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18 September 2017

Going For A Walk With A Load Of Laundry | Spanish Wells, Bahamas

Note: Our blog lags reality by many, many weeks. So, while you're reading this post about our cruising adventures in the Bahamas, in reality we're back in Indiantown Marina for hurricane season working on dreary boat projects. Cruising in the Bahamas was far more fun. {Sigh}

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I have this great picture of Scott carrying a bag of laundry on his back through Spanish Wells in the Bahamas but he won't let me post it on the blog. Party pooper. So, you'll just have to use your imagination instead. Go on, you can do it. I bet you have a very creative imagination. What you imagine is probably better than the picture anyway. I'm not a great photographer.

Are we all set? Have your image of Scott lugging laundry on his back firmly in your mind? Okay, then let's carry on and tell you about our time in Spanish Wells.

We motored over to Spanish Wells from our protected anchorage at Royal Island intent on accomplishing five things:

1 - Get diesel;

2 - Get groceries;

3 - Get drinking water;

4 - Dump off trash; and

5 - Do laundry.

You could just feel the excitement in the air as we got in our dinghy and headed into town. Spanish Wells was going to be the answer to all of our first world cruising problems.


It was a dark and gloomy day, but that didn't get in the way of our enthusiasm. Look, cool fishing boats!


Look buildings on shore that surely had laundromats, well stocked grocery stores, abundant supplies of water and the like!


The first stop on our adventure - Pinder's supermarket. Yes, they have diesel! We tick that item off the list gleefully. We head into the store confident that this is our new nirvana - we'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to groceries.

Well, turns out we were spoiled for choice, but only if we wanted to choose between different Jello products. I never knew so many varieties of Jello products existed. I might of even have bought a box of Jello if I had water to make it with, but guess what....yep, no non-salty drinking water available at Pinder's or anywhere else on the island for that matter.


We left the store slightly disheartened, but determined to carry on and find a laundromat. The lady at Pinder's said that there might be one at a small store over the hill. So we dumped off our trash and carried on.


Even though the Bahamian election happened weeks ago, houses were still decked out in their preferred party's colors.


It was an interesting walk, although I imagine the sack of laundry Scott was carrying on his back was starting to get a bit annoying.

Okay, just in case you're wondering, yes, I did offer to carry it multiple times (remember his bad back?), but he said he was fine.


We found the store that might possibly have a laundromat at. It turned out to be a small corner market that had been recently reopened (I think it was the old CW grocery). It was run by a really nice woman who was deaf, but read lips. After a few attempts to explain what we were looking for and a lame attempt on my part to spell words out in ASL, she showed us to a shack outside of the store with an old washer and dryer. Unfortunately, they weren't operational. She did suggest we try the marina and see if we could use their machines.

So off we set, feeling a bit deflated, but determined to carry on and enjoy the adventure.

Then we ran across this really cool cemetery. I love cemeteries. This one had such colorful flowers.



Then  we poked down a side street to check out the beach. I don't think there's a bad beach to be had in the Bahamas. Just look at that water.


Remember how it was dark and gloomy? Well, then it started chucking down rain. Fortunately, we stumbled across Buddha's. They were getting ready to celebrate Bahamian Independence Day and the place was decked out in blue, yellow and black bunting.


If you're looking for a delicious and inexpensive cheeseburger, Buddha's is the place to go. Plus they have a giant, glittery gold Buddha head. Who doesn't like a giant, glittery gold Buddha head?


After the rain let up, we headed back down the hill in search of the marina. By the way, when I say "hill," I'm using the term loosely. The Bahamas are pretty flat. These aren't like San Francisco kind of hills.


Just around this bend is the marina. Hang in there Scott, we'll find a washing machine soon.


But wait, here's some really weird stuff to look at first.


Okay, here's a handy tip for you if you ever want to do laundry at the marina at Spanish Wells - don't say this:

"Hey, do you have a laundry machine I can use? You do? Cool. Is it only for folks who are staying at the marina?"

Guess what the answer is. Yep, it's something along the lines of:

"Get lost!"

Obviously, much more politely worded than that.

After that we kind of gave up on Spanish Wells. At least we accomplished two items on our list - trash and diesel. Who needs water, groceries and clean clothes, really?

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Cruising Log | Tuesday, 4 July 2017 - Friday, 7 July 2017

4 JULY
Anchor up at 8:20 AM at Rock Sound. Anchor down at 4:30 PM at Hatchett Bay. Very pleasant sail. Crazy entrance to Hatchett Bay - very narrow. Pretty much had the place to ourselves. Nautical Miles = 39. Engine = 2 hours 15 mins. Spending = Nil.

5 JULY
Anchor up at 6:30 AM. Anchor down at 2:00 PM at Royal Island. Motorsailed entire way. Lots and lots of flies. Very hot. Nautical Miles = 36. Engine = 7 hours 45 mins. Spending = Nil.

6 JULY
Lazed about. Scott went out for dinghy ride and disappointing snorkel (very murky water). Still very hot. I guess summer is here. Nautical Miles = Nil. Engine Hours = Nil. Spending = Nil.

7 JULY
Motored to Spanish Wells and anchored on south side of channel. Spotted some squalls so waited for a while on the boat. Still squally, so Ellen stayed on boat while Scott went into town to get diesel and water. After a while, we both went back into town and walked around. Nautical Miles = 10. Engine = 2 hours 45 mins. Spending = $56.90 ($43.30 - 10 gallons diesel, $2.15 - 2 cans of pop, $11 - snack at Buddha's & $9.45 - groceries).

Do you like Jello? What's your favorite flavor? Ever carried laundry around on your back for a few hours?

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30 comments:

  1. I guess if you were to get desperate, you could wash clothes in salty water, but it's probably not a good idea to dump soap in the ocean.

    Someone needs to build a laundry mat that sells food and bottled water. They'd make a fortune. Lost opportunity.

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    1. Many people do do laundry on their boats (using fresh water) but we don't carry enough fresh water to do that so we depend on laundromats. If / when we install a watermaker, we'll probably do our laundry onboard, but we'll choose what detergents we use carefully that are more nature-friendly. I suspect gray water from washing machines goes directly into the ocean in many places though.

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  2. Ugh on the experience. And poor Scott!

    The flowers in the cemetery really are big bursts of color.

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    1. The flowers were a nice bright spot on such a gloomy day.

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  3. Did you rub the giant, glittery Buddha head?
    Not very tourist friendly place, is it?

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    1. I didn't rub the Buddha head. Maybe I should have for good luck :-)

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  4. So, did the laundry get wet in the rain and then become a nasty, moldy, stinky mess? I really like the way you went to all the places we missed. We anchored at Meeks Patch but were too lazy to go into town. Also...how do markets award themselves the "super", especially when even "groceries" is too much to ask for?! So many questions....

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    1. We used one of our large dry bag backpacks to carry the laundry around so no stinky, moldy mess. That is a good question about who provides the "super" designation.

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  5. Well you didn't get very far did you. Lost of walking and you still have all your dirty clothes. Oh well, all in a day in paradise.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Paradise isn't all it's cracked up to be sometimes :-)

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  6. It's funny that you mentioned all the varieties for Jello. I recently noticed that, too.

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    1. Who knew Jello came in so many flavors - crazy.

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  7. The cemetery has blue roses. That's very cool.

    Hope you managed to solve your laundry conundrum in the weeks since then. Otherwise it could end up a pretty smelly boat!

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    1. We did eventually do laundry, but it was a stinky period before that :-)

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  8. Poor Scott! That must have been very frustrating. But at least you found the cheeseburgers (though eating next to that glittery, grinning head would give me the screaming heebie-jeebies).

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    1. The cheeseburger was fantastic and almost made up for the lack of laundry.

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  9. You're right. This was much more interesting than dreary boat projects!

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    1. Anything is more interesting than boat projects :-)

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  10. What day isn't great with a sparkly Buddha head? I don't think we've carried laundry around like that before. . .but I wouldn't swear by it. Life has been weird at times. At least, there was diesel!

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    1. Exactly - a sparkly Buddha head makes everything better :-)

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  11. What an adventure! It was probably super frustrating, but look at that water...so pretty. And the houses. And the beach. Sigh.

    You're right. Who needs clean clothes anyways?

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    1. It turned out to be an interesting walk. Glad we went to Spanish Wells to check it out, even if we didn't manage to get all of our chores done.

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  12. Poor Scott! Quite annoying to not get the laundry resolved after all the hauling. But, yep... we have had similar experiences, with laundry, garbage and empty water or diesel jugs. The first few times, it is frustrating. Then, you go from expecting to check things off your list, to hoping to check them off your list, and being happy with each accomplished chore...

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    1. Pretty much a cruiser's life - hoping to tick things off of the list and being over the moon if even one thing gets done.

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  13. And I thought your life was sunshine and roses all the time. Being stubborn can come in handy when facing dirty clothes though. I have no doubt there is food, water and clean clothes on board now. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Lots of folks think cruising is like living in paradise, but often it's just like normal life trying to get daily chores done and not always succeeding.

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  14. You have such a gift with words. Sorry about the frustrations. I hope Scott's back is doing well. Sure wish he'd let you post that photo. Your images of the cemetery are great, by the way. Be well!

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  15. Doesn't everybody love jello...? Even the sugar-free stuff isn't too bad. (Especially if I slather it with whipped cream... my hubby's the diabetic, not me!)

    Can't say that I've ever had to walk around with a bag of laundry on my back for very long, but I do know that even a fairly light bundle gets to be a pain in the patootie if you carry it long enough.

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    1. Smart way to go making sugar free for the both of you but putting whipped cream on yours.

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