We start the journey through the Bahamas in Mayaguana. Our sail from the Dominican Republic was smooth except we spent a good portion of it just drifting with the current as the sea was calm like a lake and we were to stubborn to turn on the engine. With no guests on board what is the rush, we drift along feeling like real sailors.
We end up spending over a week in Mayaguana waiting on bad weather to pass. To pass the time we dive some of the most pristine water and reef habitat I have seen yet. Matt manages to catch a giant Tiger Grouper and we are so excited because we have not had meat for days. We fillet the fish and decide to cook it tomorrow because we heard about a party going on in town. Getting cleaned up we head in expecting to see the familiar faces from the past few days. Unfortunately it was a ghost town, nothing going on. Oh well. We head back to the boat excited to eat our fish a day early. Matt had posted his victory photo on Facebook and when we arrive back at the boat we get a message from one of our Bahamian friends telling us that type of Tiger Grouper could kill us. WHOA! It was a casual message with not much explanation as to why but we decide to play it safe and instead drink our dinner.
We spent the evening drinking, eating and playing dominos with the locals. It was a birthday party and it seemed like everyone had made a dish to bring. All the food and drinks were free all night. We tried to give them money as a donation, but they refused. When we asked if we could donate money to the school, we were able to give $20.00 to the principal.
|A site from one of our daily walks. I also did my exercises at this beach #21day fix|
|Matt caught a Strawberry Grouper and that is good eating|
We start doing some research and learned that YES you can get rich but NO it is to good to be true. The Bahamas does not allow you to take anything out of the water. We immediately regretted having told this guy to come over and spend the morning in a complete panic about what to do if he shows up. Around noon, I can't take all the worry anymore and we go to town to walk around. It seems he is out fishing for conch. We see him later that night and neither one of us makes any mention of the canon. We decide to leave the next morning, but first we want to get the coordinates of this wreck.