Wardewick Wells…two days in the Exuma Land and Sea (see) Park

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February 2, 2013 by Last Star blog

We left Shroud Cay and headed for Warderick Wells Cay in the heart of the Exuma Land and Sea Park.  It was a truly rough day but, we had a mooring ball reservation and decided to push it to get there on time. Not a huge mistake, but a day of pounding and some very impressive waves and splashing, as you can see.

Just another sailing adventure

Just another sailing adventure

Of course, in the park there is no cell coverage and no weefee and lots of rules of ‘leaving only footprints.’ There are a row of mooring balls through a deeper little river and we assigned #6. You can see by the pictures how the boats line up, we pulled in and were happy to see some friends parked in #7, Rob & Pauline on Solidado. It is truly beautiful here.

Moorings lined up at the land & sea pak

Moorings lined up at the land & sea pak

The water, well, I am sure you are all tired of us saying the color is amazing, but the color was AMAZING.

Gorgeous water!

Gorgeous water!

We checked into the headquarters and decided to hike the island trails, (don’t leave the trails!) My friends will not find this surprising, but I had on inappropriate footwear! Flip flops on the craggy limestone hillside was a bit challenging…but the view from BooBoo Hill was worth the hike.

BooBoo Hill, offerings to lost souls

BooBoo Hill, offerings to lost souls

Cooling the feet from the hike!

Cooling the feet from the hike!

a shy hermit, is their any other kind?

a shy hermit, is their any other kind?

They have a rodent species ‘protected’ on the island, the Hutia. (sorry, no pictures, we didn’t take our camera to happy hour. We missed them getting up on the picnic tables to eat the potato chips out of the bowl…eeeewww) They look like a cross between a Nutria and a guinea pig, and there must have been a gazillion of Hutia shit-pellets on the island as well!  Hank said we should find some nuts the same shape and walk around eating them and telling everyone that the local nuts are just delicious, as EVERYONE complains about the begging disgusting rodents and the abundance of poop.  Day one ended with a happy hour on Hutia Beach with the other cruisers.  Proving that the world is small place, we struck up a conversation with a very nice couple from Norfolk: David & Mary Alexander, well, their son Jeff is a 15-E driver!  So, if anyone out there knows Jeff “Haines” & Sophie Alexander, tell them we really enjoyed meeting their parents.

Don't take or leave anything but footprints!

Don’t take or leave anything but footprints!

Day 2 at the park was just a spectacular day!  Sunny, warm, with calm winds–you can’t ask more than that! We did a little work out and swim in the morning…I ran beak-to-beak into a big ray on my swim to the swim-platform, needless to say I was stroking a wee bit faster at that point.

Dinghy captain!  LOLZ

Dinghy captain! LOLZ

We snorkeled off some reefs and then did a ‘drift’ snorkel with Rob & Pauline and their dog, Freddy. Rob rigged a big umbrella for shade on their dinghy for Freddy but as soon as we were all around the corner, she jumped to ours and snuggled into our cushy life jackets. Finally, a good reason to have those things crowding up my leg room!

Freddy, going for a drift with us.

Freddy, going for a drift with us.

She loves to bark at Cooper from their boat ever since Cooper had the balls to go into their boat back in Green Turtle, Freddy is just protecting her family!  To ‘drift’, you basically jump in into the current holding onto your dinghy and ride the current out until it is stiller. It was like a conveyor belt of beauty rushing by. At one point I had my fins straight up gliding on my back trying to slow down! Of course,  swimming against the current is a great workout but then the boat and everyone else are long gone.  Here are a few pictures of the creatures we ran into on the ‘drift.’

Fish and coral

Fish and coral

More coral..

More coral..

Huge Manta rays...

Huge Manta rays…

More rays..

More rays..

There were more of them...

There were more of them…

A couple of sharks, too

A couple of sharks, too

Ee gad, what species is that?

Ee gad, what species is that?

The whole day was spectacular, ending with a fabulous dinner on Solidago with some serious laughter and some of the BEST fennel cornbread I have ever had:  Thanks Pauline!

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