We left Marsh Harbor on Friday and motored across the Sea of Abaco a short distance (7 miles) to Great Guana Cay. Coming into Orchid Bay marina, we were looking forward to a few days of luxury–showers, pool, wifi and plenty of fun within walking distance! After a nice walk along the beach we stopped into Nipper’s to have a few of their frozen Nipper rum drinks. Bailey enjoyed a nice beach run after being on the boat for over 3 days.
We spent Saturday hanging around the marina, doing laundry and other boat chores. They have a lovely, clean and uncrowded laundry room. I’m glad we waited to do laundry here instead of Marsh Harbor. To go along with our leisurely day, we decided to have lunch at Grabber’s. Their highly recommended grouper sandwich with sweet potato fries was delicious! Dinner at the Orchid Bay restaurant was also a real treat. They had a special steak dinner that hit the spot! We didn’t feel too bad about eating out so much since we haven’t done so for a long while. A fun game of Quiddler on Lady of Lorien finished out a perfect day!
There were too many choices for fun on Sunday. Hmm…should we go to the pig roast at Nipper’s, have another delicious grouper sandwich at Grabber’s and listen to rake and scrape or head down the beach to watch the surfing tournament? Good food and music won out as we headed back to Grabber’s at lunchtime. We heard rake and scrape music at the Jib Room in Marsh Harbor. It’s basically a guy singing along with recorded music while adding rhythm by scraping a screwdriver along the edge of a rusty hand saw. Like reggae, the tunes sound very similar but who cares when you’re drinking rum!
The guy we hired in Marsh Harbor to put zincs on our prop was called Brown Tip and he proclaimed himself to be the best rake and scrape musician. He played at Grabber’s and was very entertaining. I had a few frozen Grabber’s for lunch and was feeling no pain! Just for the heck of it, we headed over to Nipper’s to see what was happening there. That turned out to be the prime place for people watching (and bikini oogling for Joe!) as the crowd consisted of mostly younger tourists. You don’t see too many young people in the cruiser’s set. After another frozen Nipper, I was ready for a nap! We said our goodbyes to Ed, Tina and Joe as they will be heading north and back to Florida sooner than us.
Today (Monday) we awoke to brisk winds from the south making it an uncomfortable ride back to Marsh Harbor. After checking the weather we decided to stay a few more days at Orchid Bay. A front is coming through tomorrow that will bring rain and squalls. We decided that staying at the marina is the safest and most comfortable choice. Even if it gets rolly at the docks, at least we can get off the boat!