Long Island, Bahamas
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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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"
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..
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
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
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
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!