Staniel Cay was a very interesting Bahamian town. We basically walked through the entire town, which did not take more than an hour! There were chickens roaming everywhere, although what surprised me the most were the brightly colored houses. Pink and blue were the most common.
At the Isles General Store, where we got propane and groceries, the owner gave me a Bahamian $3 bill, which is as rare as the American $2 bill! We had been trying to find one since we arrived in the Bahamas!
Off of Staniel Cay, there was this really cool cave, Thunderball Grotto, where my dad and I went snorkeling. We swam into it, though you could jump in, as well. There were tons of fish! We brought a Ziploc bag of bread to feed them, so the fish swarmed us!
We also took a short dinghy ride to Big Majors Spot, where there were supposed to be swimming pig. Some of our friends said that they had a 300 pound hog try to get into their inflatable dinghy! We decided not to bring any food, though we did bring a boat hook! The pigs we saw were not actually swimming, more like wading!!!
Staniel Cay was awesome!
Warderick Wells is the headquarters of the “park” (the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park). This Bahamian national park is a place where you cannot disturb the wildlife by, fishing, picking up conch, shells, sea glass etc. The park is the only land and sea park in the world. Though the park was established in 1958, it was only made a no take zone in 1986, when the people who were working at the park realized that they needed to conserve more of the wildlife.
There are a bunch of trails that you can hike on. One of the most well-known is the trail to Boo Boo Hill. People hike up to Boo Boo Hill and leave the name of their boat on driftwood or stone. Of course, we had to leave Ally Cat up there!
I also got to play with some kids whose mom worked in the office. It was fun to have kids my age to play with! Elizabeth is 10 and Drake is 12. We had a lot of fun playing together. We also had an awesome water fight down on the beach.
After a LOT of reading on my Kindle, I finally was able to read a ‘real’ book for a change! In the office, there was a book swap. We left some and we took some. My favorite book was Marley and Me, by John Grogan. I highly recommend this book for anyone who really likes laugh out loud books! Possibly my favorite couple of sentences are these: “We were strolling along the Intracoastal Waterway on a crisp winter’s day, holding hands, with Marley out in front, tugging us along. I let him hop up on the concrete breakwater, which was about two feet wide and three feet above the water’s surface. ‘John,’ Jenny protested. ‘He could fall in.’ I looked at her dubiously. ‘How dumb do you think he is?’ I asked. ‘What do you think he’ll do? Just walk right off the edge into thin air?’ Ten seconds later, that’s exactly what he did, landing in the water with a huge splash and requiring a complicated rescue operation on our part to get him back up the wall and onto land again.”
There were some really great snorkeling grounds. While I was snorkeling I saw a shark—and this was a real shark, not a nurse shark (which has no teeth) and it wasn’t just sitting on the bottom either! I swam away really fast!
We had an awesome time in Norman’s Cay! We met up with Glass Slipper (a ‘kid boat’ we met in DC) and had a couple of fun beach days with them. Kid boats are always fun, no matter the ages of the kids. This time we had two of them: Glass Slipper with Coleen, who is 13, and Rollick with Alex, who is 6, and Jordan, who is 4. We had all of them—and their parents—over to Ally Cat on evening.
We went into shore and went for a BIG walk. We found MacDuff’s, the only restaurant on the island, where we all had marvelous salads! Mom and I really liked how the place was decorated, too. Some good ideas for us when we get home with all these beautiful shells!
Dad and I tried to go snorkeling with Coleen one day, but we didn’t find anything good and it was cold!
We had a great time in Norman’s Cay
Whale Cay was amazing! We had the beach to ourselves! We only saw four other people on the island—there are only eight houses on the whole island! I learned how to snorkel. I love to snorkel now! My dad is really happy, because he has a snorkeling buddy! While we were snorkeling we saw some spiny lobsters and my dad caught three of them!
I also found a lot of really nice shells! We think it is because not many people go and comb that beach for all of the nice shells.
We saw tons of salamanders. My goal is to catch one by the end of our trip. They are fast, but I did manage to touch one already!
Whale Cay was awesome!