Jul. 21, 2009 9:54 am
Updated: Aug. 1, 2009 9:06 am
Happy Island, also known as Cass Cay, is an uninhabited island outside of our marina, about a 15 minute dinghy ride away. Since the water in the marina isn't suitable for swimming, many of the live-aboards zip out here for a cool swim on a hot day.
I can't seem to get a straight answer as to why it's nicknamed Happy Island, though most people tell me a version of "When you come out here you are happy!" This is usually thanks to copious amounts of rum:). I have known some people to camp out here, but, as pretty as it is, I never would. There are thousands of hermit crabs on the island and they will devour anything. Sometimes we will take a picnic lunch over, and if you set down some food, in a manner of minutes it is swarmed by the crabs. The click-click of their claws is the stuff of nightmares. Some say you have to bring a food offering or the crabs will eat you!
The water on one side of the island is called False Entrance (the photos of waves breaking over a very shallow reef). Boats on the other side can't see the reef, and an attempt to enter will result in a shipwreck! I have come out here the last couple of days with the dog and my neighbors. They live part of the year here on their boat and the other part in Wisconsin. When they came down last week, they discovered a mourning dove nesting with two little baby chicks in the folds of their sail, so they haven't been able to take their boat out. The dog loves to fetch coconuts, take a swim, roam the island- she is one happy dog on Happy Island!
On budget so far for the week- Sunday we had leftover chili with chips ($4), Monday was Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes and carrots ($15.75), and tonight will be Sweet Potato Enchiladas ($11.23).
Have a great day everyone!