A pig steals our gasoline!


Feb. 20: 025First let me set the scene. We’ve found our place in the sun. Staniel Cay, Exumas. The water is every shade of blue and green. The docks at the Yacht Club and the anchorage are filled with boats, power and sail of all sizes. Staniel Cay Yacht Club is at the end of the dock and anytime of day is full of people swapping stories, telling lies. I don’t know what your image of a Yacht Club is, but this one is funky, colorful and noisy. And the food is great. 016

The other thing special about Staniel Cay is, this small island has a working settlement with some of the best boat builders in the Bahamas. So, unlike Sampson Cay, it is more than a marina. We will skip Sampson next time, this is much more to our liking. 020

There are some interesting things to do here, not found elsewhere. First a visit to Thunderball Grotto, where parts of two James Bond movies, Thunderball and Never Say Never were filmed. 001

You can swim in at low tide which we did. I couldn’t figure out how to keep my camera dry, so no photos  inside. This grotto, or cave, is open to the sky and the sun filters down and lights up the fish-filled water. It is definitely worth a trip.

006Then on to the beach at Big Major, another uninhabited island close by. This one is known for the swimming pigs. There are various stories how the pigs got here, but the point is, they are there and have learned that folks in dingys bring food. If you don’t go to them, they swim out to you.

They are BIG and friendly. I don’t recommend petting them though I did try! 015

However, we also learned these pigs support themselves by stealing. We pulled out dingy up on shore and while talking to other pig-feeders, one of the sows stuck her head in our dingy and promptly tried to take off with our red plastic gas can! Had she chomped through it, we would have no gas for the outboard and might have had to row back to the marina, and she would have had a most unpleasant taste experience. I ran and shouted and she dropped the goods-but I didn’t get a picture.

017  I did get this one, when she then tried to climb into the dingy to steal our duffel, or maybe to have another go for the gas can. Ed was very afraid her hoofs would puncture our very flimsy rubber dingy but we got her off in time and saved our dingy for the next adventure.

021Here we will stay for another few days. It’s hard to want to head home to the cold.

Jan and Ed on Sable

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About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Next month we will travel 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies. Australia is over. Now on to S. America for the Rally of the Incas.
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