Exumas: Allan's to Normans
|Our first Exuma anchorage was Allan's Cay, one of the
nearest to Nassau. After crossing the Yellow Banks with 2 trawler
buddy boats - Simon Says and High Cotton, Allan's was a welcome home for 2
days. Indiscipline, on the right above, was in a rather exposed spot
so the following day we moved 1/4 mile to SW Allan's.
|| The Allan's anchorage is composed of
several Cays: Allan's, Leaf, and SW Allan's. Once living throughout
the Bahamas, these little islands are the last homes of the famous Rock
|Sunrise in a quiet cove on SW Allan's, shown
to the right and below. The shallow cove is well protected on 3
sides and made a perfect home for our second day in the Exumas.
|The girls planted a coconut they had carried some miles
on this beach on SW Allan's. Maybe someday it's offspring will give
that lone palm a little company.
|A frontal passage was forecast so we headed south to
Norman's Cay. Once the private island of a drug lord from Colombia,
the island now composes a quiet anchorage full of interesting ruins
including an ancient crashed plane sitting in 3 feet of water.
Norman's has to be one of the most popular anchorages in the Exuma's and
was home to 25 to 30 boats during the blow. There is a hamburger
stand and an airstrip on the island.
|The girls loved Gunter's Cay (in Normans) because we
could drop them and Duncan off on this tiny private island. There
was great snorkeling in the drop off to the deep channel just off this
little beach, were we saw hundreds of fish and swam with Eagle Rays.
After this picture perfect day we spent 2 days trapped on the boat while
35 knots winds raged and 3 foot waves swept the anchorage. That
weather pattern became typical of our winter visit to the Bahamas.
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