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:
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?
Cruising Log | Tuesday, 4 July 2017 - Friday, 7 July 2017
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.
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.
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.
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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