Hello, I'm Henry.  

Welcome aboard my blog's home. 

If you come along with me, you'll become acquainted with my motley mates and faithful crew:

Experiences, Sightings, Observations, Impressions, Ideas, Reflections, Remembrances, Insights and Commentary.

They, after all, have accompanied me for as long as I can recall. Their tenure has helped me turn my tiller, fill my sails, and transport me over seas to distant lands. Maybe if you take the time to get to know them, a few will do the same for you.

Click this way and scroll along if you please...Enjoy your stay.   

Got Ya Back

Got Ya Back

Neither sailing back nor backwards into the Bahamas, Lainie and I steered Mystique from Miami to North Bimini to Gun Cay to North Cat Cay to Chub Cay to West End, New Providence to Little Ship Channel, Exumas about 250 miles.  That's forwards into a natural paradise. Then from unspoiled beauty we attempted to sail back to the United States, but we only made it halfway under sail.  Yea, coming back to our starting point was indeed challenging. Returning home after that was indeed easy. But this blog is mostly about backing away from our story and giving our readers a view of some of the highlights of our sailing experiences.

 Barely visible in the distance, though I see her back.  While Lainie walks towards a nearby Chub Cay beach, I await Alex, the mechanic, to repair our catamaran's starboard engine.

Barely visible in the distance, though I see her back.  While Lainie walks towards a nearby Chub Cay beach, I await Alex, the mechanic, to repair our catamaran's starboard engine.

While our backs were not up against some arbitrary deadline, Mystique eventually found itself up against a stone wall and some looming a jagged coral cay.  As we sailed back to where we began, we found ourselves finding a way back from our Bahamas.  We suddenly discovered we were unable to sail our way back to Florida much less entertain the idea of sailing to the Chesapeake Bay in the winter of 2018, 

While Lainie is the professional photographer, I act as her backup picture-taker. I am intrigued by her ability to capture moments with her camera.  So I decided to bring back home some photos not only of her back, but some of the behind the scenes beauty we both shared.  I think these photos show her often taking shots at our scenery more than my taking photos of her back.  While I indeed have her back, I actually often have her view, if not her perspective of what is in front of both of us.  And we most fortunately made it safely back to our home.

She knows I’m here and there for her.  She can count on me anywhere we go.  She trusts me to come to her when she needs me.  Lainie knows I have her back. 

To be clear, I'm not referring to walking behind her or giving her soothing back rubs. No, I'm mentioning having her back as my giving her my total support.  But, total truth be known - I however, do not want to mislead my readship.  So this blog article is more photo essay than narrative. So here are photos from our challenging three-month sailing adventure into the Bahamas.

 Surveying the sports fishing yachts in Chub Cay marina while  Mystique  seeks repairs.

Surveying the sports fishing yachts in Chub Cay marina while Mystique seeks repairs.

 Shell and sponge-collecting a Chub Cay beach

Shell and sponge-collecting a Chub Cay beach

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The morning after our arrival in Little Ship Channel in the northern Exumas we saw this sunrise.

 Approaching the Chub Cay Chapel, we found a place to cry together. By this time we had been rescued, but we were still tender from our trauma.

Approaching the Chub Cay Chapel, we found a place to cry together. By this time we had been rescued, but we were still tender from our trauma.

 We moved after we hit bottom and awoke to a sunrise at Rose Island,  a few miles east of Nassau.

We moved after we hit bottom and awoke to a sunrise at Rose Island,  a few miles east of Nassau.

 A sunset near Spirit Cay, Exuma with another holed cloud.

A sunset near Spirit Cay, Exuma with another holed cloud.

 Spotting an early morning rainbow near Spirit Cay, Exuma

Spotting an early morning rainbow near Spirit Cay, Exuma

 Watching Sting and Ray swim under  Mystique  at Spirit Cay.

Watching Sting and Ray swim under Mystique at Spirit Cay.

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 Sunrise at Gun Cay

Sunrise at Gun Cay

 Sunrise at Ship Channel, North Exumas.

Sunrise at Ship Channel, North Exumas.

 A meditative Mystique moment near Spirit Cay.

A meditative Mystique moment near Spirit Cay.

 Peering westward at Spirit Cay before sundown

Peering westward at Spirit Cay before sundown

 Spirit Cay at sunrise

Spirit Cay at sunrise

 At sunset near Long Cay, Exumas

At sunset near Long Cay, Exumas

 Observing and sorting shells treasures from beachcombing near Gun Cay

Observing and sorting shells treasures from beachcombing near Gun Cay

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The most important part was I got Lainie back safely home.

The Waterlogged Warbler

The Waterlogged Warbler

White Rabbit Therapy

White Rabbit Therapy