|...Atop Boo Boo Hill with the team...|
The birthday dinner aboard was baked chicken with cheese and artichoke hearts, walnut topped green beans and home made "Hayden bread." Then to top it off Radeen made her own invention of a Jerry Garcia Chocolate Cherry Cobbler because Hayden loves cherry and chocolate flavors. This was a great meal and a very fun night celebrating with friends while on anchor in paradise. We can not think of a better day! Loretta wrote an acrostic poem using the letters of my name.... what a great surprise! Thank you to Jim and Loretta and Jim and Cynthia for making my birthday so special.
Another reason Warderick Wells and the Exumas are so different is that there is very limited internet and there are zero TV channels, nothing. Imagine being in a location where there is no cell phone coverage unless you climb up Boo Boo Hill and hold your phone up in the air. You have no TV broadcasts, none, and cell towers do not reach here. I am blogging this via my cell which is in a power booster cradle connected to an outside 3G 4G antenna booster and I am still only getting 1/2 a bar of signal that comes and goes. I also am up at 4:30 am to use the cell tower when fewer people are on the tower. Still I can hardly connect, and that is very, very rare in this world.
One more aspect that is making this trip interesting and different is our watermaker. Since leaving Miami, we have made water every day. We run the unit as planned for about 1 to 1.5 hours a day and that makes 8 to 12 gallons. For the first time, we arerunning it on anchor at Warderick Wells totally off the wind machine. Imagine making drinking water from saltwater and wind power alone. Now THAT is a very cool thing to do! We are having 15-20 knots of wind and the battery bank is full at 13.3 volts this 4am. While making water, the bank never dropped below 12.8 volts.The MK450, Marine Kinetics wind turbine is fantastic!
From here we will sail south to Staniel Cay Yacht Club and get our "town" and "civilization" fix for a day or two and then we will sail back north to the park to Cambridge Cay where we will do some snorkeling and prepare for the arrival of the next cold front which will have WEST winds...maybe.
For now, please enjoy these photos of Warderick Wells and our time here....(click photos to enlarge)