Galley Wench Tales

Exploring the world through the people we meet
and the food they eat.

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Goats; made in the shade of tHatchet Bay Eleuthera Bahama’s BTC building.

“There’s an experimental farm up there….  Organics…. Sounds interesting to me, but if you’re no up for it, that’s okay,”  temporized Andy. Little did he know, we’re fans of that closed system farming style, expounded by investigative writer Michael Pollan, probably best known for his book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

It was the start of our second Eleuthera daylong road trip.  Andy and Ann once again were our companionable partners in crime, if rental car abuse is a crime.

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BTC tower o’ goats.
“Sure. Why not?” Wayne replied.  If not for Andy. we would’ve bypassed Cape Eleuthera Institute (watch for more on that in a future post; meanwhile click here for their website) on our prior communal road trip.  That, coupled with checking out the institutes’s recommended treat (watch for more on that in a future post, too) were the highlights of that day.

“Turn here!” Andy directed; Wayne cornered quickly.

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Ann, spotter of goats.
Bumpity-bump down yet another dirt “road.”  We are no strangers to those roads, and consider them  part of our adventure.  They’re free roller-coasters without rails.  Less smooth, and their thrill is less about carefully crafted g-forces and more about their sheer unpredictability.  Nothing litigious fearing U.S. theme park would dare….

The farm  was a bust.  Twas long enough abandoned that even the scant remaining debris was uninteresting; though I’m one of those odd ducks who often finds decay more intriguing than modernity.  

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Pretty sure that seated black billy ruled these roustabouts.
But wait!  The road less traveled paid off in an amusingly odd juxtaposition, we’d never otherwise seen.

Surrounding (and I do mean surrounding) the nearest Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) facility — provider of our ocean-accessible $30/2.5 GB Internet connection/hotspot — goats!  LOTS of goats.  Gaggles (doesn’t that sound better than “herds”?) of goats — billy goats, mama goats, baby goats, randy goats, sleepy goats, rambunctious goats…. sleeping in the shade of the BTC building’s porch, tucking, catlike, underneath the BTC truck, clambering up the BTC phone tower.

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Road between Eleuthera’s Hatchet Bay Caves and local BTC office.
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BAHAMAS retrospective.  This blog post is a recent retrospective of our road trip out of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, BAHAMAS (N25.20.962 W76.47.384) April 28, 2014.  Now that my cruising season photos are finally re-accessible (yay!), watch for more BAHAMAS retrospectives; though my broken right wrist is slowing down my posting catch-up.  We are currently working over hurricane season in Jacksonville FL; this time with our boat “on the hard” in Green Cove Springs, until just before we leave in November, bound for the South Pacific via the Panama Canal.