Monthly Archives: April 2017

Exuma Islands Treasure Hunt: Bones

Fearless treasure hunters, here is your last clue.  A complete answer will explain the Haiku’s last five syllables.

Bones: A Haiku

On Powerful Beach.

Fifty-three feet of bleached bones.

Plastic tragedy.

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Our second Exuma treasure

We found our musical treasure “taking five” in a small bay off of Rudder Cay.  We had passed through the Dotham Cut into Exuma Sound and sailed south west to Rudder Cay Cut where we passed back on to the bank side.  After anchoring Elizabeth Jean and inflating Sensei, we paddled to a quiet spot for viewing the pianist.  “Who is Sensei,” you ask.  Stay tuned to a future post for your introduction.

The clear water cannot hide this stunning treasure.

A penny for your thoughts, pretty mermaid?

Wish I knew who to credit for this and the following fine images.

Dotham Cut is near Staniel Cay on the above chart and Rudder Cay Cut is near Big Farmer’s Cay.  The seas in Exuma Sound has mellowed sufficiently for our sail down to the pianist’s hiding spot.

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Exuma Treasure: Something Musical

Musical Treasure: A Haiku

In shallow clearness,

She tickles the ivories

Off of Rudder Cay

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Exuma Treasure Hunt: We have a winner (actually 2)

Two treasure hunters correctly guessed our first Exuma treasure.  As one of them commented, “pigs don’t fly, but they do swim.”  Stay tuned for the clue to treasure number 2.


Big Major Island, the pigs’ home is just north of Staniel Cay, shown on the above chart.  We arrived at Staniel after pleasant nights at Highborne and Shroud Cays.

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Exuma Treasure: Porcine Pulchritude

Treasure hunters, here is your first clue.

Porcine Pulchritude: A Haiku

On Big Major’s shores,

Hearty shipwreck survivors.

Porcine pulchritude.

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Exuma Islands Treasure Hunt

From March 16 to April 21, Elizabeth Jean searched the Bahamas’ Exuma Islands for their fabled treasures.  The next three posts will include clues to the treasures we found and their locations.  Guess the treasure and Elizabeth Jean will buy you a round of your favorite libation.  Remember that “all that is gold does not glitter.”  For a bit of treasure lore see:

Albatross-eye-view of the Exumas.  The photo captures the difference between the deep water of Exuma Sound east of the islands (upper right corner of picture) and the shallower banks on the islands’ west side.  We made our way south from Nassau protected on the bank side, hurried along by 15-20 knots of north east winds.

This old style chart places the Exumas in context to the east and south of Andros, the Bahamas’ largest island.  Florida’s south coast is visible to the chart’s far left.

Our Exumas treasure hunt extended along the Exumas to and from George Town, our most southern destination.

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Eight Bells: “He’s off in the wilds again” Julie Coppen

Less than a week ago, our good friend Ken Leghorn ended his adventure on this earth.  In recounting his last day, and the beginning of “his next adventure,” his wife Julie Coppen commented that “He’s off in the wilds again, where he will know exactly where to go and what to do.”  Her words are fitting given Ken’s ease in Alaska’s wilderness and his commitments to introducing people to Alaska wilds as a guide and to protecting these areas as a civic leader.  Ken remains present with us as we travel in and through nature’s beauty.

Southeast Alaska peaks and glaciers, as seen from my departing plane window winging me back to the Exumas.  Ken is off in these wilds again.

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“Shaken not stirred” Bond, James Bond

As is with many red blooded American boys, I remember my first.  My first James Bond movie that is.  It was 1965, so I must have been ten.  My father had whisked my brothers and me off to Florida for some sun.  My mother, who had not yet embraced air travel, stayed at home and enjoyed time off from her four boys and husband.  Meanwhile, the Laschever boys enjoyed the pool at Miami’s Norham Shorham Hotel, hamburgers and pizzas, and on one memorable night “Thunderball,” the fourth Bond movie.

We arrived at the theater late and missed the starting sequence (always memorable).  So, we sat through the beginning a second time and then just watched the whole thing again.  For a preteen, the combination of action, sex, and underwater photography (scuba scenes comprised a quarter of the film) was heady stuff.  Bahamian cruising presented several reminders of my Florida Bond bonding.  To start Sean Connery has a home in Lyford Cay where we dined during our stay in Nassau.  The plot thickened at Staniel Cay, where the Thunderball Grotto, a domed cavern filled with fish and other attractions, all but commanded us to take Schooner for a snorkel visit.  To cap it off, Bond himself made an appearance at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club in an advertisement for a Bond-themed party.

Thunderball Grotto, Staniel Cay Photo credit: Sacha Kalis (see

Oh yes, there were also fish in the grotto.  Photo credit:S/V Spiraserpula.  For more photos and information on the Grotto see:

The grotto’s dome creates a cathedral like space and an opportunity for meditation.  Photo credit: S/V Spiraserpula.

We arrived about a week too soon for the party.  With regrets, we left our casino attire stowed in Elizabeth Jean and ambled further down the Exumas for our George Town rendezvous with daughter Jean and her fiance Max.

Bond, James Bond.

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