boat, defrosting the refrigerator, and stuff like that each morning. Then in the afternoon we have been wallowing at the beach. We are becoming professional wallowers! Last night a front came through bringing 36 knot winds and some rain, which we haven’t seen in a long, long time. We really hadn’t planned to stay here this long, but I am glad we were here last night. This harbor is very protected and a good place to ride out bad weather. We heard from friends in the Abacos that they had over 52 knot winds and 4 foot waves in their anchorage…not a fun time at all.
We tried to participate in the weekly event called Grill and Chill. You pay $10 per person and get a traditional Bahamian meal from the grill. They had ribs, chicken, steak and conch, with peas and rice, mac and cheese, and corn on the cob. We were 3rd in line to get our order in, but they filled the orders randomly and by the time ours came up, there were no more ribs, which was what we ordered. We got our money back, but then Tricia was having to cook at the last minute and late at night. Not cool. All of the events organized by the locals are very disorganized and sometimes get cancelled at the last minute. You need patience and a backup plan for everything.
That being said, you will always find the people here to be very friendly and open. Today is an annual fair that the island puts on, with Bahamian food and music. The locals made sure to invite us and I think we will go check it out, especially since it is really windy and chilly (72 degrees…funny how you get used to the heat, and get cold in a really comfortable temperature). I’ll report back if we attend.