Back in Black…..Black Point Exuma that is

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March 22, 2013 by Last Star blog

18 March,

Back in Black….Black Point Exumas

The people of Black Point are very proud of their city and are the backbone of the workforce in the region.  Every year they have a big family reunion/celebration in August bringing about 2500 friends and family to the island.  The sign in the bulkhead entering Black Point says “get the point!  Black Point”.

We left Staniel Cay after dropping off Cole and once we had our propane tank filled we pushed to Black Point.  The harbor offers great holding, free WiFi (though slow with everyone tapping into it), and arguably the best laundry facility in the region.  With departing guest, laundry is always a necessity.

We got to Black Point late Saturday afternoon (still low on gas for our dinghy motor) and decided that an evening at Scorpios for dinner and a few beers would be a nice end to the day.  We got showered, put on our best flip flops and headed ashore to go to Scorpios for burgers and fish fingers.

Scorpios Bar and Grill, great food and great proprietor "Waggie"

Scorpios Bar and Grill, great food and great proprietor “Waggie”

We got a warm welcome from Waggie the owner and started with Conch Fritters and Kaliks.  We really like the local atmosphere and flavor of the place.  Waggie does a great job in the kitchen and running the place for both tourist and locals alike.

The next day was a Sunday and we knew that getting anything done in the Bahamas is near impossible on a Sunday so we just piddled around on the boat reading and doing little chores until after lunch.  We’ve finally clued in that going ashore for a “walk” between 10:00 AM-2:00 PM is a nightmare…..so this time we left at 2:20 genius!!  Now as we are low on gasoline for the outboard we row when we can.  It’s not a big deal, it just takes a bit longer in the “floppy sausage” we call the dinghy.  Folks will ask if we need help, we tell them we are low on gas and just economizing.  Imagine their surprise as most are now coming from Georgetown (the land of plenty) as they head north.  Local knowledge says gasoline is scheduled for Friday; this was Monday after a 10ish day lapse in fuel so far.

We got to the Gov’t Dock without incident and started out trek to go see the “Marina” that was under construction but abandonded in 2006.  It is about 2 miles south of town and was to offer protection from a westerly blow.  Now the walk took us quickly out of town and onto a dry dusty road heading south.  As usual the heat became intense as soon as we left the shoreline.  We had vague directions and our trusty map….the map being a photo I take of the chart book with the camera then reference as needed from the camera.

Extent of our planning in most cases....out of the chart book

Extent of our planning in most cases….out of the chart book

This can be a viewing challenge in the bright sun.  We walked for miles, saw some interesting folks.  Met an old man with grandkids that was picking some white fruit off the low plants, sweetish but not very luscious–too arid.  Best for jam maybe?  We saw the “Castle” but it blocked our way and had to backtrack.  We finally made the marina and saw the beach then started our return trip.

Uhhhh "we're on a road to no where..."?

Uhhhh “we’re on a road to no where…”?

Not too many "private property" signs here so better honor this one.  Turn around.....grrrr

Not too many “private property” signs here so better honor this one. Turn around…..grrrr

The Castle, reason for the sign.  You can see the Castle for miles from the south

The Castle, reason for the sign. You can see the Castle for miles from the south

When it's narrow you can see Atlantic side too, cooler temps on the hill overlooking the water

When it’s narrow you can see Atlantic side too, cooler temps on the hill overlooking the water

Approach to the failed Marina

Approach to the failed Marina

The beach in front of the Marina, hard to be alone here sometimes

The beach in front of the Marina, hard to be alone here sometimes

This dinghy is from one of the boats in photo above.  Saw these folks on the road.  They were walking to town for groceries.  On a Sunday?!  Returning with bags?  not likely.

This dinghy is from one of the boats in photo above. Saw these folks on the road. They were walking to town for groceries. On a Sunday?! Returning with bags? not likely.

Sitting at the "Bar" built under a tree with old pallets

Sitting at the “Bar” built under a tree with old pallets

We also took some photos of Black Point and the more known stores/bars there.  Details for all are in the photo captions below.

Lorraine's restaurant and WiFi, mother makes the bread next door

Lorraine’s restaurant and WiFi, mother makes the bread next door

Inside Lorraine's

Inside Lorraine’s

Adderley's, the grocery store.  Generally well stocked but not this time....waiting for "the boat"

Adderley’s, the grocery store. Generally well stocked but not this time….waiting for “the boat”

Road into Black Point from Gov't dock

Road into Black Point from Gov’t dock

Common way to pass time and make some money "plaiting".  Generally 4" bands 30 feet long for baskets and hats

Common way to pass time and make some money “plaiting”. Generally 4″ bands 30 feet long for baskets and hats

The "laundermat", best in Exumas and spelled differently in every town

The “laundermat”, best in Exumas and spelled differently in every town

Bar number 2 in town, been under construction for 3 years....

Bar number 2 in town, been under construction for 3 years….

What dusty roads and salt water and sun do to your skin.  Smily face made with chapstik!

What dusty roads and salt water and sun do to your skin. Smiley face made with chapstik!

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