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04 August 2017

Close Call At Cambridge Cay | Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, Bahamas

We don't have an underwater camera, so this is the only picture we have from our time at the Cambridge Cay area of the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park.

 

Yep, that's a seaplane taking off right next to our boat.

And by right next to our boat, I mean scary close.

And by scary close, I mean, holy heck, isn't the pilot afraid he's going to crash into something?

And by something, I mean our boat!

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Okay, that was probably a bit dramatic. But I figure the drama might help distract me from the fact that we don't have any pictures of our adventures snorkeling at Cambridge Cay. If we had, I'd show you shots of all of the brightly colored fish we saw at the Sea Aquarium reef.

And I'd show you pictures of the plane crash we snorkeled over. It was pretty cool. That is until Scott noticed there was a shark swimming nearby. If we had had an underwater camera, he'd probably have taken a picture of the shark. I was making my way back to our dinghy at too much of a rapid pace to care about documenting our latest shark encounter.

But the best pictures I'd show you would be of the Rocky Dundas sea caves. You have to snorkel under a ledge and then you pop up into these incredible caves with eerie looking stalactite and stalagmite formations. Don't ask me to tell you the difference between the two. I can never remember. All I know is that they're cool.

{Sigh} We really need to get an underwater camera.

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Cruising Log | Tuesday, 6 June 2017 - Thursday, 8 June 2017
 
6 JUNE
Moved over to Pasture Cay. Went snorkeling at the Sea Aquarium. Super choppy, but that doesn't seem to bother the fish for some reason. Nautical Miles = 1. Engine = 35 minutes. Spending = Nil

7 JUNE
Finally used the butternut squash we've been carrying around for months. Still good and even better in soup! Snorkeled the plane wreck and made another visit to the Sea Aquarium. Nautical Miles = Nil. Engine = Nil. Spending = Nil.

8 JUNE
Anchor up at 8:30 AM. Anchor down around the corner at 9:30 AM at the north side of Bell Cay. Checked out the anchorage at Cambridge Cay first, but too choppy. Super long and choppy dinghy ride to Dundas Rock sea caves, but totally worth it. It's times like this that you hope your outboard engine doesn't decide to quit on you. Nautical Miles = 4. Engine = 1 hour 15 mins. Spending = Nil


Do you have a camera? What do you like to take photos of? Have you ever seen a seaplane take off? Ever ridden on one?

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21 comments:

  1. Yes you do! That would've been cool. But it will always be in your mind's eye.

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    1. Sadly, I have the worst memory so some actual photos would be nice to remind me of the experiences we've had.

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  2. Definitely needs to go on your wish list! I have never been on a seaplane and have no desire to put that on my wish list lol.

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  3. I have never ridden a seaplane and I have never seen a seaplane take off. But I would like to experience this adventure.
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. I think it would be fun to ride in a seaplane sometime.

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  4. Sounds like great fun, although that must have been one scary moment with the place nearby. An underwater camera would be really great. Greetings!

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    1. It was crazy to see how close the plane came to us. But I guess the pilot has done this hundreds of times.

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  5. We see sea planes around our marina all the time. Also on the Sacramento river. A common sight and for those out on a boat it can be kind of scary because they can get too close.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I suppose you get used to it after a while.

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  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I have definitely seen sea planes taking off and landing. I have never ridden in one but I would like to someday.
    Hope you have lots of fun on your continuing adventures!

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    1. We've had lots of fun and adventures. We're truly lucky to have this opportunity to travel.

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  7. Yes: camera, yes seaplane taking off right next to boat, yes ridden in one. We call them float planes, and here, they are everywhere. Alaska has 1.313 private pilots per 100 people, the next closest state to us is Montana, which has .407 per hundred people. The deHavilland Beaver which was manufactured between 1947, and 1967 is still the much sought after, and highly desired choice for bush planes, or float planes. (Trivia for the day) ;-)

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    1. Very interesting! I guess if you want to be a pilot, Alaska would be a great place to be one in.

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  8. Yes, I've been in a sea plane, or float plane as described in the last comment - it was in Alaska. It was fine for a short distance! We also see them taking off on the Clyde and landing on Loch Lomond which I think would be an interesting trip to take.

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    1. I didn't realize they were also called float planes. Taking one from the Clyde to Loch Lomond would be amazing.

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  9. I almost got swept away by the current the last time we snorkeled at the aquarium! The coral gardens at Cambridge Cay are really beautiful too. That's where you can see elkhorn coral. FWIW, I have a Canon D10 that works great. I think they have newer models.

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    1. We went there twice and one of the times we went the current was really strong. I didn't stay in long. Thanks for the tip on the camera - we'll check it out.

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  10. I bet it would be cool seeing a seaplane take off, but yeah, looks a bit close for comfort! BTW, here's how to tell: a stalactite has to hold on tight, a stalagmite might reach the ceiling. ;)

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    1. That's fabulous! Now I'll always be able to tell the difference :-)

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  11. We loved Cambridge Cay - and the Rocky Dundas was one of our very favorite snorkeling spots - and that's saying a lot!

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