Another day in paradise: The sun is shining. Clear skies reflect pristine turquoise water. Tropical plants flutter in the breeze. And our little Bosco is lightly swaying in the empty harbor. Sounds about perfect, right?
Unfortunately, Jake and I were way too exhausted to see it this way. This perfect day had a huge cloud hanging over it. Another sleepless night. That’s two in a row. Last night was worse with the loud blaring music through 2AM and then the roosters started up way before sunrise.
It was a struggle to get motivated for the day. Both of us were extra grouchy and exhausted. But, we couldn’t deny our desire to move. Plus, the weather was shifting and our calm anchorage would no longer serve us. So it was time to hit the waters.
Today we move another 25 miles north to Gaulding Cay, specifically to a place known as The Glass Window Bridge. Conditions seemed lovely as we pulled anchor under sail. There was good, steady wind for the bulk of our travels. Our little auto helm could manage these conditions just fine, which made our lives much easier!
Neither Jake or myself were in very good spirits today. Thankfully it was uneventful until about midway through the passage, we were visited by about 10 dolphins. They played alongside Bosco for quite some time. Well that kicked our bad mood instantly and brought a much-needed recharge to the emotional bank account.
Here’s a little video:
We arrived at our anchorage, south of the bridge. The area was beautiful but way too exposed to the swell for our liking. We opted to drop the hook and waste no time jumping in the dinghy towards our destination.
There was a small little plot of shore where we beached the dinghy. There was some bushwhacking to get to the main road, but it felt SO GOOD to be on land. I only wish I brought some better hiking shoes. Flip flops weren’t the ideal choice.
It was hot out, now that the clouds have cleared. The bridge was maybe 3 city-blocks from the beach and we took our sweet time (mostly so I could take pictures).
So, what is the glass window? Its actually a natural bridge formation, or WAS a natural formation until a hurricane came and knocked it over. The glass window bridge is the narrowest place on earth. Now, its a man-made bridge where the power of the Atlantic Ocean meets the shallows of the Exuma Sound. At high tide, these waters often join forces, forming a brilliant spectrum of bright turquoise to deep ocean-blue.
We crossed over the man-made bridge to the area where you can, if you dare, hike down to the bottom. There, you can see the natural limestone bridge pools (queen baths). I forgot how sharp limestone is. I fell a few times, bleeding here and there. But such is the life of an outdoors-woman. It was so refreshing to connect to the earth (and rocks) again. Made me really miss rock climbing.
The hike back took us on a bit of a detour. We didn’t venture far, but enjoyed some more beautiful rocky vistas overlooking the ocean. We also spotted a super cute Osprey hanging out by the water. It turned into a lovely day for us to enjoy.
We got back to Bosco a little after 3PM. The boat was bobbing all around so we pulled anchor and moved down to Gaulding Cay, a mile south. We stopped right in front of a lone house on a rocky hill. Such a perfect-looking place. And it was a bit better here, though still rolling. This is a PERFECT opportunity to use the swell bridle. Afterwards, things were much less bumpy down below.
With all of our fun-filled distractions, we completely spaced on food. So Jake whipped up a simple dinner while I tried to gather some weather information (we actually had a BTC signal here). Looks like 2 days of so-so weather, but good wind for sailing. Day 3 would bring a front and some heavy-heavy stormage (or so they say). So that gives us just a couple days to figure out the next move.
We were debating at this point whether we should hang tight in Eleuthera or make the 100 mile treck north to Abaco before we need to re-up our immigration stuff. I was so eager for Abaco’s supposed amazing snorkeling, so that was my vote. Jake wanted to stop someplace to rest for a few days and recover, but also felt that going north was a better option in the long run. So that was that. We are going north to Abaco. And we have a small window to work with.