January 17, 2013 by Last Star blog
So after 8 hours and 55 miles we turned the corner to east and headed into Eleuthera. After the crossing most folks stop in Royal harbour on Royal island. This is a well protected little harbor and a welcome sight to end the day. As we were ahead of the pack we had many places to drop anchor and just needed to pick a spot away from the 4-6 boats there from the day before. As we settled in we watched the 5-6 boats trailing us come in and settle down.
When we got settled we spotted “Old Sam” with Susan and Don aboard; they are folks we met at West End and are from Nova Scotia. Terrific people and very nice. We put the dinghy back together in the morning and motored over to say hello the next morning. They told us about an old house on the island that was built nearly a hundred years ago by a wealthy american that was on the island. You could barely see it through the trees when it was pointed out to us. Here are some of the pictures we took.
This wealthy man moved here with wife and 4 daughters; we were told that some hurricanes eventually ran them off. The island still had little concrete roads he built to drive his Model-T around on. It was very cool and very sad at the same time. Such great plans and mother nature took it all back.
As we were exploring the Atlantic side and the beach there we ran into two guys on a golf cart from the “new” resort on the other side. Here’s a link http://royalislandbahamas.com/ The two guys were very nice and invited us over to the resort. We told them we had to run, maybe next time. We asked if they had any guests and they said not right now but next week. It always seems like next week around here. Hope the economy improves for the people here, sooner than later.