Short, Short Trailer, Long, Long Trip: Calaveras Big Trees State Park 2016_10_07

 

We are blessed to re-visit the awesome Calaveras Big Tree State Park, in California. We spent a couple of days here, many years ago, on our way to Yosemite National Park. This time, it was even more relaxing, and with the motorcycle, we were able to explore CA 4, which was an exciting ride.

We ran, full speed, from the cold in Carson City, Nevada, and didn’t look back! I hope we can go back again someday, but with a warmer rig or warmer weather! We were advised not to take Ebbetts Pass (CA 4) to Calaveras with our van and trailer rig, so we set the GPS for Placerville, CA and headed in from there.

This proved to be a nice drive, a semi-freeway, mingled with two and four lane roads.

We went through Lake Tahoe, never spotting a welcome to California sign!

Welcome to California!

Lake Tahoe, CA

Interesting bridges along the route

We arrived at Calaveras and set up camp. TWICE! Between picking a site and then paying, we did not realizing the first site was reserved…oh well, we ended up with a great site all the same.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA. Still jacket and hat weather, but no signs of snow!

Motorcycle Ride! We finally were able to get back on the bike, and took  a ride back towards Lake Tahoe, on the the road we didn’t want to tow the trailer on. It was perfect temps for a ride and this is absolutely a bucket list place for riding. The road does go down to almost one lane, for a good portion, and I have never been on a 24% grade road before! No smoking brakes for us!

CA 4 – Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway – Alpine State Highway (depending on which map you choose to look at)

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, California

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, California

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, California

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, California

We took a short lunch break and checked out this National Forest Campground.

Silver Creek Campground, on Noble Creek. Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, California

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway passes through Stanislaus National Forest and Humbolt Toiyabe National Forest

Yes, that white stuff is snow, but I didn’t see any mosquitoes!

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, California

We spent Saturday evening around the campfire of B.J. and Karen, from Santa Barbara, CA. They just returned from a trip to Alaska, and shared their experiences and tips with us. Another item to add to the bucket list! Other Saturday sights were this blue jay and the meadow near the camp sites.

Blue Jay, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

Meadow, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

Sunday, we walked the North Grove, which is an easy paved 1.7 mile loop, close to the Park entrance. Then we rode the motorcycle across the Park, which is about ten mile (one way,) and a fantastic ride to the end of the park. The great views and quiet road, led us to the South Grove trail.  This is a five mile loop hike to the Agassiz Tree, the largest Sequoia in the park, through a few other rather tall trees. As we came out at the end, there was a small gathering of people, watching us come up from the trail. It seems the rustling in the bushes was a bear! Unfortunately, we didn’t get a pic, but, we didn’t have an up-close encounter at the creek, either!

North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California

North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail. The five mile hike, which we did in the late afternoon, was not overly difficult.

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

Agassiz Tree. South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

Does this tree make me look short? Agassiz Tree, South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

Agassiz Tree. South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

Agazzi Tree. South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

A nice sunset view of the creek.

Big Tree Creek, South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

We had a great visit at Calaveras, you need to rest up PopPop…we are off to visit the grands tomorrow!

Resting before next week with the grands! South Grove Trail, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

Short, Short Trailer, Long, Long Trip: Get North 2016_09_14 to 2016_09_18

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We had one goal.

Get North.

Get there before the cold sets in, and our Florida blood wouldn’t want to be there!

We did nine states in five days. The places we passed through so quickly are wonderful, but will have to wait for better exploration on a future trip. Here’s a quick overview of our travels North.

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Spent one night at our place in Umatilla, to mow the grass, and stretch our legs.

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2016_09_15 Marianna, FL, Florida Caverns State Park.

Florida

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2016_09_16 Tupelo Mississippi, Tombigbee State Park

Alabama, Mississippi

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Don’t see this at home! City folk aren’t sure just what it does, but it looks like fun!

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We’re not in Florida any more Toto!

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I got flowers, aren’t they pretty!

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The Captain has grown up to be just like Captain Jack! Beer-thirty will never be the same!

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Nyah is the best navigator ever, always on watch to keep us on course.

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We saw this sign on our way out of town, we didn’t stop, but we loved this area and hope to come back and spend more time.

2016_09_17 Kansas City, MO, Casa Walmart #4553

Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri,

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Yes, there is an app for that and we use it on long travel days. We pick a place a gazillion miles up the road, search for a Walmart that allows over-night parking on the app. Read the reviews. Pull into the parking lot very late…argue a bit about the best place to park…because by now we are very tired…lighted area…not next to that car or trailer (they look dangerous.) And once the spot is picked, move the dog’s bed and lock ourselves in the trailer and go to sleep. I must stress this is a 24 hour parking lot, not a camp ground, so there is usually a bit of movement and commotion around and about, not for the faint of heart! But it’s a working relationship because we can get ice and any forgetten groceries and be on our way early in the morning without having to pack up.

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2016_09_18 Canistota, South Dakota, Vermillion State Park.

Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota

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Here are a few other pics along the way.

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Sorry for the bug splat, but the open road is awesome here!

We made it! Next stop, Badlands National Park. Thanks for following along with us, we can’t wait to show you how beautiful South Dakota is. And as always, we hope you are inspired to plan your get-away.

Short, Short Trailer, Long, Long Trip: Our next Adventure

imageWe have tied No Ka Oi up to the dock and stepped back onto dirt for a few months.

The Captain had the cogs in motion for a new adventure, even before we coiled the dock lines and unpacked the fridge.

We needed a road trip.

It should include the motorcycle.

It should be low budget, cause that’s how we roll.

Camping. Adventure. Two crazy people willing to try just about anything once. That’s us!

We plan to visit friends and family, as we make our way from Florida to California, pulling our new trailer/toy hauler/mini camper. We plan to make as many stops as we can squeeze in, while we take our retirement adventure to new places.

But, first we had to get our short, short camper.

We went trailer shopping. After looking at a bunch, we decided on one from Indian River Trailers, in South Vero Beach. The quality of their trailers became obvious compared to the others we looked at, and they aren’t shipped in from another state, but made right on site. Our baby was in the bay getting her final touches, and we picked her up the next afternoon. In addition to quality, our goal was to get the smallest trailer which could carry the motorcycle and also give us a bit of camping space.

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Repurposing everything we could from our formidable collection of stuff, because that’s how you keep the budget low, we spent several weeks getting her ready to roll.

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Welcome to the Short, Short Trailer goes on a Long, Long Trip.

Incase you have never seen Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in a Long, Long Trailer, this is the clip that describes us best.

Lacey has nothing on us when it comes to rock collecting, here’s a sample from our last trip to North Carolina, and this doesn’t include the ones we used to build a waterfall in our atrium. Our jeep was “weighted down,” to say the least. We aren’t about to do that on this trip! I hope!!!

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We were weighted down with necessities, so the Captain added new shocks to our van, then we had to test the load. We made a weekend trip to the Keys, to catch up with friends. We had a great afternoon visit with Captain Jack, Cheryl, and Eureka at our campsite at Long Key State Park. Steve, Cyndi, and Molly came to hang out too and took us to Key West for a little more fun.

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On our way back home, we had a little fun on the Pilar, practicing our Hemingway impressions. Captain, you’ll need to work on the beard I think.

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Of course, the original Pilar is actually in Havana, Cuba. This is a remodeled sister vessel, sitting inside the show room of the Bass Pro Shop in Islandmorada, but it was interesting nonetheless. Here’s a little article about Pilar’s present state of condition by Captain Bill Pike, if you didn’t know. http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/bboats/hemingway%E2%80%99s-pilar

Back home we did a little more tweaking and final packing before we were off. Just in time to meet hurricane Hermine at the Florida/Georgia border. Fortunately, we only hit one band and managed to skate past the rest, before rain deluged the area.

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We arrived in Blairsville, Georgia after midnight and the first night out on our adventure was spent sleeping in a Walmart parking lot! And YES, there’s an app for that! It lists the Walmarts that allow overnight parking or not (ONP Walmart.) I called the store manager ahead of time to verify the ability to stay, and since we only needed a place to sleep and had places to go early the next morning, it was the perfect “free” campsite. Thanks Walmart, we appreciate it.

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Friday was a busy day, we met John and Janet at a local flea market and then went to breakfast. They showed us their property, which is for sale, and their cozy cabin. They have a nice relaxing place. We are really liking Blairsville.

Smokin Jim’s Que, was what’s for lunch. We were so excited to to eat at our favorite place with the added bonus of sharing the time with former sailboat people. We forgave them for becoming land lubbers and had a great visit with Gary and Debbie. Their home under construction, in Hiawassee, is going to be so beautiful and Debbie has filled the foundations with scriptures, so it will be a blessing too. Glad they picked such a wonderful spot to plant themselves.

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Gary and Debbie also found us our second night’s camp ground, also a freebie, thanks to TVA. Lake Chatuge was a relaxing little roadside camp for the night.

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Late Saturday morning we made our way back to Blairsville, just in time for a Cuban lunch at Dan’s, with Rick and Jennifer. I know it’s a bit far from Miami, but this is gooooood food! Then we headed up to their cabin to unload the motorcycle and for Dave to arrive, at Rick and Jennifer’s cabin. We were ready for a week of riding and fun in the mountains.

You know there was more Smokin Jim’s in store!

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And a ride to Cherokee and the Blue Ridge Parkway, with Rick and Jennifer, Dave  and we met Don Curley, who led the way.

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Back at the cabin, the boys had a little bee problem that needed attention. This looks an awful lot like a Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn moment to me.

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The week was just getting rolling when the call from home came and Miss Nyah was not feeling very well. We had to go home and figure out what was up with our baby.

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This was a little glitch in our plan, but after vet visits and diagnosis, we decided to take her with us. Her diagnosis is most likely lymphoma, and her prognosis is unclear, but for now she is enjoying our trip and loving life, as only and Rhodesian Ridgeback can do. We are pretty sure, she just wanted to come along for the Short, Short Trailer adventure.

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Stay tuned…the adventure is under way…and it’s interfering with my ability to get blogs posted, so be patient! Thanks for following us.

‘Hamas: No Name 2016_07_08

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We left Manjack because we were about to sink the boat with dirty laundry. Some people air their dirty laundry, but not us…May I proudly present our clean laundry. One months worth. Done, folded and put away!

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Laundry day on No Ka Oi

As long as we were in Green Turtle to do a little (hmm) laundry, we found a nice cool place to get some wifi, make a few calls, pay bills and update the blogs. The Mountain Dew with ice was a bonus!IMG_2102
After a few hours, we made our way on over to No Name. The winds were gentle so we stayed a few days to do a bit of snorkeling, diving, fishing and conching. We were quite successful all around. Here the Captain caught lunch and then some.

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Gray grunts for lunch.

With our dive tank and hoses, we can stay down longer to get close ups and practice our Go-Pro skills.

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Working on our Go-Pro skills.

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An early morning kayak paddle in the small bay inside No Name.

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On our second day out, we decided on some conching. The Captain is great at finding them.

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And I’m not too bad at cooking them.

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Not sure where we are headed from here, thanks for following along, I’m sure the next place will be just as beautiful.

‘Hamas: Sandy Cay and Tilloo Cay 2016_06_25

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If this isn’t the face of a man enjoying retirement, I want my money back.

We had to leave Lynyard Cay before we wouldn’t. I’m pretty sure we could’ve stayed until stuff grew us to the bottom. But this isn’t a stay retirement, so move along we did.

First Stop, Sandy Cay. This is only a day stop, and in this case a couple of hours. We had plans of anchoring off Pelicans Cay for the night, but the rollers coming in between there and Lynyard made it impossible. We went around and anchored behind Sandy Cay in Pelican Harbour, loaded our snorkels and the Go-Pro into the Whaler and headed over to a mooring ball to take a look. Wow! We will definitely go back again, this was in unsettled weather, I can’t even imagine how beautiful it would be in calm seas.

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Sandy Cay.

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Sandy Cay.

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Sandy Cay.

After a few hours we were on our way to Tilloo Cay. The Captain took a heading out of Pelican Harbour to the west of Gaulding Cay and Channel Cay, this avoided the big rollers and made for a pleasant run over to Tilloo. The crew thanks you Captain.

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Setting the course.

You know you are getting closer to the Hub of the Abacos when the pretty water is covered in boats. This was a nice anchorage, and would have been the perfect anchorage if we were the only one in sight. After anchoring just outside the Tilloo Bank and South of Tilloo Pond, we took advantage of a beautiful afternoon and pumped up the floats and cooled off in the beautiful green water.

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Heading into Tilloo Cay, just South of Tilloo Pond.

The next day we headed out for a bit of dingy exploring. We went north. up Tilloo to Tavern Cay. Tilloo Pond was a bust, our attempt to go on land was met with a battalion of mosquitos! We couldn’t get out of there fast enough. There were several interesting homes along the way, with extraordinary private harbours hewn out of the rock. There wasn’t much water close to shore once we went through the cut between Tavern Cay and Tilloo Cay, but there was an airplane hanger, must be enough water for one of those. The South end of Elbow Cay and Tilloo Cut were pretty on the other side.

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Heading North to Tavern Cay, along the West shore of Tilloo.

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Tavern Cay on the left, Tilloo on the right.

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Inside the area between Tavern Cay and Tilloo Cay, Tilloo Cut to the right.

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Airplane hangers, Tilloo Taxi, interesting houses, exploring Tilloo Cay.

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Your own personal hurricane hole. We can’t believe this is dug out like this, wow!

On Monday, pulled the anchors and went across to explore the waters behind Deep Sea Cay, along with Jack and Cheryl. There is a kayaking/dingy tour we found in the Cruising Guide to the Abacos to check out. It turned out to be a bit too windy for the kayaks, so we used the dinghy. We entered the area through the channel that runs between Snake Cay and Deep Sea Cay. We found plenty of already harvested conchs and some interesting derelict vessels, along with one water front home, but no fish or conch inside the area. We exited on the North side of John Doctor Cay and South of Mocking Bird Cay. After our tour, we booked it back over to Tilloo Cay, ahead of an afternoon thunderstorm.

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Waters behind Deep Sea Cay.

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In the ‘Hamas, things stay until they are no more.

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This may be the Robert Fulton, but we can’t verify this.

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The Captain thinks he need to make a refurbishment plan. I haven’t been able to get the planner out of him yet…but I’m trying.

Another morning of exploring the South end of Tilloo Cay. We made another attempt at a land excursion, but the brush was too thick once we go to the top and there was no place to go, even if we had had a machete. We went back and explored with the dinghy. This area was loaded with rays and Cheryl even found a Horse Conch.

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Exploring fail, trail goes to the top and that’s it.

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Exploring Tilloo Cay. A former restaurant or hotel. Cheryl with a horse conch.

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Rays at Tilloo Cay.

From time to time I have to keep the Captain in check. I know, you find that very difficult to believe. He wants a new boat and he thinks his ship has come in. It is pulling multiple dinghies, and I do agree it has a beautiful bow sprit, but…NO. No. No.

First rule of cruising…No boat envy allowed.

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No boat envy, Captain.

Have a great weekend and thanks for following along with us.

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Sunset Tilloo Cay

‘Hamas: North Lynyard Cay 2016_06_20

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Bright and early on Monday morning, we let go of the mooring ball in Little Harbor. Our original plan, when we came this far south, was to head to Eleuthra from Little Harbor. Alas, the weather was not cooperating with our plan, so we just changed our plan. WOW, we can actually do that now!!! Give it up for retirement!

We headed back over to Lynyard Cay, only this time we went to the northern end of the cay. We still wanted to go to the blue holes again and we also wanted to check out Sandy Cay and Wilson City.

Leaving Little Harbor was a bit messy. We were tossing things around the boat and poor Pepe Le Pew tossed his breakfast and then hid under the foot stool.

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Leaving Little Harbor, poor Pepe Le Pew.

Our first expedition was to the ruins of Wilson City. Jack, Cheryl, the Captain and I headed over to Spencer’s Bight to have a look. This was an old saw mill town from 1906 to 1916 and was one of only a few lumber sites in the Bahamas. The foundations and walls were crazy thick and there were remains of metal that hadn’t completely rusted away yet. The building materials were mixed and varied, from marl to bricks made in the USA. Railroad tracks ran out into the bight, and plenty of places for huge barges to tie off. But, details are eluding us at this point. I have found several sources, one for a book and another for a historical paper on the subject, but my internet searches are reaping nothing. So here are the pics. If you know anything, we’d love for you to pass it along to us, otherwise, I’ll update this with good info when I get some!

 

 

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Ruins of Wilson City

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This looks like an engine bed, but it could be King Tut.

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I need a selfie stick…I’m 30 feet high and can’t get the shot to prove it!

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Exploring with Jack and Cheryl. Cool bricks and old mooring tie-offs. Captain found Cinderella slippers…well a matching pair of flip-flops. Camp at the end of the road in Spencer’s Bite.

The next day, we decided to try snorkeling the reef at Sandy Cay. However, the sea rolling in was too much for us to get in and out of the Whaler, so we headed back to Spencer’s Bight and snorkeled there instead. The Captain found a lobster and star fish to take Go-Pro pics. Now you too can see what a momma lobster looks like…maybe we will come visit her again on August 6th.

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Nice lobster hole! The orange colored area on the tail are her eggs. Have lots of babies momma!

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Photo shoot and return to hole so she can lay her eggs.

We had another beautiful day to go on a dinghy caravan back to the blue holes with Jack and Cheryl and Ted and Darcey from s/v Dragonfly. Unfortunately, the water wasn’t as clear as the first time we checked them out, but we were able to check out three new holes in addition to the ones we had seen before. We have reasons to return, there are unexplored holes.

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Dingy caravan to Blue Holes in the Bight of Old Robinson.

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All the green is terribly deceiving, they really do look blue from above! Anemone, jelly fish, lobsters and me!

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Jack “Cousteau” tickles them out and the Captain films the action. It’s what you do when it’s not lobster season!

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This is the place to watch sea turtles.

I have updated this blue hole map with green circles around the holes we were able to get to and the path we took to get back where they are located…cause we be old…we will need it for the next visit!

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Ready, set, dig! Nyah’s friend Eureka still has her dig on, it just takes a little more planning these days.

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Eureka, she may be an old lady, but she still has spunk!

Some views around the North side of Lynyard cay. It’s quite rocky at this end, well so is the other end, but this side has a higher elevation. Someone started development, there are roughly hewn roads crisscrossing the northern end, a couple of rusting con-ex boxes and tons of survey markers. Of course we walked as far as we could on every road.

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North Lynyard Cay.

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For the life of us we can’t figure out what you would hunt here besides sea glass.

We couldn’t get to this abandoned house from any of the roads, so we went back in the dingy later to check it out. It’s quite a Fixer*Upper. I wonder if they want to finance an episode filmed on location in the ‘Hamas with me?

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Needs some love!

This house, on the other hand, in for sale. 300K will get you on island time. Maybe this one could be episode #2. This house sits on top of a full cistern and has Sea of Abaco to Atlantic Ocean views and deep water access. Have you ever seen Fixer*Upper repair a dock?

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It has potential!

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Sea of Abaco to Atlantic Ocean, and the best sea glass.

The back yard is worth the price tag, after you get the trail to the beach cleared up. And, it’s just a short jaunt to the south to get to the sandy part, over-flowing with sea glass.

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Nice back yard.

One more view from higher ground. No Ka Oi and Zig Zag making lazy ‘Hamas days portable and the best.

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Sweet way to travel.

This is Charlie’s place. There are no buildings, but he does have a couch. And, he does come over from Little Harbor a few days a week to camp out here…weather permitting. Thanks for sharing your comfy spot, Charlie. However, if you get too comfy, your butt might break through the chair! Great Jennifer, just great!

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What do you mean no more s’mores for me?

Once you fall through the chair in the ‘Hamas, you don’t hop on over to Wally’s to get another. So you end up with a work day. Sewing for me. And since I’m busy, the Captain decided his finger was good enough to go up the mast and change out the VHF antenna.

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Have sewing machine, will travel.

And the verdict is in…the Captain has fixed our VHF problem, we can hear all the way to Hope Town and points beyond. YEAH!!!

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At least you had some breeze up there, Captain.

The Captain also did a bit of photography from the high up spot.

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Zig Zag from our mast.

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If you’re a doctor in Marsh Harbor, this is your get-away space.

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In other news, we eat well on No Ka Oi. Bananas finally ripened up and some days it’s a working lunch to get the blogging complete.

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Finally ripe to eat.

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Working lunch.

Lynyard Cay is one of our new favorites. It is a close location to diving, conking, fishing and exploring, with a little relaxing to boot, what more could you ask for?

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Almost sunset at North Lynyard Cay.

Thanks for following along with us!

‘Hamas: Little Harbor 2016_06_15

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Little Harbor June 2016

We scooted over to Little Harbor from South Lynyard Cay. We circled around the Bite of Old Robinson, but ended up anchoring off of the beach just outside of the harbor entrance. After an afternoon of the rollers rocking us sideways, we decided to go back to the bite, where we anchored up for the night. We moved into Little Harbor, picking up a mooring ball, early on Thursday morning. We paid up for four days, because the winds and weather were not favorable for being outside until Monday. We had lots to squeeze into four days and pack it in we did!

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Weather! Beach outside entrance to Little Harbor

First up, a visit to the Gallery. This is part gallery and part museum. One area is devoted to the history of Randolph Johnston, his family, and his art. His wife Margot was also an artist, working with ceramics. In 1950 they left the New England area and “The Rat Race,” to move to the Bahamas, with their three sons. They sailed for two years and found Little Harbor, where they lived in a thatch hut, and used the caves for a studio and storage, while building their home, a foundry and a simpler life. The sons helped with the foundry and eventually, Pete took over the foundry and added his artistic abilities. Pete now works on his artistic endeavors and his son Greg and daughter-in-law (who we saw everyday with the newest grand-baby of three weeks) along with a former student of his father, run the foundry, gallery, and Pete’s Pub.

Unfortunately, the foundry does not do tours any more, we were told by the gallery keeper that someone had taken pictures and posted them on the internet of a commissioned piece which wasn’t finished and should not have been made public. Spoiler! We did have a foundry tour many years ago, it was quite interesting, but hope they will begin doing them again.

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Johnston Galleries, the art of lost wax castings

The house out on the dock was being built the last time we were here in 2013 and is Pete’s place. It looks finished, although we heard that Pete doesn’t actually sleep there. But, it is a cool studio out on the water, with nice views and breezes. It’s marked private, and we don’t know anyone important, so we settled for being paparazzi and snapping shots. And, if you look through the door in the second pic, Pete is sitting on the back porch working on a carving.

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Along the dock in Little Harbor.

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Pete’s dock house in Little Harbor (look close, Pete is doing a carving on the back porch)

From the docks we headed up to the light keepers house. It is in a state of deterioration and ruin, but the exterior walls still stand. We were told that discussions are going on with the government for restorations to be made. I would like to see it redone.

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Little Harbor Light house, outdoor kitchen. center pic shows the cistern and to the back is the “oven”

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Checking out the Lighthouse with Cheryl and the Captain. Hurricane Floyd took the roof off, interior wall is down and stucco is falling off in chunks.

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Views of the Lighthouse building (top) from harbor entrance, (bottom) from beach behind Pete’s Pub.

The next day, we went snorkeling outside of the harbor entrance, in front of the house on the beach. This was a great snorkel, and we would definitely recommend it if conditions permit. The Captain busted out the Go-Pro for some underwater shots and he got some nice ones.

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Reef outside Little Harbor entrance, just off the beach

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Reef outside Little Harbor entrance, just off the beach

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Reef outside Little Harbor entrance, just off the beach

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Reef outside Little Harbor entrance, just off the beach

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Reef outside Little Harbor entrance, just off the beach

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Reef outside Little Harbor entrance, just off the beach

If you come to Little Harbor, keep in mind it’s small. But, there is one place to eat and drink. Or is it drink and eat? Some might even think it’s the only reason to come to Little Harbor. Pete’s Pub is quite a landmark and destination for those on boats or land. It is located about 20 miles from Marsh Harbor and many people rent cars or take taxis to come and experience it. We had a great time with Jack and Cheryl and had fish dip one night served with tortilla chips and a cheeseburger another night, served with coleslaw and rice. It would have been perfect with French fries, but its rice in the ‘Hamas.

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Pete’s Pub, hanging out with Jack and Cheryl

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Speed bumps take on a new meaning here at Pete’s Pub. Bring a T-shirt to sign and staple to the ceiling.

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Views of the harbor from the upper deck at Pete’s Pub. They have a lot of solar here.

One morning while I sat outside on the deck of Pete’s Pub, this West Indian Woodpecker, stopped by to wish me a good morning. His first attempt at hammering the buoy was a fail, so he hopped up on the railing to look for bugs. I saw a couple of palm trees that looked like the trunk was crocheted, from these guys.

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West Indian woodpecker, still common on Abaco they are gone on Grand Bahama

The west wall of the harbor is full of caves. I would love one of the houses up on top, but I don’t play the lottery, so I doubt that will ever happen. But, we can explore the caves below. There are three we know of and we started at the one directly under a house (that is for sale!) How about this spiral staircase to come home from a long day of fishing?

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Spiral staircase looking up, leads to a residence above. I’d have to move the bats!

The next cave is in the middle going towards the harbor and is the one with a huge opening. It is much larger inside than it appears. This one was more open than the others and was a fun stop for a few pics.

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The largest of the caves we climbed around, remember, those rocks fell from above…

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Cave people. I wonder where Fred and Wilma are?

The last cave is down in the corner, to the left of the dock with a bungalow on top and a bunch of private signs everywhere. Just on their property, and dock, there wasn’t any in front of this cave. Notice the 2×4’s going from one set of rocks to another, that’s the ramp and is somewhat of an elevation change to get up to the upper level and really get a view of the bats and stalactites and stalagmites. Exploring was fun, except for the smell!

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(top left) the boards leading to the upper level.

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Cave exploring, bats above, stalactites above and holes to below. The Captain about to cross the board walk.

Here are some shots of the cliffs, caves and rocks as you go out of the harbor. I’m beginning to see why they risked it all to move here, it is very beautiful.

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Caves and rocks along the West wall of Little Harbor

Finally, we took a walk along the road leading to entrance of the harbor, up there where all the beautiful houses are. Several houses are for sale, along with vacant property. We enjoyed checking them out. The gardens and views are spectacular.

 

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View of the harbor from a lot for sale on the West side of the harbor,

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Beautiful gardens and flowers. I need a flower book, but air plants, bougainvillea and bottom right is an orchid and they seemed to grow wild all around.

Sunset from the beach behind Pete’s Pub. We enjoyed our stay in Little Harbor.

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We have decided for the time being, not to head down to Eleuthera and the Exumas, due to these crazy weather patterns we are having. We will be heading back through the Abbacos to hit the spots we missed and get a little more time at our favorite spots. We are heading to the North side of Lynyard Cay next. Thanks for following along with us.