Loving Long Island
05 February 2008 | Thompson Bay, Long Island
Long Island is located in the southern Bahamas just south of the Exuma Cays. It extends 75 miles form Cape Santa Maria in the north to South Point and nowhere is more than 4 miles wide. Unlike the majority of the islands which have rocky sandy soil Long Island has fertile soil and the "pothole" method of farming is used. The farmers dig potholes in the soil and grow corn, bananas, pineapple and other fruit. The Loyalists settled the island in the 1790's when they fled from the victorious Patriots in the American Revolution. They were successful in growing cotton and raising stock however with the abolition of slavery the plantations were abandoned.
Today Long Island has a population of 5000 and is a friendly island which we have had fun exploring. We spent our first two weeks on the windward side of the island in Little Harbour and Clarence Town then sailed north around the very looong island to Santa Maria and onto Salt Pond, an anchorage half way down the island on the leeward side. We are anchored with 10 other boats and this is the most boats we have seen since we left the Virgin Islands! We have enjoyed our solitude over the last month and a half however it is nice to have neighbours again. Daniel made the comment the other day, "Dad is social again!" he was on the beach with Daisy on their morning walk and was busy making new friends (he has quite a few empty spaces on his friend card). And believe it or not but we actually went to a Super Bowl party! There is a nice small bar, Parrots in Paradise which was showing the game. There must have been 30 people there! wow! John was thrilled because his team, the Giants won!