Abandoned and Elevated

(Lee Stocking Island, Exumas, Bahamas)

At the recommendation of our friends we moved down to Lee Stocking Island today. This Island is home to a marine research center. Or at least it used to be. The center is now abandoned and its substantial infrastructure is now a ghost town.

I’m talking docks, multiple homes, extensive plumbing, electricity, and roadway infrastructure, man-made ponds, laboratories, mechanic shops, supply shops, airstrip and a hanger. It was incredible walking through it all. Well, to be honest, at first it felt like the beginning of a low-budget horror movie. I was just waiting for the deranged sociopath to creep out of the shadows and bar the doors behind us. Never happened. Pfewf.

Touring through the labs and shops it was boggling to see everything that was simply left behind. The research center was run by a non-profit organization and was established in 1970. That’s the extent of information I found on it. No reason for its closure. I imagine the cost to demob an establishment like this would be huge, but I couldn’t help but feel there was so much waste. Albeit things had definitely been stripped, the massive Detroit Diesel generator’s copper wiring was long gone.

Even the vegetation was stunning. A lot of it was obviously natural, but there had definitely been substantial landscaping throughout the “living” area. The 6 foot aloe plants certainly put my little aloe back on Oceanna to shame.

After our solo tour of the research center we hiked up to the highest point on the Exuma Chain. Now don’t be overwhelmed by this nameholder, Perry’s Point is a soaring 123 feet. Peanuts compared to the old Death Race days. It was a fun hike though and gave a great view of the Exuma Sound with access right down to the outlying beaches.

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4 comments

  1. delma · · Reply

    Great Selfie!!!! Love the plumeria(my fav.) You described it perfectly!!!!

  2. Sue Wright · · Reply

    Hi Greg and Kaycee … just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your blogs and photos. Loved seeing the ‘water hogs’ recently and totally agree with your University of Cruising piece:) There is soooo much to learn when travelling … safe travels to you … xo

  3. Donnie B · · Reply

    Oh hizzy… Perry’s. So you guys survived? Good!

  4. So sad. Thanks for documenting this. I was curious and I came to this page from here :

    http://www.tribune242.com/news/2014/sep/30/the-battle-for-2017-votes-is-on/

    This is a common outcome out in those cays, it’s been going on for hundreds of years.

    Does anyone know who the new owners are and what they intend to do out there?

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