Mooney 63U Has Officially Left the Country

Six different frequencies, and an hour and half over open water has landed us in the Bahamas on North Eleuthera Island.  Being completely honest, we actually arrived a couple days ago, but everyone here is on island time including me so I’m just now finishing this blog.  I mean it’s so hard to work when your view from the front porch looks like this:

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I have to admit that there isn’t much to do on the island itself but if you have a boat it is a ton of fun.  Go out fishing, snorkeling, and kayaking in the beautiful blue waters and you will be guaranteed a nice relaxing stay.  But back to the journey here.  It all began the morning after my last post.  We went out to the airport, prepped and loaded the plane, and soon we were taxiing out to 10R for takeoff.  After getting airborne we were handed off to Miami center to pick up a squawk code for crossing the defense boundary, At this point this was what we were looking at.

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bye bye, east coast.

This was kind of a stressful time because Miami handed us off to about 4 different frequencies before giving us a squawk code, and the US border was coming up quick, But they finally gave it to us and we were on our way to the Bahamas.

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This is a sight I never thought I would be seeing from the cockpit of the Mooney.

Our first contact with the foreign country came when Miami center released us from flight following and we contacted Freeport Approach.  The man in the tower was very chill and told us to report 40 nm southeast (outside of his airspace) before letting us go about our own business.

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Freeport, one of the first islands with civilization we saw.

About an hour later we arrived over Eleuthera Island and caught our first glympse of Spanish Wells.

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the little blurry town is Spanish Wells, historically the last stop of Spanish trade ships restocking their fresh water supply.

Before no time we were landing at North Eleuthera airport; Mission complete.

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I tried to get a better picture but this is all I could manage.

A couple minutes to get our passports stamped, and a short ferry ride and we were seeing Spanish Wells from the ground for the first time.

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Beautiful, colorful town

Well that’s it for now.  I’ll check back in when we head out.

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They drive golf carts around here.
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