We’re winding up a visit from our friends Skip and Harriet (formerly Moondance). We had the pleasure of visiting them twice when they were cruising in the Exumas, and showing us the ropes. Now we not only get to return the favor, but also get the opportunity to share with them some of the spots we’ve claimed for our own — in particular, a couple of anchorages around Pipe Cay.
So, what do we do when friends visit?
Harriet and I need to see whether we’re wearing the same toenail polish and shoes. Usually, the answer is yes, yes we are.
Completely coincidentally, we were wearing toenail polish to coordinate with the Exuma waters. And we both have purple Keens.
Go Visit the Pigs
Skip and Harriet never got a really close look at the Big Majors swimming pigs because their dog Bailey would likely go apoplectic. So, we saved some moldy bread and brought them brunch.
Having a 300 pound porker come swimming in for food is disconcerting. But the little piggies are definitely cute!
Our first destination was Skip and Harriet’s favorite, Cambridge Cay in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. The anchorage and its surrounding cays and beaches is a great place to kayak and SUP, which Rick, Harriet and I did.
Harriet was reunited with her kayak, while Rick displayed his superior balance and cat-like reflexes on the SUP.
Ride Out a Storm
One morning in Cambridge Cay, we were surprised by a random squall. The wind meter clocked in as high as 46.7 knots. Hairy!
Makes you glad to be on a mooring ball!
Practice Catch-and-Release Beachcombing
Since Exuma Park is a no-take zone — including shelling — the most we can do with our finds is admire and photograph them.
Exuma Park has some pretty amazing snorkel spots.
There are many hiking trails in Exuma Park. We hiked to Bell Rock, and then up the hill on Cambridge Cay one day. It was a brilliantly sunny day, so the views were lovely.
One of our favorite beaches, as well as Skip and Harriet’s, is Honeymoon Beach on Cambridge Cay. There is a blue hole just off the beach, which makes for perfect floating. I have no idea how deep it is.
If you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending on your point of view), you might even catch an very amateur synchronized swimming demonstration.
There is also the very lovely Compass Cay beach on Exuma Sound.
The surf was a bit boisterous that day.
Go Hunting for Sand Dollars
The sand flats off Pipe Cay are rich with sand dollars, and if you are inveterate beach comber, you can hardly get enough.
Practice Find-and-Keep Beachcombing
Thomas Cay in the Pipe Creek area has a terrific beachcombing beach on the Exuma Sound side. Beach glass and shells galore. BUT, first you have to get there. That requires a slog through a not-quite-dry salt pond; the mud feels, smells and looks like, well, poop.
Ugh! It was even worse before I discovered it was easier to do it WITHOUT shoes! At first, I sunk in ankle-deep and lost my shoes, having to retrieve them by hand.
But we found lots of goodies on the beach.
Naturally, we got one of Rick’s trademark cairns.
Hang Out With Sharks
What visit to the central Exumas is complete without hanging out with the Compass Cay sharks?
Wonder if the sharks like Kalik?
Have a Burger and Hang Out at Compass Cay Marina
It may not be the best cheeseburger you’ll ever eat, but Tucker’s burgers are perfect for the place and time.
Just Hang Out
Good friends in a beautiful place. What more can you ask for?