Guest Blog: Stephanie and Todd

Met up with Kent, Heather, and Penny on Heartbeat at Treasure Cay to begin our exploration of the Out Islands. First stop was Tahiti Beach at the southern end of Elbow Cay. Anchoring there provided plenty of opportunities for walking sandy beaches, drinking Rum Barge rum drinks, and learning to Stand Up Paddle board.  

SUPing before a visit to the beach and the rum barge.

Rocking out to the sounds of disco, we were off to Fowl Cays National Park for epic snorkeling and more swimming. Snorkeling right form the dinghy was an awesome experience, especially in the calmest and clearest water we have ever snorkeled. Anchored the night at Guana Cay, had lunch at Nippers and partied to the sounds of Grabber’s Beach Party with a huge bonfire we could see from the boat.

Snorkeling in clear calm waters with this little guy or girl.

Lunch at Nippers after playing on the long white sandy beach.

After a few more days of beach fun at Guana and Treasure Cays, we woke up to storms. We were supposed to leave, but the weather had other plans. Flights were cancelled, so we were gifted with two additional days. What do boaters do on stormy days? Wait them out drinking dark and stormys, making homemade pizza with Mike & Mary (Forever Friday), and playing numerous games. Thanks Mike and Mary for the hospitality, we are happy to be part of team Forever Friday.

Walking Coco beach at Treasure Cay before the storm rolled in.

Calm seas prevailed for our bonus days so we headed over to Hope Town and met up with Bob, Megan, Marin, and Leonard (Hemisphere) as well as Dave, Carol, and Charlie the dog (Moxy) for a delightful evening.
View from the Hopetown lighthouse.
Thanks to everyone we met for making our week so enjoyable. Kent and Heather, thanks so much for being gracious hosts, awesome people, and inspiring adventure by showing what’s possible when you take chances and live life to the fullest.

Wildlife spotted: Dolphins, turtles, sting rays, spotted eagle rays, lots of fish including Remora sucker fish, and Randy (see video).

Randy the local manatee hung out with us for quite awhile.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain