|Simple Life on a screaming reach|
|Joe speeding through the mangroves in the dinghy.|
Our friends aboard Kismet recommended a stop at Shroud Cay in the Exuma Chain rather than our original plan for an overnight anchorage at nearby Norman's Cay. Shroud Cay offered a wonderful serpentine dinghy ride through black mangroves with varying water depths emptying into Exuma Sound. We along with Jim and Laurie from Kismet packed a picnic lunch for an arrival at the idyllic setting on a deserted beach overlooking the multi-colored
watercolor vista of Exuma Sound.
|Jim and Joe securing the dinghies before a walk on the beach|
This section of the Exuma Islands is remote. There is no Internet, TV, phone, water, stores, food or people other than cruisers. When cruising in this area one needs to be fully prepared with water and provisions. I was astonished at the lack of ambient noise pollution. The melodic song of a Bahamian mocking bird in the shoreline bush, a random fly buzzing by, lapping water against the hull, the hum of the wind generator, an occasional dinghy engine off in the distance and sounds of laughter carried over water from cruiser get togethers at sunset. When darkness descended over the anchorage stars filled the night sky. There was no light pollution in this outback and from Simple Life's bow we marveled at nature's night time spectacle. The Bahamas is truly a cruisers' paradise. One that we are fortunate enough to enjoy and one of the most pristine places on the planet.