Sailing Around The World

Exuma Park Adventure

The Sunset at anchor during dinner at Exuma

The Sunset at anchor during dinner at Exuma

Me at the helm on our way to the Exuma Park

Me at the helm on our way to the Exuma Park

Dragonsbane anchored in the lagoon "the boat in blue" with a squall in the background

Dragonsbane anchored in the lagoon “the boat in blue” with a squall in the background

The island was crawling with these lizards and they range in length from 3 to 12 inches long.

The island was crawling with these lizards and they range in length from 3 to 12 inches long.

This a wreck of a old wood boat that was located beneath Dragonsbane and I was told a shark lived under it,  but I didn't see it.

This is a wreck of a old wood boat that was located beneath Dragonsbane and I was told a shark lived under it, but I didn’t see it.

I carved a peace of drift wood with our boat name and date for my birthday and left it on top of Boo-Boo Hill Exuma Park along with all the other cruisers that have passed by.

I carved a peace of drift wood with our boat name and date for my birthday and left it on top of Boo-Boo Hill Exuma Park along with all the other cruisers that have passed by.

At first I thought that this sightseeing would be a little boring and not very interesting at all. After a quick dinghy ride against a 2 or 3 knot current we tied up to the park dinghy dock and went out hiking the many trails on the island. As always I picked a location on the map and planned my attack to achieve my goal of making it to the top of Boo-Boo Hill in good time and little effort. As I hiked and studied the very uneven ground which was made up of ancient lava rock I found each step had to be calculated as the old stones shift quickly under your feet which caused me to worry about twisting my ankle or taking a spill. After working up a sweat I stopped and looked around and saw nothing but rocks, mud, water, and brush. I thought to myself that this was one boring place that reminded me of an old dust bowl town all washed up. But then after letting my eyes wonder around the ground it started to show signs of life and then one lizard and then another and then I could hear many different sounds of birds, waves pounding off in the distant rock cliffs sounding off like cannons. I looked out over the islands and you could see how the land formed out of the ocean. Needless to say I discovered that I need to stop and look at the boring to see the most amazing things come to life. Although I am not convinced that listening to boring people is very amazing yet, just saying!

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Jacques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 responses

  1. Carrie

    Great photos- loved seeing them! You learned an important lesson climbing that hill that you can use for life!

    December 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

  2. Maggie

    Glad you had an adventure-filled birthday…Great pictures!

    December 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

  3. Ann

    I love the updates – especially this one! Having fun following your daily adventures.

    December 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  4. paul & judy

    Great pics… we’re loving your adventure… Happy Birthday… P&J

    December 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  5. Happy Birthday Jacques. Really liked the photos, they add so much to your blog. I especially like your cap.

    December 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

  6. Pete Weingartner

    Didn’t realize it was your birthday…have a good one. Tell your mom and dad hello for us. It looks like you’re taking advantage of the clear Bahamian waters. Not sure what permits are needed, but shoul be good lobster and grouper haunts in the underwater lime rock crevaces around these small islands. Pete W.

    December 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  7. Bill

    Happy Birthday Buddy! Just read through your blog. Sorry we havn’t been on here sooner. Sounds like you are having quite a journey..keep up the blogging and safe travels.

    Love,
    The Webb’s

    December 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm