TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 30 NM
OK, so we figured out why recreational boats are not welcomed at the government dock!! Around 2:00 AM the huge water tanker docked, lit up like a small city. Since Andros is the only island in the Bahamas that has fresh water, the tankers dock here to fill their hold and then deliver their precious cargo to the other islands. The other islands use this fresh water to augment their reverse osmosis produced water.
|THE WATER TRANSPORTING BOAT|
Since a windy afternoon was expected, we weighed anchor and were off to the welcoming shelter of Fresh Creek. With the fishing lines out, we soon heard the “t-zing” and ran to the back to watch Dick reel in a toothy Barracuda. This was definitely not a “keeper”. Later both lines hummed with fish on them. Dick lost his but Dan reeled in a lovely Skip Jack Tuna. We made yummy Hawaiian poke with part of it and saved the rest for our dinner meal.
|PULLING UP ANCHOR IN THE PRISTINE WATERS|
|TOOTHY SMILE FROM THE BARRACUDA|
We arrived at Fresh Creek at the necessary high slack tide and just as the wind began to show its presence. Dan expertly maneuvered through the narrow channel, past the colorful houses and approached the Lighthouse Marina. We arrived to find Sissy and Richard, her cousin, welcoming us with waves and shouts of recognition. They came aboard for a visit and super lunch prepared by Dick. It seems that they bagged their fishing trip due to the winds, thus we definitely caught more fish than they did. It was a fun afternoon and theyoffered up much useful information about this sleepy island.
|COLORFUL HOMES LINE THE CHANNEL|
|SISSY AND RICHARD WELCOMING THE QUEST|
After Sissy and Richard headed back to the house at Nicholl’s Town, the four of us set out to find the local Androsa hand-screened batik shop and factory. I am proud to report that we not only found the shop but left a bit of our cash there to help support the Andros economy. This little lad was just home from school and still in his uniform, ready to amuse us with his charming smile.
|THE DAPPER LITTLE CHARMER|