Blue Turtle Cruising

Beach, Beach, Beach

The marina has been clearing out the last few weeks. We’ve said ‘good byes’ to several of our new friends from Snook Bight as they make preparations to head to their northern homes for the summer. One thing is clear after tonight’s dock party (pulled pork and slaw, thanks to Mary Kay), we are beginning to dwindle in numbers. Blue Turtle and Head Over Keels (Tim & Joan) are the only two live-aboard boats on E Dock. D Dock still has a few more boats as always, but soon we will be saying goodbye to Dick and Inge (Bon Foeyage) for the summer and then to Mary Kay and Maddie as they head to Michigan. Tom and Kevin will be gone for 30 days or so, as they take the Indian Princess up north.

Corey and Sophie enjoy some sun and sand
Corey and Sophie enjoy some sun and sand

Soon, we will have the island and beach to ourselves. It’s been warm enough to actually get into the water, so late Friday afternoon, Randy, Corey, Sophie and I headed to the beach to enjoy some sun, sand and sunset. We had an awesome time playing on a sandbar and Corey pushed Sophie around on his boogie board until she wouldn’t tolerate it anymore.  The sandbar was perfect for Sophie to run since it was very shallow for her tiny dwarf-sized legs.

A Dad, his  boy, his boogie board, a bucket, a wiener dog = pure fun
A Dad, his boy, his boogie board, a bucket, a wiener dog = pure fun
Corey pushes a very patient Sophie on the board
Corey pushes a very patient Sophie on the board
Boogie board ride on the sandbar
Boogie board ride on the sandbar
One of many kids that came to chat with us while the paramedics were looking after the small girl
One of many small kids that came to chat with us while the paramedics were looking after the small girl

On Saturday evening, Randy and I headed to the beach (again) for sunset after an awesome early bird dinner at Bayfront Bistro ($41 for two, 2 entrees, salads, dessert, plus a bottle of wine :). Just the two of us and Sophie went to catch the sunset (and it was gorgeous). We did have a small emergency when we arrived. A small girl had thought she was stung by a stingray, she was clutching her hand and was bleeding badly. Several other kids around her confirmed that they saw a stingray, so Randy (being the ‘Hasselholf ‘ lifeguard/savior) went into full on survival mode and confronted the women who were watching all of the children. They didn’t know what to do and Randy decided to call 911 since a stingray sting is poisonous, it is better to be safe than sorry.  The paramedics arrived and confirmed that the girl was ok and it wasn’t a stingray bite (thankfully!), so all was ok. We did enjoy the scads of kids coming up to us and talking to us and petting Sophie. There were about 3 women in this group that were watching about 15 kids, it was quite overwhelming but it definitely made our evening a little more interesting.

Saturday's beautiful sunset
Saturday’s beautiful sunset

On Sunday afternoon, we took another dinghy ride to Big Carlow Pass and beached it. I read my book all afternoon (on my new Kindle Paperwhite…love it!) while to boys enjoyed the water, we got home around dinner time, just quick enough for showers and for me to whip up a salad for our small dock party. We’re going to miss our new friends as they head north for the summer, but we’ll enjoy the island to ourselves this summer and look forward to their return.

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