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  • Katharine Hesmer

DAY 47 | January 29, 2022

George Town, Great Exuma Cay, Exuma, Bahamas

KORKZcrew is the blue dot on the map.

KORKZcrew got a much-needed bath last night with heavy rains, and those morphed into high winds of 16 knots this morning which are expected to increase to 30 knots later today. It was a bit tricky keeping my balance during my windy workout on the bow this morning, but the boat railings came to the rescue and became an integral part of my workout "equipment".

Ron and Steve and I made a plan to dinghy over to the shore just across from our anchorage. We were just going to walk back and forth on that beach while Skeet did his school work, but instead we found — and followed — an interesting looking trailhead. The trail itself was wide and clear and easy to follow, and after a short climb to the top of a hill, we found a platform offering a beautiful view of Elizabeth Harbor.

That's KORKZcrew in the yellow square. At the top right of the photo is the Kahari Resort, which overlooks the 3 hurricane holes near Chat 'N Chill.

As we continued along the trail, we wondered if this was something the Kahari Resort had built since it was just south of their property, and had sections here and there with nice wooden walkways, making it easier to cross some rather rough terrain. The trail ended on the Atlantic Ocean side of Stocking, at a different overlook than we had seen before, with a spectacular beach that extended as far as the eye could see. Even with iffy weather and high winds, it was a pretty eye-popping experience.

View from the top of the cliff overlooking the Atlantic.

View from the beach. I am officially obsessed with the Bahamian water if you couldn't tell.

The three of us went for a really long walk, and I don't think we saw another soul the entire time. Other people were probably smart enough to stay home in these conditions, but it felt good to stretch our legs, and offered Steve a much-appreciated opportunity for some shore time.

View from the trail as we headed back toward Elizabeth Harbor. KORKZcrew is to the left of the tree that's sticking up in the middle of the frame.

Of course, this also meant Steve was a wet and sandy MESS afterwards, so when we returned to KORKZcrew, we made him first swim around a bit, and then wait outside until he was dry. Here he is trying to sway us into an early release from his outdoor "prison". 🙄

Step One: look pitiful from the stern of the boat.

Step Two: Weasel your way up closer to the pilot house and look pitiful from the door frame.

Step Three: Wait for your parents to cave and let you inside. He's rotten for a reason, ya' know. And that same "reason" may have a little something to do with KORKZcrew's sandy interior. I'm just not sure.

We ended the day watching this kite surfer brave the elements and take advantage of some seriously strong wind. He threw some tricks in there too for good measure. From our vantage point it looked like he was coming perilously close to sailboats and their riggings, but he clearly knew exactly what he was doing, which was mostly having a BLAST.

Night night, Stocking Island!

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