The Exuma Land + Sea Park in Warderick Wells is one of those places you definitely don’t want to miss if you are cruising through the Exumas!
It’s freaking GORGEOUS!!!
The Exuma Land and Sea Park is famous for its pristine beauty, great anchorages, and breathtaking marine environment. It was established in 1958 and is one of 25 National Parks and Protected Areas managed by the Bahamas National Trust.
We hunkered down there for a few nights on a mooring ball as some stronger west winds were blowing through. We spent our time exploring the park, snorkeling, and just lounging around since wifi is hard to come by there (unless you want to spend $15 per 100MB — which lasted us all of 15 minutes).
During our time at the park, we decided to explore some of the hiking trails…and with a name like “Boo Boo Hill” we couldn’t pass up this one particular trail. ;))
Legend has it that on a wild and stormy day many years ago, a luckless schooner sank off Warderick Wells. All souls perished in the disaster. Local folks say that if you climb to the crest of the hill at the bloom of the full moon, you can hear the voices of the lost souls singing hymns.
The hike to Boo Boo Hill was a simple one. …you know, the kind I prefer. ;))
And lucky for us, the day we hiked was slightly overcast and relatively cool, which is always an added bonus.
It took us about 20 minutes or so to hike the trail through several mangrove nurseries, a small creek, and then up the actual hill. We only spotted a few lizards on the hike there.
But we did get a nice bird’s eye view of our pretty little sailboat.
Throughout the years, cruisers have been leaving driftwood momentos at the very top of Boo Boo Hill, thereby creating a driftwood monument, if you will. We even recognized a few cruiser boat names from our travels!
We, of course, couldn’t hike the trail without leaving our own driftwood piece!
So, Jereme got to work creating our very own sign. Yes, Jereme. Not me. Surprised? He’s quite crafty when he wants to be. ;))
We hiked up Boo Boo Hill and tried to secure our “LAHO” sign in the best possible spot. We attempted to be a little “extra” crafty and added a string so the sign could hang from someone else’s driftwood piece in a prime spot.
If you happen to visit the Land + Sea Park and hike to the top of the hill, keep your eyes peeled for our LAHO sign. We’d love to see if anyone spots it in the future!!!
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