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The Baars' Adventure Aboard EIRA
Menno, Valerie, Daniel, John and their dog Daisy are off to explore the Caribbean Islands for two years-no-make that three years!
Go-Fast Boat
05/26/2008, Little Harbour, The Abacos

We spent a full day zooming across the Sea of Abaco in a "go-fast" boat- fun! Dixie having fun at the helm!

Our Last Hurrah in the Bahamas
05/25/2008, Hope Town, The Abacos

Guest Blog: Cruising with the Baars as seen through the eyes of Dixie: The Sokolow family, Tracy and Shane descended upon Hope Town for a week of festivities. Here are a few highlights of the week. The Baars crew gave instructions on coconut rum drinks with Daniel wielding the machete. Kathy was kind enough to give demonstrations. Cocktails were served with rum punches every evening- cocktail hour seemed to start quite early in Hope Town. The days were spent beachcombing, sailing and snorkeling. Shane and Tracy proved to be expert conch hunters. Annelise perfected her snorkeling skills and found that piggyback swimming with Shane was the easiest way to snorkel for hours. Daniel has been honing his spear fishing over the past few months and has a blood thirsty look in is eyes when discussing spear fishing. Little Valerie had a run in with a hermit crab and lost a chunk of her finger. However, she was more concerned about the hermit crab's well being than her own. We rented a fast boat to zoom around the cays. The art gallery at Petes Pub, on the beach, in Little Harbour was quite a surprise. Not such a surprise was John's ability to drive the fast boat - watch out Menno, he'll want to drive soon. Valerie was the perfect hostess and you have not lived until you taste her conch cerviche. Ben and Dixie enjoyed relaxing on the porch of the house "Summer Magic" on their first family vacation in 3 years. In short, a great week in the Abacos and we thank the Baars family for all they did.

Kathy and Coconuts!
05/24/2008, Hope Town, Elbow Cay

The versatile coconut. There are so many uses; the older brown coconut has nutty flavored meat, the young green coconut has sweet coconut milk, the husk can be used for starting beach fires, the inner shell is a great bowl. We found the green coconuts to be Kathy's favorite! Daniel would take his brand new very sharp machete and chop off the top of the coconut and make a hole through the top. Then the coconut was handed over to Menno and he was responsible for the very careful calibration of rum:coconut milk mix. A little shake of the coconut, insert a straw and VIOLA- Kathy has her coconut drink!

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