The highest hill in the Exumas Cays Land and Sea Park is called Boo Boo Hill located about a mile from the ranger station at Warderick Wells Cay.

Boo Boo hill isn't just any hill.  It is special because the summit is decorated with mementos from yachts who visit the Land and Sea Park.  Each yacht takes a placard, pennant, flag, carving, painting, or inscription, and places it on the hill  among hundreds of other similar memorials to their visit.

Donna is standing next to a Brazilian flag on which the names of the yachts TXAI and EXIT ONLY have been inscribed.  We cruised the Exumas in the company of Txai, and they donated the Brazilian flag with the inscriptions.  Now both Txai and Exit Only are memorialized on the summit.

It's fun to check out the names of the yachts and see the different approach used by each vessel to record their visit. Most people specialize in the signpost style, carving their names in planks and then attaching them to a tree or stake driven into the ground.

A few sailors express their individuality by painting their yacht's name in bright colors on a plank.  In this picture, the artists have used a turquoise theme consistent with the turquoise waters of the Exumas Banks.

These classic signposts do an excellent job of identifying the yacht and telling the month and year of their visit.  Some signs have the name of the yacht carved in relief, and the most elegant ones leave room to carve the dates of future visits on the same piece of wood.  Quite a few yachts have made four or five visits to Boo Boo Hill.

Non-conformist sailors choose offbeat ways to express themselves when they make a visit.  This painted animal skull is one of the more extreme examples of how one yacht made his trip to the summit stand out from all the rest.

Yachts are an expression of their owner's personality, and in a similar manner, the mementos they leave on Boo Boo hill reflect their personality as well.  I wouldn't attempt to psychoanalyze someone based on what I see on Boo Boo hill.  On the other hand, we live in an image-oriented world, and everything we do makes a  statement about who we are and what we think is important.  Each sign has a story to tell, and although the sign may be only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, the signs are not silent.  Based on what I have seen in the signs, I now have a list of yachts I hope to meet.

If you would like to see more pictures of the signposts, paintings and carvings from Boo Boo Hill, go to the photo gallery page and click on the Boo Boo Hill portfolio. You will be amazed at how resourceful and creative the sign makers are, and you might even start carving on your own plank that you can leave with pride when you make your own climb to the summit of Boo Boo Hill.


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Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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