It’s the little things. That’s what makes this cruising life so magic. Sure, we’ve sailed in big seas, when our boat is pitching and yawing but holding her own impressively, and that’s a heart-pounding, exciting moment. And, yes, we’ve found ourselves struggling mightily to undertake a rather difficult but critical repair while underway. And, that, too is a stressful, nerve-wracking moment. Navigating vicious reefs while coming into a new harbor is what we call a “pucker” moment. Many elements of life aboard while traveling to new places can raise your blood pressure and test your mental acuity and reaction-time, but not all of them. Some days may feel like one big headache when you’re hot, tired, and sweaty, walking miles around a dusty, little town and can’t seem to find the right part you need to make a repair, or the beat-up washer at the laundry facility went kaput right after your clothes got wet and soapy, or the fridge goes out again, or the bilge needs cleaning again, or whatever. There are plenty of those frustrating, infuriating moments too.
But, my favorite—because there are hundreds of them—are all of the little magic moments. When you’re sitting in the cockpit alone, reading, and a turtle pops his head up and looks at you. “Turtle! Turtle! A turtle!” you hear your own voice cry, giddy as a five-year old. But he ducks back down just as fast and your partner doesn’t see him, which is almost better because that turtle moment was meant just for you. I saw a turtle! And another, when you’re diving down again and again, scrubbing the hull of your boat and a fish shimmies up to you, stops as if he’s tilting his head and asking a question (probably “Why are you wiping all of that yummy food off instead of eating it?”) and—absent an answer—he shimmies away and you have the distinct feeling you just had a conversation with someone with gills. Did I just talk to a fish? Or how about when you’re holding the helm alone at sunset and you swear (on your life!) you saw a green flash glint over a wave on the horizon just as the sun went down. No one was there to witness it but you, so no one can say it didn’t happen. I saw the green flash! Moment like these steal your breath for just a second, and when you let it back out again, in a content huff, you realize you are in the exact place that you want to be, doing the exact thing you want to be doing—headaches, heart-pounds, contented huffs and all.
Powell Cay was one of those moments. In fact, each island in the Abacos was one of those moments. One of the very cool things about the Abacos is not only that each island is just a short 1-2 hour hop from the other, but each island also has something unique to offer. Phillip and I had to start calling them by their “magic moments” so we could remember them. Pensacola Cay became the “Signing Tree Cay.” Manjack Cay became the “Stingray Cay.” And, ironically, Hog Cay became “Snorkel Cay,” while No Name Cay became Hog Cay, or “Piggy Cay” to be exact, as that’s where the swimming pigs in the Abacos live. Yep. Stingrays and swimming pigs are coming your way. As well as each of our little magic moments in the Abacos. Today, we want to share with you Powell Cay, a.k.a. “Starfish Key,” where we found the biggest starfish we have seen in all of the Abacos. What was intended to be a simple ride to shore to explore around the island turned into something magic and memorable, as did everything it seemed in the Abacos. The smallest moments and simplest adventures brought us unforgettable pleasure. Want a little taste? Join us! At Powell Cay, for a magic dinghy ride! Where a trivial jaunt to shore brought us sightings of a sea turtle, a nurse shark (which GoPro was able to get a glimpse of underwater), a massive, mesmerizing starfish (which Video Annie thought might be an alien that would suck her face off), and another stunning Atlantic shore. I’ll bet you find yourself singing along by the end: “This magic moment … ”