We decided to get back out there, and find us a new spot, so we grabbed our local friends Steve and Kathy and sailed to Conception Island, we had heard that it was pristine and magical! It is a bit off the beaten path, and it is deserted, nobody lives there. There are no supplies, no fuel or food or anything. This is why a lot of people skip this place, and it is totally protected too. No fishing, no taking lobster or anything because it is part of the Bahamian Land and Sea Trust. Perfect, we thought, so with our friends along, the four of us were off to Conception Island!
With plenty of supplies, we made an early start of it, and headed North. It was a bit overcast, and cool, so the trip was pretty easy.
We rounded the North end of Long Island, and sailed past the White Cliffs that Columbus first saw in 1492, waves crashing on the outer reef. We turned Northeast and toward Conception, the boat moving gently with a following sea. As we approached the anchorage, the clouds broke and revealed crystal clear water and sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and sandy hills. There were only a handful of boats there, including this gigantic ketch. At night it was lighted up like a bridge, and the main mast was so tall, it had a red light on it instead of a white one.
It was a great time, and we all had a lot of fun. It was a magical place, Conception Island, and we all felt it. The water, the wildlife, the music, it all came together for a once in a lifetime trip.
The next morning, we were up early and sailed back to Thompson Bay, Long Island, leaving the magic behind. On the beach, watching us a leave, a magic turtle smiled as we steamed out. "Dem guys, de' be alright ya' know. Cause dem, de' know how to BOOGIE!!!"