We had a nice quiet night anchored in Black Point.  In the morning we went ashore to use Lorraine’s Cafe wifi and purchase some of her mother’s fantastic coconut bread.

A guy cleaning fish on the government dock had a large bucket full of fresh crawfish (lobster) tails.  We bought 2 medium-sized tails from him.  I steamed them in a pot and topped them with lemon, white wine, garlic butter–delicious!

On the way north from Black Point yesterday we decided to stop at Bitter Guana Cay.  It was only 2 miles so we towed the dinghy behind us.  We had hoped to meet up with Gigi’s Island and Victoria Gaye but they pulled up anchor and left just before we arrived.  I think it was too rolly for them to stay another night there.

The reason why I mentioned towing the dinghy is that as we were anchoring we managed to get the secondary towing line (the non-floating line) wrapped around the prop.  The engine quit when we had about 50ft of chain out so luckily, we were anchored when it happened.  Skip wanted to call for a diver but I said I’d take a look to see how badly it was caught.  (Skip doesn’t swim, hence the need for a diver.)

I put on my wetsuit, mask and snorkel and was able to unwrap the line.  It was only wrapped once and didn’t even get damaged or cut.  The moral of this story is: Always use a floating line when towing a dinghy!

After taking some deep breaths we hopped in the dinghy and went ashore to see the iguanas.  Bailey had to stay aboard–not sure what he would do when faced with a prehistoric-looking creature about his size!
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The official greeter on Bitter Guana Cay

Sure enough, an iguana came out of the brush when he heard our outboard approach.  The iguanas are native to the Bahamas and only a few are left scattered on the islands.  You’re not supposed to disturb their habitat or feed them but I’m pretty sure people have been feeding these guys since they came right out and approached the dinghy when we arrived.
Iguana
What a handsome guy!

We only saw 2 iguanas.  Another one came out of a cave when he heard us approach.  They stopped about 6 feet away and patiently looked at us while we looked at them.
Beedy red eyes
Hey! You lookin at me?

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Limestone cliffs

Anchorage

A short path leads to the other side of the island where there is a rocky shoreline and a small grotto filled with shells and rocks.
Grotto on Sound side
Grotto

Although the wind was mostly east it was still too rolly to stay off Bitter Guana for the night.  We picked up the anchor and motored to one of our favorite anchorages this year–behind Sampson Cay.
Leaving for a calmer anchorage
Leaving Bitter Guana Cay

We are currently planning to make our way North to Exuma Park this weekend and stay through a possible front early next week. If the weather looks good after that, we’ll head to some of the northern Cays we haven’t visited yet–Hawksbill, Norman and Allen. We’ll be looking for a window to cross back to the Abacos from there. We’re starting to talk about all of the good things we’re going to eat once we get back to Florida!

Bailey loves his sheepy
Bailey loves his Sheepy

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