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16 COBB LIFE | JUNE 2019 Historic Downtown Kennesaw Monday – Friday 6:30am-7:00pm • Saturday – Sunday: 7:00am-7:00pm 2825 S Main Street NW Suite 100A, Kennesaw, GA. 30144 • • 770-627-4370 THANK YOU for voting us BEST BAKERY & BEST DOUGHNUTS in Cobb County 2nd place for Best Breakfast • 2nd place for Best New Local Restaurant • 3rd place for Best Desserts NOW SERVING LUNCH! along the western coast of the Exuma Cays. The western side is the shallow Exuma Bank, where the majority of the major anchorages are, and snorkeling, and things to see and do. But George Town – the largest settlement in the Exumas – is on the eastern side of Great Exuma, so to get there from the west you have to traverse a "cut" between cays. And those cuts are the subject of much discussion in guidebooks and blogs about the Bahamas. They can be tricky – you are advised to plan your cut carefully, so that you don't have tides, currents, and winds working against you to create adversely high seas. So, while my anxiety level has been steadily improving/ abating, I was starting to get worked up about getting through the necessary cut to continue our journey. I think it was providential that we met Charlie and Michelle when we did. When I told them our tentative plan and my fears about it, they IMMEDIATELY reassured me that making one of those cuts was not a high-risk event, unless there are strong winds, which were NOT in our forecast for several days. They told us a few anecdotes about the cuts they had made over the years and what we could realistically expect. And they agreed with us about the plan we'd made – felt that we did, indeed, have favorable weather predicted the next day to make our cut without incident. The next morning, we pulled up anchor, in light wind, and sailed down to Farmer's Cut, where the seas were mostly calm at slack tide. About 30 minutes after we entered the cut, we arrived on the east coast of the Exumas with a straight shot down to George Town ahead. It took about another seven hours to get here, but my head and heart were in a good place. We even had a favorable wind angle to do some sailing without the motors – which makes Andy so happy! And upon arriving in Elizabeth Harbor, outside of George Town, we found that there were maybe 200 boats already here – but always room for one more. (Sometimes, we hear, there are over 500 here!) We anchored near a small beach o— of Stocking Island, across from town, and settled in. One great thing about George Town is a daily radio broadcast called Cruisers' Net. Every morning at 8 a.m., you can tune your VHF radio to channel 72 and hear amazingly helpful information: announcements from local businesses, opportunities to meet other cruisers at Pilates or trivia night, where to take your trash or find help with a repair or catch a ride to the airport. It has helped us meet a few new people and given us some guidance and structure in getting used to a new location. This, too, has been a great blessing. We're still hoping and waiting to make some friends we can journey with – but with hope that it may happen soon. In the meantime, we are happy that we'll have friends from home join us for a few days starting Easter Sunday. And after that, my mom will also come for a visit. We'll move to a marina, with a dock, before she arrives – I'm not going to ask my almost-80-year-old mom to ride in a dinghy! But I am really looking forward to these visits, and spending some time getting to know George Town so that we can share it with our loved ones. "IT HAS HELPED US MEET A FEW NEW PEOPLE AND GIVEN US SOME GUIDANCE AND STRUCTURE IN GETTING USED TO A NEW LOCATION." KAREN CR OWE

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