Three days after Mat left for frosty North Dakota, our son Brian and his girlfriend Jess arrived from Idaho for a visit. When Mat visited Noodin he got to have a taxi ride from the airport to the dinghy dock at Exuma Market and then a ride in the dinghy out to Noodin which was anchored nearby. Brian and Jess got to experience a little more local flavor and got to have the taxi ride but also had to take the water taxi to our anchorage across the harbor.
The reason for the water taxi was that it was too windy to anchor nearby to pick them up. This also meant that it was too windy to do many of the things that they hoped to do. Fortunately it wasn’t too windy to get to shore for a some beach walks and catching a few (too many) rays.
We snorkled several different places after the wind abated. The best were the cuts between the harbor and the sound where the water clarity was better and the coral was healthier. Snorkeling the cuts did provide a little adventure with the waves breaking over us but it was a great time.
We had a nice but rolly sail around Stocking Island and had a nice fish on for a bit as we were coming back through the cut. Note to self: tacking with a fish on gives him slack enough to avoid the dinner table.
The day of Brian and Jess’s departure we had an incredible dolphin encounter. Phebe spotted a couple of dolphin swimming near the boat and they stayed around long enough that we encouraged Brian and Jess to dive in and swim with them. They did and swam with them for 20 minutes or so before coming back to the boat. The dolphins weren’t ready to leave yet so we all had more chances to swim with them. All in all, we were probably in the water with them for an hour but they stayed near the boat for about 3 hours. Incredible!