September 28, 2018
Up and at ’em. We have plans today. Major plans. A quick breakfast of coffee and rum cake (it’s noon somewhere… no?) and we are off.
First order of the day was to go to town and gas up the car. Zoom on over to Mom’s Bakery to pick up the rum cakes that we ordered, and then a takeout lunch from Santanna’s. After lunch we were going to Moriah Cay.
I have always pined to make it to Moriah Cay, but too chicken to kayak over from the villa, though it’s a short distance away. We are not kayakers, and Hook and I are not strong swimmers. I vowed to get there this trip and was thrilled when Charlie said he would drop us off in his boat, and then pick us up a few hours later. Finally! I was going to check this off my list! Hooray! 😃
True to form, Hook made a comment earlier as we were getting ready that my wish is finally going to come true. I had hushed him and said, “Don’t jinx it!” He has a habit of making these remarks like “No traffic today” and then we come to a complete halt as the traffic backs up. He manages to jinx our good luck.
I was walking towards the door when Hook came in and said, “We can’t go. The tire is flat.” I step outside to look and sure enough, the front left tire was flat as a pancake. Charlie was out at a dentist appointment so we were SOL. I take a closer look at the tire, what for, I don’t know. Curiosity I guess, as I was the one who had driven home the night before.
OMG. There was a big tear on the tire!! Good grief, visions of $$$ flashed before me. How much was this going to cost?! 😵 Gulp. Hook tried to look at the bright side. At least the tire did not blow out on our way home in the dark road.
Not only did this mishap throw our plans out of wack, but I felt terrible about the tire. Likely not my fault as I was careful with not hitting potholes, although some were just unavoidable in the dark, winding road. Just bad timing that it happened after the only time I drove the car. Hook has been driving the whole week.
When life gives you lemons what do you do? Some people make lemonade. I prefer to shake the lemons with vodka and ice. 😎
With nowhere to go, Hook fixes us some rum punch and we park ourselves at the gazebo. The tide is high. The sand bars are in hiding. Later we see dark clouds looming in the distance.
We walk up to Charlie when he got back and we all point to the dark clouds over the cay. We decide to bag the Moriah Cay boat trip due to what looks to be rain clouds over by the cay. Sigh. Hook has done it again. Jinx!
Moriah Cay remains an elusive dream… 😕
We tell him about the tire. Charlie said he had a spare tire and he would swap it while he got the flat one repaired. We tell him it is not repairable, he needs a new tire, and that of course we would pay for the tire. He was appreciative that we offered. Hey, that is just how we roll. We don’t try to pass the buck. We believe in taking ownership of the consequences of our actions.
Charlie gives us the keys to the other car so we can finish our errands. We dash over to Little Exuma. Carefully. Very carefully… avoiding the potholes. 😑
We place our lunch takeout order. Our last Santanna’s meal of this trip. Lobster for me, grouper for Hook, and grouper for Charlie.
We go next door to say goodbye to Mom and pick up our rum cakes. She has them ready off to the side in the gladware containers that I brought with me. We chat for a while as she puts the pièce de résistance (aka rum sauce) on the cakes.
She tells us to grab the large cake without the rum sauce that she has baked for us to carry back home. She had given us the rum sauce recipe the other day and reminds us how to make it again so we can rum this cake at home. She also makes me take a coconut tart for a snack during the flight. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and she wouldn’t take payment for it. We do give her extra money when we pay for our lot of 6 small rum cakes and tell her to use the extra in her donation box. We love this woman. She has the heart of gold. She is loved dearly by everyone she meets.
Our food is soon ready as they call us over next door. We give Mom hugs as we bid her until next time. We never say goodbye, always until next time. ❤️
Back at the villa, we head to back to the gazebo. Charlie is nowhere to be found, still busy getting the new car tire sorted out in town. We save his lunch and devour ours. We soak in the fabulous views the rest of the afternoon, occasionally getting up from the lounge chairs.
As we look in awe of the magnificent views, Hook excitedly exclaims, “Shark! Hurry get your camera!”
Holy smokes! We could clearly see sharkie this afternoon as he swam right by the rocks below us. This was either a different shark or we totally underestimated the size of the shark that we saw the other days. This shark was at least 3 to 3 1/2 feet long. He was big! Very very cool!
After the excitement died down, we continued to perfect the art of liming. Until… Hook yells, “Turtle! A turtle is coming!” We both ran to grab the cameras. This turtle is also big. We watch as it swims against the current, occasionally popping its head to take a breath of air.
We are beyond stoked. What are the chances that we would see both of them in the same afternoon? We kept our eyes peeled hoping that the dolphin would also make its appearance today. We stayed out at the gazebo pretty late. The dolphin never made an appearance. Oh well. Two out of the big three, with multiple sightings. Not too shabby.
We worked on the leftover fettuccine for dinner, and some of the leftover grouper from lunch. We try to work our way through the leftover snacks in the fridge. 😛. Then off to pack our luggages for tomorrow’s trip back home.
Santanna’s : $97 (gave $100)
- 2 Grouper
- 2 bottles of water
Mom’s : $48 (gave $60)
- 6 rum cakes
Tire : $60
- Tire – $50
- Installation – $10
- Terrible feeling – $ beyond measure