Dawn; large ships, small sailboats and vessels of all sizes are milling about.
The coffee is on, the anchor on board, and the engines purring. Leaving the melee behind us we are through the inlet and out to the open ocean,
Alone, with the gentle ocean swells and a myriad of underwater creatures as yet unseen. Horizon appears on all sides of us and no vessels anywhere. We could get a peek at what is under the sea if only our trolling fishing line would produce something.
Halfway across and past the point of no return, a black cloud descends on us and the winds start to howl. Our weather window is gone in its’ stead, pounding seas, flying missiles and crashing furniture. We need a few extra bungee cords.
Sailing into West End in the Bahamas, three hours later, the seas have died down, the sun is shining and island music is playing. Except for a few regulars, the docks are deserted. We are ushered through customs quickly and relatively efficiently. Contract for two conch salads tonight and a ride tomorrow to the “Aliv” Bahama phone company.
A large sports fishing boat docked beside us was the recipient of our errant and empty trolling hook, line and sinker forgotten in our haste to outwit the seas. Denny managed to salvage the lure and placate the partying fisherman.
Stand up the Christmas tree, turn on our Christmas lights, and enjoy a sundowner.