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Yeh mon! Jamaica!

Reach Falls, Portland Parish, Jamaica

Reach Falls, Portland Parish, Jamaica

We’ve enjoyed a nice mix of work and play here in Port Antonio.

After a dinner of jerk chicken, Franklin asked the proprietor, Seben, if he could help wash dishes.

After a dinner of jerk chicken, Franklin asked the proprietor, Seben, if he could help wash dishes.

Mary helped some fellow cruisers with a sail repair job.

Mary helped some fellow cruisers with a sail repair job.

Sail repair party, Errol Flynn Marina, Port Antonio.

Sail repair party, Errol Flynn Marina, Port Antonio.

A patch and new hand sewn grommet.

A patch and new hand sewn grommet.

Reach Falls selfie.

Reach Falls selfie.

From Boston, Portland Parish, the home of jerk seasoning.  Yum!

From Boston, Portland Parish, the home of jerk seasoning. Yum!

@ Errol Flynn Marina.

@ Errol Flynn Marina.

Franklin swimming without his floaty for the first time. Woo hoo! Congratulations Little Buddy!

Franklin swimming without his floaty for the first time. Woo hoo! Congratulations Little Buddy!

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Shane had to rebuild the head while here... Thanks, Honey!

Shane had to rebuild the head while here… Thanks, Honey!

 

Exumas Photos

Cap'n Shane.

Cap’n Shane.

 

Swimming with the fish, learning to take underwater photos.  Exhilarating!

Swimming with the fish, learning to take underwater photos. Exhilarating!

More from Thunderball.

More from Thunderball.

A brainy looking coral.

A brainy looking coral.

Looking up from inside the grotto.  The natural skylights allow for the visibility inside the underwater cave.

Looking up from inside the grotto. The natural skylights allow for the visibility inside the underwater cave.

Swimming pigs, Big Major's Spot, Exumas.

Swimming pigs, Big Major’s Spot, Exumas.

In case you ever wondered what the underside of a swimming pig looks like.

In case you ever wondered what the underside of a swimming pig looks like.

Junkanoo dancing is a Bahamian tradition.  Franklin loved it at Farmer's Cay for the First Friday in February local festival and sailing regatta.

Junkanoo dancing is a Bahamian tradition. Franklin loved it at Farmer’s Cay for the First Friday in February local festival and sailing regatta.

Not all fun and games....  Franklin does laundry aboard.  OK, it was kind of a game to him.

Not all fun and games…. Franklin does laundry aboard. OK, it was kind of a game to him.
Mmmmmmm.  Dinner!

Mmmmmmm. Dinner!

Exuma Iguanas, Allen's Cay.  This (endangered) species is found no where else on Earth.

Exuma Iguanas, Allen’s Cay. This (endangered) species is found no where else on Earth.

Sightseeing with his new binoculars.  Thanks Di and Harvey!

Sightseeing with his new binoculars. Thanks Di and Harvey!

Lone Palm on a tiny Cay near Norman's Cay.  Site of Mary's 39th birthday.

Lone Palm on a tiny Cay near Norman’s Cay. Site of Mary’s 39th birthday.

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Wreckage of a 1980's Medellin Cartel cocaine smuggling airplane- off Norman's Cay.

Wreckage of a 1980′s Medellin Cartel cocaine smuggling airplane- off Norman’s Cay.

Getting water from the local well, Norman's Cay.  This source of free water was welcome, as most places have charged 50-75 cents per gallon for fresh water.

Getting water from the local well, Norman’s Cay. This source of free water was welcome, as most places have charged 50-75 cents per gallon for fresh water.

Franklin scopes out a new boat in the anchorage - he's looking for signs of kids aboard!

Franklin scopes out a new boat in the anchorage – he’s looking for signs of kids aboard!

Somebody jumped in the water just as we came ashore... leaving himself to wear his underpants around town.  Staniel Cay.

Somebody jumped in the water just as we came ashore… leaving himself to wear his underpants around town. Staniel Cay.

The littlest pool shark, Staniel Cay Yacht Club.  Letting your kid play pool, in a bar, in his underpants, at age 4 - it is called "excellent parenting".  Don't judge.  :)

The littlest pool shark, Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Letting your kid play pool, in a bar, in his underpants, at age 4 – it is called “excellent parenting”. Don’t judge. :)

Facing fears.  I forced myself to get past my fear of sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, etc., in order to snorkel the Thunderball Grotto - feature in James Bond 007 film "Thunderball".  Thanks to friends from Cay Paraiso and Emerald Tide for the morale support!

Facing fears. I forced myself to get past my fear of sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, etc., in order to snorkel the Thunderball Grotto – feature in James Bond 007 film “Thunderball”. Thanks to friends from Cay Paraiso and Emerald Tide for the morale support!

 

Thunderball Grotto from the outside - only visible at low tide.

Thunderball Grotto from the outside – only visible at low tide.

Never shy about getting involved, Franklin helps drum for the Junkanoo dancers.

Never shy about getting involved, Franklin helps drum for the Junkanoo dancers.

Local Teams from all around the islands compete in the Farmer's Cay Regatta.

Local Teams from all around the islands compete in the Farmer’s Cay Regatta.

Farmer's Cay Regatta.

Farmer’s Cay Regatta.

Farmer's Cay Regatta.

Farmer’s Cay Regatta.

More from the regatta.

More from the regatta.