Long Island, Bahamas

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

It's been over a week since my last entry. Jim and I arrived on Long Island in the Bahamas along with other family members including Jim's brother John, John's friend Amy, my brother Grant and his wife Layne and my dad, Ron. We are renting a beautiful 4,000 sq. ft. ultra modern home on 4 private acres along with its own beach cove. The water is aqua and crystal clear along with the sand being a powdery white with a pink tinge. It's gorgeous! We've been relaxing, reading, knitting, snorkeling, eating, sunning and kayaking. A true vacation! Not a lot of fish here, but I have seen a shark, sting ray, and many sponges. The coastal terrain is made up of limestone that hovers just above the water. There are many small caves and I can only imagine what it was like during the pirate times here in the Caribbean.

Our excursions consisted of a trip down south, or as the locals say "Up South" (they live in opposite world) as well as a trip "Down North". Our trip to the south led us to the village of Clarincetown where we attended the Boxing Day (day after Christmas) festival which is the biggest event held all year. It was a church event with games, local Bahamian food and bingo. Whoo Hoo! With a population of 3,000 you can imagine there's not much to do here. After some conch fritters and a few games in which I won a mug, Irish Spring and Dial soap and a nail clipper we headed further south to check out the house Grant and Layne are buying and the beach it's located on. The beach was gorgeous other than all the trash that was washed onshore from Haiti. Actually, Jim stated that he felt like the Native American with the tear in his eye in the commercial back in the 80's. Grant and Layne will do a beach cleanup once they own the house. That's going to take weeks! But the ocean was nice. We say a Lion fish which is poisonous and lots of coral, but the coral looked dead, either from global warming, or the pollution from Florida. It's hard to say from where.

The other excursion led us "Down North" to the resort town of Stella Maris. Wow! The sand was like powder and mixed with water resembled mothers milk. It felt so good on the toes. We are going kayaking up there in a few hours.

There is not much of anything on this island, including high speed internet, so we are forced to use dial up, which means waiting...and waiting... and more waiting.

John and Amy left Saturday so we are down to 5. We leave for the Bahamian island of Eleuthra on the 5th until the 17th with Grant and Layne while dad leaves for home on the 4th.

A few days later...

Yesterday was screwy. At noon all 5 of us packed ourselves into our rented Toyota Corolla and headed "up south" to check out a really nice beach (as Layne had described to us). This car has a ground clearance of 3 inches at the most and most of the roads are rocky which leaves us to get out of the car while Jim drives over the rockiest parts. We walk ahead of him clearing rocks from the road to make it easier.
Ten miles down the road our little car decides it's had enough and overheats. It looks like the universe had a different plan for us as we break down right in front of a boat jetty. A few minutes later, Charlie a new friend and Realtor down here pulls up out of the water with a few dozen lobsters ready to be eaten for lunch.
Charlie is a character. Grant and Layne met him on the plane the last time they were here. He's an American expatriate who previously lived in Hawaii. He married a Bahamian woman (Joyce), got fed up with the high prices and growing population of Hawaii and moved to the Bahamas. He's a talker as I suppose you need to be as a Realtor and a fun loving, humorous guy.
Charlie invited us to lunch once we let the car cool down. It was out of water. Some friendly Bahamians who stopped by earlier to see if we needed a hand had returned from stopping at home and getting us some water. So nice!
Charlie and Joyce have a nice setup right on the beach. He has his boats and toys and runs his real estate business from home. Joyce quickly cooked up the lobsters and we talked story for a while.
"Wanna check out a cave?" Charlie asked. Sure, why not. So we drove down the street to Chris's house who was the scuba diving supplier we rented our gear from last week. The cave is located right next door to his house. As we entered the cave, Charlie gave us the tour just as though we were at the Louve. As we moved further into the cave I got distracted by the very large and numerous cockroaches that inhabited the cave. "O.K., I've seen enough". I shouted. "I'm outta here!" You see, I hate cockroaches. I can handle snakes, lizards, mosquitoes, rats, but I can't stand cockroaches! So I quickly turned around and headed straight out the cave. As it turns out, I missed out on a lot as the rest of the group loved it. Oh well, I ain't no fear factor contestant!
We drove back to Charlie's to collect a very satisfied Jim who made himself very comfy under the gazebo. He hadn't found God, he had found a high speed internet connection! You see, there is only dial up at the house we are renting and Jim is going out of his mind. Charlie has satellite wifi, Jim was a happy camper.

We packed in the car again and drove south looking for Chez Pierre, a restaurant off the beaten path. So far off that we couldn't find it and turned around, plus the ground clearance was getting sketchy. We now were heading north and guess what? The car broke down again! So we waited, then filled up the radiator with the left over water our generous passerby's left us. That was it, we are trading in the car! We arrived at our rental agency (if you want to call it that). The "wife" as she called herself got us set with another car, which happened to be an exact replica of the other car we were driving. We were happy to take it but laughed at he absurdity of the situation. At least this felt a little higher off the ground.
We continued to drive north looking for the "Chinese" restaurant we passed by a few days ago. Couldn't find it, so we went to Stella Maris Resort. They weren't serving dinner yet, so we packed up into the car and looked for the "Chinese" restaurant. Finally! We found it. This was the most bazaar scene I've seen in restaurants and SO Bahamian. The restaurant had been open a week. The booths were so far apart from the tables that only a 500 pound person would be able to sit there and eat comfortably, plus the table was cut about 2 feet shorter than where the booth ended. THIS it's the Bahamas. Everything is ass backwards! Plus, the only "Chinese" item on the menu was shrimp fried rice and sweet and sour chicken. It was so wild.
By the time were done eating it was around 8pm. We had left the house at noon. So what did we really accomplish on this item other than driving for 7 hours? Who knows!

Today there is a front that has blown in. It's cold! I don't think we'll be dong much outdoor activity today. Fine with me. I'm happy knitting or reading my book.

To Yarden: Got the book "Eat, pray, love" and I love it. Thanks!
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