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DAY 39 | January 21, 2022

George Town, Great Exuma Cay, Exuma, Bahamas

KORKZcrew is the blue dot on the map.

I've skipped forward a day to spare you a bit of the play-by-play (for once!) as yesterday included riveting moments such as work, school assignments, laundry, errands, and general chores. All together now: 🥱

On today's "Morning Report" on VHF Channel 72 we heard a boater asking for a child volunteer with super small hands who was willing to be held upside down to retrieve a pair of nail clippers they’d dropped into their head (toilet) 😂. Yes, really. You definitely hear a wide range of requests on this broadcast, and it's pretty cool that they have such an established community of fellow boaters here. You can tell that a lot of them have known each other for a long time, and that they know the George Town area particularly well, so if you ever venture to Great Exuma by boat, it's a must to tune into their 8 a.m. "show". They are committed to serving as a resource for the cruising population, and do an outstanding job. If they don't have the answer to your question, they'll find it for you. They're also good at keeping it "light" and ask for cruisers to pipe up with a thought for the day, or a joke. Today it was a joke:

"What is the difference between a magician and an animal behaviorist?

One pulls rabbits out of hats and the other pulls habits out of rats."

I didn't say their jokes were always good 😜, but it's still kind of cute that they include segments like this for anyone listening.

This afternoon, Ron was doing his exercises on the bow, and a tiny dinghy full of people rode by and started doing the arm motions for the YMCA song 😂. I wish I had a video of them. It was so spontaneous and cute.

KORKZcrew is anchored just offshore from the Kahari Resort on Stocking Island, which is directly across from George Town on Great Exuma Cay . Today, we took a short dinghy ride over to the beach, and decided to make it our goal to reach Sand Dollar Beach at the southern tip of Stocking Island. Along the way we took a brief detour when we found an interesting looking trail. After a short walk, we emerged on the Atlantic Ocean side of Stocking Island.

The yellow arrow shows our walking path.

That one short walk afforded us the most breathtaking view of both the Atlantic Ocean and Elizabeth Harbor sides of Stocking Island. You felt like you should be applauding rather than just standing there slack jawed, but it was definitely awe inspiring.

From there, we continued back down to the harbor side of the island, and walked alllll the way to Sand Dollar Beach, another one of those pristine inlets with the impossibly blue water and white sands. One thing I noticed along the way were the palm trees that are plentiful and about as tall as we are! Pretty wild.

Looking south toward Sand Dollar Beach, the southernmost point on Stocking Island.

Ron on the walk back to KORKZcrew. I'm guessing it was about an hour-and-a-half walk, and well worth the effort.

KORKZcrew is going to be in George Town for the foreseeable future as we have slowly but surely realized that our batteries need some TLC. They are not holding a charge even when we run the generator for several hours, so Ron is doing some research to figure out our best plan of attack going forward. When we bought the boat, we weren't 100% certain about the condition of the batteries, but we now think they're around 7 years old and may be on their last legs. The battery issues aren't keeping us from operating things we need like the refrigerator or more importantly the coffee maker (!!), but it's a good idea for us to stay close to a more populated area while we get to the bottom of what exactly needs to be done.

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Gerry Neumann
Gerry Neumann
Feb 05, 2022

What do you call a fly with no wings? A walk.

Katharine Hesmer
Feb 12, 2022
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I tried to comment on this earlier and it wouldn’t go through. I love it!! 😂

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