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Cruising With The Chilbergs: Finding Gilligan's Island (BLOG)

This was my first time not going north over the bank to Abaco. There was a tiny pair of cays called Great and Little Bersus or Water Cay.
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“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen, philosophers, and divines.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The secret of happiness? Enjoy small pleasures.”

—Samuel Smiles

"I love cruising the Bahamas and I always try to go to at least a few new places each cruise. The excitement of coming into a new anchorage is so exhilarating for me. I am always a little fearful of the unknown, but I so enjoy the adventure." What the hell, Joe Kolisch and Bill Porter just issued my insurance for the next year!

Don’t worry Joe and Bill, I will be careful lol.

Dennis and his catch - not bad!

Dennis and his catch - not bad!

This time after Dennis Edwards arrived at the Lauderdale Yacht Club to join Lee and me, we topped off the fuel tanks at $1.90 a gallon and left for West End Grand Bahama Island. As always the Bahamian Customs Office is friendly, courteous, and helpful. We were arriving after the close of lobster season, but the Customs Officer assured us that frozen lobster was available on More Island. Yay!

We left the Old Bahamas Bay Club at West End at sunrise saying “Goodbye” to a family of manatees, and proceeded down below Grand Bahama Island. This was my first time not going north over the bank to Abaco. There was a tiny pair of cays called Great and Little Bersus or Water Cay.

We pulled in over clear water and a white sand beach ahead of us. A family of dolphin swam by as we anchored to welcome us. There were no write ups in charts or Active Captain, but the holding was fair enough with our 65-pound Danforth and 100 feet of chain. This was our Gilligan’s Island.

We explored Little Bersus, collected shells, and let Baci chase a tennis ball to near exhaustion and returned both tired and refreshed to Mud Puddle Rose.

We sat on the flybridge with a glass of wine as Dennis enjoyed his beer.

Now THAT is a sunset.

Now THAT is a sunset.

It was such a treat. Nature never ceases to amaze me. Here are some of our favorite shots of animals that visited us on the cruise so far.

Yes we will be feasting on lobster and Dennis’ freshly caught Black Fin Tuna along with Lee’s fabulous Mexican Beef Skillet Dinner and Pot Roast in the Crock Pot. Bliss.

Who doesn't love visiting manatees?

Who doesn't love visiting manatees?

Read more of Joe's blog, here.

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