A couple days ago we took our dinghy up a salt water stream, spanning across Shroud Cay. As we rounded the last bend we came upon a breath-taking scene. I do believe it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Pristine white beaches, turquoise water in many shades, sheer cliffs and a forest of palms on the hills. And we had it all to ourselves (for quite a while)! I think we were all filled with joy and a bit of awe as we took it all in. We are so blessed to be here and so blessed to live on such an amazing planet.
Interestingly (and disappointingly), the pictures and video that Travis took that afternoon really did not do it justice. Something was lost in the translation. It got me thinking about something I have been pondering lately…even living in paradise isn’t perfect! There are many small glitches, stresses and discomforts that can dim my view of the beauty all around me.
For those of you who may be wondering if cruising the Bahamas has any “flies in the ointment”, here is a list of a few of my least favourite things!
- Losing our new fishing lure the first time it hooked a fish
- Losing Rachel’s new flip-flop overboard
- Losing our lemon squeezer overboard
- Losing our cherished carrot cake overboard (when our Backpacker Oven tipped over on the BBQ while baking it)
- Leaving our backpack (with the dinghy navigation light inside) in a car when we were hitchhiking
- Leaving a fishing line and lure behind somewhere
- Spending 3 days waiting for the company providing us with a satellite weather service to reconnect our service (we had to stay where we could access wifi until it connected)
- Having alternator problems (the alternator is what charges our batteries when the engine is running)
- Not being able to use a fan at night because we don’t have enough electricity
- The alternator dying
- The new alternator we purchased in Rock Sound burning out (after Travis had already spent almost two weeks trying to figure out our alternator problems)
- The old spare alternator not charging the batteries either
- The fridge smelling gross when the frozen squid (for bait) melted as the freezer thawed (because of the low batteries)
- The water maker refusing to take all the salt out of the water (probably because of the low batteries)
- When it’s too windy to go where we want to go
- When there’s not enough wind and we have to use the engine all day to get where we want to go
- When there was no wind, and no-see-ums attacked us relentlessly (flying right through our screens) all night
- Asking the kids to wash the dishes for the fifth time
- Asking Rachel to do her math for the fifth time
- Rachel asking for a snack for the fifth time (before lunch)
- Asking the kids to settle down and stop making annoying screeching noises (for the fifth time)
- Paying way more than we expected when treating ourselves to a meal at a restaurant
Whew…if you made it all the way through that list and have not given me up for a completely petty whiner, then thank you! The point I am trying to make is that even when in the middle of having my “dreams come true,” I can find plenty of reasons to be discontent. It has shown irrefutably that entertaining thoughts such as “If only (person or situation that bothers me) would change, I would be totally happy”, is a huge waste of time. There will always be reasons I can choose to be worried, grumpy and stressed. And there will always be reasons I can choose to be grateful and content. It has been very good exercise for my “choosing-happiness” muscles to let each of these unpleasant things go and direct my focus to the wonderful God who loves me, the wonderful people I am travelling with and the wonderful adventure I am on.
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Hello from 308.. We received your postcard and can’t wait for your return.
Well wishes from all!
Hi Steph and Trav,
Your blog is a treat! Also got Neena and I reminiscing about our time on Perhentian in Malaysia when we both snorkelled for the first time – and being awestruck by the whole new world of breath-taking beauty beneath the waves that we’d been previously virtually unaware of. I get the feeling that there are many more such worlds both microscopically and macroscopically that we will never exhaust – for the praise of God’s glory.
We look forward to connecting and hearing your stories face to face…
Mark & Neena, David and Eden
Hi Ungers! Rory and Mary here from Spyhop (we met @ Cape Eleuthera). Rory was interested to know the lat and long where you lost the carrot cake? Heading to Shroud now. Where are you?
Sorry for the slow reply. We have been without internet. I guess it will be too late to salvage the carrot cake now!! We are back up in Bimini and plan to cross the stream to Lake Worth early tomorrow morning. We hope you are having a wonderful voyage.
We went up to Northern Bahamas and made the Gulf Stream crossing on Tuesday night. We are back in Ft Pierce now – civilisation? Oh well. If you have not already done so, be sure to visit the Shark Lab on South Bimini. Rory has filmed there with Doc Gruber. If you make it to Ft Pierce before April 14 we will be there putting Spyhop on the hard. Safe travels!
Enjoyed, and can well relate to your words about the lessons “paradise” can teach us.
So glad it is a good trip for you