Thursday, January 28, 2010
Paddling the Exumas
The Exumas are the Alaska of the Bahamas. October was the month our friends and fellow kayak company owners Steve and Ronda (Adventure Kayaking) could break free for some fun exploring.
Steve and Ronda base in Vero Beach, Florida and when not paddling on Indian Lagoon head to the Everglades and the Bahamas. Kat and I had paddled with them before but this time we all wanted to explore the islands between Georgetown and Staniel Cay.
Warm water and white sand beaches are a winning combination. We loaded up the kayaks and headed out. The sails helped with 14 days of food and a week of water. We were able to refill water mid trip.
This was a gourmet trip. Kat and I gained weight on a camping trip … not an easy thing to do. We’re all good cooks but Steve and Ronda went all out. Shrimp, scallops and lobster were just some of the main courses we enjoyed.
Along the way we encountered some new friends. Both Ronda and Kat took a liking to the friendly iguanas that shared their island with us.
Weather was occasionally rough by Bahamas standards. It didn't stop our group from enjoying each and every day.
Warm water makes even challenging conditions fun.
We were sad to leave our new friends but excited about returning home to an Alaskan winter.
John & Kat