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Bahamas Cruise
2011
Sailing to the Paradise Next Door
~ Sailing to the Paradise Next Door ~
Bahamas - 2011
Obtaining an Aspiration
Manifestations
"We'll be in the Bahamas by next year!"

That was my 2010 mantra, though there was no stimulus for such a precognitive proclamation. Many happy days had passed living in the Florida Keys, but I had begun to grow restless.

We'd moved aboard Re Metau with the intention of sailing around the world, and though we'd only meant to stop in Marathon for a short while, spending blissful days on beautiful ocean waters with best friends had bound us to this area like none other. It seemed our cruising goals were getting buried under the sands of time and I'd begun to feel the need to uproot the anchor.

Birth of a Notion
Believing in the power of intention, I'd found that verbalizing an affirmative statement would turn the tides in obtaining an aspiration. With vocalization, visualization, and tenacious endeavor, all ideas become reality. To draw us away from the magnetism of Marathon, I could think of no other, more perfect destination than the beautiful azure waters and secluded islands of the paradise right next door – the Bahamas. So I tossed my thoughts around out loud, and though Don was onboard with the idea, he believed his commitments continued to be an obstacle that confined our cruising to the Florida coast.

Then, an incident occurred that – though on the onset looked despairing – severed Don's ephemeral responsibilities and bought us the freedom to cross over into foreign waters. Additionally, this life change proved to be the impetus for both a physical and an emotional journey. It provided us with the duration and dollars we'd sought to make the passage, and it provided us with the opportunity to prove both our vessel and our own capabilities in self-sufficiency and sailing savvy.

Separation Anxiety
In this mariner's life, we'd met many a former dreamer with an infinite list of causes for their aborted cruising dreams; missing family, misinformation, misfortune, misadventure. But truth be told, at the root of all these scuttled aspirations were fears that proved unconquerable – fears brought on by the very real and often overwhelming risks for which one must prepare to safely make a blue-water passage. My biggest fear was that we'd also succumbed to this sort of paralysis.
Our Route Through the Bahamas
~ Our Route Through the Bahamas ~

Before us was a daunting pursuit; sailing away from the safety of the familiar into the undisputed vulnerability of the unknown. This was not the coastal cruising we'd known. It was crossing unfathomable waters, landing on untamed coasts, and having none but ourselves in which to rely.

Baby Steps
In reality, the Bahamas was considered the kiddy pool for newbie Caribbean cruisers and ultimately, our journey around this island nation turned out to be tranquil and carefree. Our weather remained agreeable, Re Metau performed without fail, and most important, the voyage quelled many of our anxieties. Not only were the rewards of achieving our quest immeasurable; the experience rekindled the flame of our original desires.
"We'll cruise the entire Caribbean by next year!"
2011 — Bahamas Cruise
Articles
Obtaining an Aspiration
Paradise Next Door
18 Feb thru 23 May
Obtaining an Aspiration
Bahamas Bound
Bahamas Bound
Feb
A Windfall of Spare Time
AWOL for the Boat Haul
Preparing for a Bahamas Cruise
Feb
AWOL for the Boat Haul
Provisioning Scents, Cents & Sensibility
Provisioning for the Bahamas
Mar
Scents, Cents & Sensibility
Going to Anchor before Going Abroad
Boot Key Harbor Departure
23 & 24 Mar
Going to Anchor before Going Abroad
Safe, Sound & Lounging Around
Bimini
25 Mar
Safe, Sound & Lounging Around
The Wonderland of Alice Town
Alice Town, North Bimini
26 Mar
The Wonderland of Alice Town
In Search of the Queen
Bimini Flats
27 Mar
In Search of the Queen
Exotic Excursions
South Bimini
28 Mar
Exotic Excursions
A Great Harbour Hidden in the Berries
Berry Islands
29 & 30 Mar
A Great Harbour Hidden in the Berries
Decline of the Concubine
Great Harbour Cay
31 Mar
Decline of the Concubine
An Endless Honeymoon
Sugar Beach Caves
01 Apr
An Endless Honeymoon
Strange Worlds
Great Harbour Blue Hole
02 Apr
Strange Worlds
A Phenomenal Day
Fanny Cay, Berry Islands
03 Apr
A Phenomenal Day
Soldiering On
Sailing to Soldier Cay
07 Apr
Soldiering On
Cosmic Waters
Hoffman Cay Blue Hole
08 Apr
Cosmic Waters
Barry and the Beguiling Bay
Little Harbour Cay
10 Apr
Barry and the Beguiling Bay
Paradise Lost
Sailing to New Providence
12 Apr
Paradise Lost
Spirit of Serendipity
Death in Paradise
13 Apr
Spirit of Serendipity
Nassau Anew
Nassau
14-17
Nassau Anew
Kaleidoscope
Allen & Leaf Cay
23-25
Kaleidoscope
Sorry Lore of Normans
Norman's Cay
25-27
Sorry Lore of Normans
Treasured Island
Shroud Cay
28 Apr
Treasured Island
Bluebloods, Brits, Banshees, Bones and Buccaneers
Warderick Wells
29 Apr
Bluebloods, Brits, Banshees, Bones and Buccaneers
Bumming with a Different Breed
Big Majors Spot
01 May
Bumming with a Different Breed
Sundries of a Sailor's Life
Staniel Cay
04 May
Sundries of a Sailor's Life
It Was Neat
Thunderball
10 May
It Was Neat
The Pendent on the Emerald Necklace
George Town, Great Exuma
7 & 8 May
The Pendent on the Emerald Necklace
The Wild Isle
Stocking Island Hike, Great Exuma
12 May
The Wild Isle
Bush Medicine
William's Town, Little Exuma
13 & 14 May
Bahamian Bush Medicine
Cruising Blogs
2011 - Bahamas
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