Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Doing it All with Beth

Beth probably preferred to lay out and soak in the rays, but I had fashioned a whirlwind tour of the Abacos during her stay. After a restful night at Matt Lowe’s Cay, we had a half hour sail over to Hopetown to catch the tide.
We joined Linda, Rick, Hannah and Jimmy, the Sojourner crew, for lunch at Harborside, took the obligatory walk up the lighthouse, and then Beth and Peter took a dip in the beautiful waters of the Bahamas.

Around noon the next day we headed to Man O War despite some wrong-way winds. It is such an interesting comparison to see the hard working folk of this settlement after visiting the transplanted party crowd at Hopetown.
We stopped by Lola’s for bread and conch batter and a little chat, then moved First Edition to anchor off Garden Cay for some SW protection and charter party anchoring entertainment.

As we had hoped, wind and seas settled down by the next morning and we headed to Fowl Cay for a good snorkel, spotting turtles and a ray with a remora hitching a ride and a fantastic variety of multicolored fish. Because no visit to the Abacos is complete without a Nipper Juice, we hopped over to Guana for lunch and a demonstration by the highly hormoned college break girls hitting on the well heeled fishermen older than their fathers.

We had a vigorous sail over to Marsh where the next morning we lunched at Curlytails before loading Beth into a taxi to head back home. Every visit from Beth is too short, and to make it worse, usually signals the time to head home ourselves.

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