Feb 22, 2011
. The locals were up in arms when the British government built it because it took away their livelihood - ship salvaging called wrecking. Next we got back in the dingy and motored to the Hope Town Sailing Club and tied up to their dingy dock and began walking. We stopped at this one gift shop and next door there was a group of Bahamians moving a pastel pink cottage off its damaged foundation by hand. They flexed long 2x10 boards up against the cottage and then as they removed the bow in the boards, the cottage rolled on 1" pipe onto a temporary foundation. It was an amazing feat of engineering. We then took a tour of the Hope Town museum and watched a short film on its history. The curator happens to keep a wooden power boat in Killarney, Ontario for the summer months. We stopped and bought fresh Grouper at a local fisherman's house and had dinner on Chad and Julie's boat. We had Grouper and Mahi Mahi grilled to perfection.
Tuesday, March 8 - We woke up at 6 a.m., before the rooster woke up! Took dingy ashore to the marina for showers and internet. We decided to get a slip this morning. The marina is undergoing renovation and they had quite a few empty slips without electricity or water, but the same price as a mooring ball, $20 a day. This way we'll be much closer to the showers and internet access. So Dibs and Savage moved to shore for the first time in two weeks. First item on the agenda is to climb the 102 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The stairway was narrow, winding and made out of wrought iron. I don't particularly like heights or small enclosed places, so as I was climbing I kept repeating to myself "I can do this, I crossed the Gulf Stream and the water was over 4,000 feet deep" over and over to myself. And we were at the top! What a spectacular view. We could see all the reefs and islands for 20 miles. The lighthouse was built by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service in 1863 and still uses a kerosene-fueled mantle and a huge rotating glass fresnel lens to send a beam of light which can be seen for 20 miles