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04 September 2017

Ouch, That Hurts! | Rock Sound, Eleuthera, 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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Scott is rarely sick or feels pain. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen him take painkillers. Maybe it's that stoic North Dakotan nature of his or some sort of fabulous immune system. Whatever the reason, he rarely complains about not feeling well or being in pain. So when he told me that he hurt his back, I took him pretty seriously. And I panicked a little bit.

Not just because I care about him, but because his back is essential to the smooth operation of our sailboat. Scott is a lot stronger than I am, so he gets all the unpleasant jobs like lugging around 5-gallon jerry cans full of water and diesel, pulling up the anchor and grinding in that last little bit of the headsail after I've given up.

Most things can be worked around, but pulling up our anchor isn't one of them. I've tried and I'm just not strong enough to get it all the way up, especially when the winds are high. And that's where my panic came in.

What if we had a big storm and needed to move quickly? I'm guessing fear and adrenaline would kick in and I'd manage to get the anchor up. At least I'd hope so. Or Scott would get the anchor up, hurting his back even more. Not really a good solution. 

We do have a windlass (a contraption that pulls your anchor and chain up for you), but it hasn't been working. Fixing it has moved way up on the boat project list, let me tell you. Even up ahead of fixing the leaking portlights.

So, we ended up hanging around Rock Sound in Eleuthera for five days so that Scott could rest up. Turns out it's a pretty cool place to hang around at and they have the best grocery store we've seen since Marsh Harbour. That's when you know you've been cruising too long in the Bahamas - you get excited about well-stocked grocery stores.

We parked our dinghy on the dock by a restaurant nearby the store.


"Dis way to...where?" We saw this sign on the restaurant. I really want to know what they're pointing at. It looks like someone painted over the mystery location at some point.


Before hitting the grocery store, we checked out the two gas stations nearby to see what their prices were for diesel. I probably should have taken a picture of the grocery store. They had everything you could possibly want including Irish sausages in the freezer section. They were scrumptious.


On one of our other expeditions into Rock Sound, we walked up to the blue hole.


Blue holes are fascinating, especially when you find them inland in the middle of a town. We went swimming at the one at Hoffman Cay, but passed on swimming in this one.


I wonder if people go fishing there or if you're even allowed to.


The people were so friendly in Rock Sound, but then again I don't think I've ever met a Bahamian who wasn't friendly. We walked through town checking things out and noticed this sign. A fair - who doesn't like a fair?


So we went. Turns out the fair wasn't at the church itself, but at a community building up the road.


We had a great time people watching. And there were a lot of people to watch. I think everyone in Rock Sound showed up to get something to eat. There was a huge line outside of the door at one point.


We figured if this was where all of the locals we're eating, it had to be good. And it was. We rarely eat out in the Bahamas, preferring to cook our meals on board, but this was worth it. We split a chicken dinner ($10) which came with crab rice and two sides (we got two sides of Bahamian mac n'cheese). Scott loves conch fritters and since you could get 5 of them for $1, he did - twice. Add in a can of root beer ($1) and you have the perfect meal.


And, in case you're wondering, Scott's back got better after a few days rest and he was back to lugging jerry cans and pulling up the anchor in no time. He's a real trooper.

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Cruising Log | Thursday, 29 June 2017 - Monday, 3 July 2017

29 JUNE
Anchor up at 7:00 AM at Little San Salvador Island (Half Moon Cay). Anchor down at 3:00 PM in Rock Sound. Motorsailed with the headsail. Only boat in the anchorage. Fridge stopped working. Panic set in. Turned out out to just be a short, which Scott fixed. Nautical Miles = 38. Engine = 8 hours. Spending = Nil.

30 JUNE
Went to the grocery store. Nicest one we've seen since Marsh Harbour. They even have butane cartridges, cheaper than in the States. Great hardware store nearby. Started grilling dinner, but propane line leaking. Had to finish up on the stove. Nautical Miles = Nil. Engine = Nil. Spending = $43.50 (groceries and butane).

1 JULY
Fixed leaky propane hose. Lots of annoying birds keep landing on our boat. Went for a walk to the blue hole then had chicken dinner at the Anglican church fair. Walked through town. Huge bump on Ellen's head after banging into the solar panel. Ouch, but not as ouchy as Scott's back. Nautical Miles = Nil. Engine - Nil. Spending = $13 (dinner at church fair)

2 JULY
Lazed about. Nautical Miles = Nil. Engine = Nil. Spending = Nil.

3 JULY
Got 10 gallons diesel at Dingle's. Went to the grocery store. Nautical Miles = Nil. Engine = Nil. Spending = $41.50 (diesel) and $45.70 (groceries).

Have you ever eaten at a church fair? What did you have? Ever hurt your back? How was your recovery?

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20 comments:

  1. Mac and cheese can pretty much cure anything that hurts. For me, anyway. :)

    I so want to know where that sign was pointing! My creepy, horror writer's imagination has it pointing somewhere we probably wouldn't want to go.... :o

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    1. You would love this mac n'cheese - it can cure anything. So yummy :-)

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  2. That food looks really good. I would love to have that. I'm always hungry.

    I'm glad Scott got back to normal quickly. Nothing worse than your back acting up. Make doing anything ever so difficult.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Funny, I'm always hungry too :-) I need regular feedings or I get a bit cranky.

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  3. That meal sounds oh so yummy! You're making me hungry. I might need mac n cheese for lunch. I hurt my back last September, lifting a couch as we were moving out of the house. I'm still hurting some, but it's better. I'm glad Scott's injury didn't last long.

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    1. Glad your back is better, but too bad it still hurts :-( They're so easy to injure and can be so hard to recover from.

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  4. When someone never complains and then does, I always pay attention, too. You made a wise, and as it turned, out tasty decision to hang around the port.

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    1. We were really lucky to be in such a well protected anchorage so that we could stay there for days without worrying about the weather and give Scott time to heal.

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  5. It's fun reading about and looking at photos of your lifestyle of cruising various places in a sailboat. I feel like I went to the Bahamas, too. I'm glad Scott's back is better.

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    1. Thanks so much Susan - I'm so glad you enjoy reading about our crazy adventures.

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  6. Love that place, people were very friendly. Great laundromat, only bummer was those noisy roosters.
    Capt. Robert

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  7. Backs are dodgy - make sure he takes care! John's had a couple of really bad bouts of back pain and still gets minor ones if he's not careful - even bending down the wrong way to pick up his towel from the bathroom floor can set it off.

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    1. Oh no, poor John :-( It must be awful to set off your back injury with something simple like getting a towel.

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  8. Ouch! You never realize how much you use your back until you hurt it. I'm glad the injury was short-lived.

    I've been to lots of church fairs and carnivals, and the food is always good.

    I'm glad you aren't around the islands now. It looks like Irma is going to be a monster storm.

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    1. Irma is going to be a real monster and destroy so much in her path. We're in south Florida, in the "cone of uncertainty" so we're busy getting our boat ready for the hurricane should she come this way.

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  9. Sounds like a few days' rest was just what the doctor ordered. Looks so idyllic. I've been to many a church fair in our town because one of our friends organises them for Cancer Research. They always serve lovely cakes, sandwiches, and tea.

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  10. Do you think the fish are freaked out or concerned as they swim underground to get into the blue hole? Did one fish accidentally get sucked in and then went back to the sound to tell all his fish friends? Do they go back and forth or just live in the blue hole?
    Glad Scott's back got better quickly.

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  11. So glad to hear that Scott's back is better! Do you ever wonder if he just made it up to stay at Rock Sound just a little longer. ;-)

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  12. Hope you guys are battened down for Irma. Been thinking about you!
    We are hunkered down waiting..........................

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