Can you think of a time where you’ve had to pinch yourself when you just can’t believe something is truly happening?!? We ask ourselves regularly “is this really our life now?”. Everyday we get to watch the glorious sun rise, look into beautiful blue clear waters, walk soft white sand beaches, meet people from all over the world and experience glorious sunsets in different locations from our boat! We are still in awe and pray that feeling never goes away.
The past 2 weeks have been a world wind of fun! We have traveled to 10 different locations! Crossed The Whale twice and saw five new cays we hadn’t seen before and five we went back to and can’t imagine getting tired of visiting these beautiful islands yet again if we decide to. We’ve been buddy boating with Philip and Teresa on s/v Sea Ya and truly have had the time of our lives. These guys are an amazing couple and so much fun to be around.
After Thanksgiving we headed over to Manjack Cay where we met Bill & Leslie who have the coolest piece of property with every kind of plant, veggie, herb, exotic and normal fruit trees and animals. (A rooster by the name of Fred Astaire – 😂) They are truly self sufficient on this island, they catch water from the rain, have a ton of solar panels for electricity and make their own cheese and wine. Absolutely some of the nicest folks around and they let me hold Fred and gave us some star fruit and fresh herbs from their beautiful garden!
We got a picture of a pig out on Crab Cay, not sure how these pigs get out on the uninhabited islands but they seem to survive just fine. And we find the stangest things while walking the beaches and shore lines. We found a Nike shoe hanging from a tree so after finding another I just had to get a picture.
We enjoyed a 3 day concert on Hope Towns Elbow Cay. This was a fundraiser event with many country music song writers from Nashville. All funds raised for the festival will support efforts of Every Child Counts, Friends of the Environment and Hope Town Fire & Rescue. These guys were incredible, they sing as well as write the #1 hits for country singers like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and so many more. They put on 4 different shows in 4 different locations over 3 days. We all dinghy’g from location to location and were blown away at each show. One of the songwriters is also an actor, he plays Deacon on the show Nashville, Chip Eston and we got a picture with him. We also took a picture with a fabulous song writer Kendall Marvel who will be releasing his own CD soon. He has a great voice and will most likely be a big deal before long. Such a cool experience!
We all made it back to Treasure Cay on Monday December 5th and had an impromptu party on s/v Catatude with our good buddy Ed Horton and some new friends from South Africa Jon and Shirley from s/v Khaya Moya.
We headed over to Cocos Beach Bar on Tuesday night for the weekly bonfire. They just douse it in a few gallons of gasoline and poof! We practically had this bonfire all to ourselves because it’s still not crowded out here yet but we are happy because we have found ourselves enjoying all the very private and deserted cays and beaches.
I’m glad we made it back when we did because now we need to replace our raw water pump so we’ll be hanging out until we’re sure the boat is ready to make a big trip down south. Even though it is running we don’t want to run the engine so we towed it with a couple of dinghies closer to shore for protection from some upcoming weather. The things we find ourselves doing is truly comical.
We usually talk about our upcoming “plans” however, I think we’ll just play it by ear and let the wind take us wherever it blows, you know once the boat is fully operational. 😉 Everyone is decorating for Christmas which is fun to see the decorations go up, and they have a lot planned for the holidays here in Treasure Cay so if we are still here we will be around some really great new friends!