Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 280- Sapodilla Bay, Turks and Caicos

We successfully crossed the shallow Caicos Bank  (miles of white sand bottom with numerous uncharted coral heads) without incident.  In fact, we anchored for the night out in the middle of it.  It was a very bizarre feeling to just throw out an anchor without having land in sight.  No arguments about the best spot, or whether it was too close to another boat.  The currents shifted during the night, against the wind which caused funny conditions but otherwise it was uneventful.  I now feel more confident reading the water ahead of us in shallow conditions .  The bottoms of the clouds are sometimes aqua from the reflection of the beautiful turquoise water.  It is hard to capture on camera but captivating live.  The walls at the edges of the shallows are supposedly spectacular for diving.  We watched the depth sounder go from 10ft to over 300ft in a matter of a few minutes as we left the Bank.  The depths actually drop into the 1000's of feet but our sounder maxes out at 300ft. 
Thus far Provo has been interesting.  In addition to being a major tourist hub, it seems to be a good place to provision.  Much more is available here than we've seen for a while.  Although we're not serious carnivores, Pablo and I have been dreaming of steaks lately and found some in the grocery store here.  We stocked up on two fairly big packages and decided to cook it all at once so we would have left-overs for lunch.  All the meat was devoured in minutes, mostly by the kids.  Guess they were missing it too. 

Caicos Bank

On watch for shallow spots

Borealis and the kids in Sapodilla Bay

Exploring the limestone ledges in Sapodilla Bay

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