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Still in Bimini Part 2
02/18/2009, Bimini Islands

Later in the day Joan & Brigid & I walked into Alice Town to get some bread from the bread man. I think his name was Charles. He bakes it and sells it out of his house & as we got there he was just taking it out of the oven - what timing! As we walked into his house the aroma was incredible!!! I carried my hot loaf through town and managed to not rip into it! Joan said his was better than the bread ladies and after tasting it (I waited until I got it back to the boat) - I had to agree. At $4/loaf I wished that I'd bought two. It wasn't as sweet as the bread ladies but still had a slight sweetness to it. It made an excellent BLT for dinner! Hmmm - I got a little ahead of myself...

Along the way we saw a man by the water-cleaning conch so I had to stop by and chat with him to see what he was doing and how he was doing it. He showed me how to punch a hole in the shell to loosen the critter from the shell. He'd already done quite a crop of them and was in the process of cutting the conch up to package for the restaurants and locals. It looked like he pretty much cut everything away except for a section of white muscle. I asked if I could touch it - yes. It felt really firm. He said in order to eat it you had to bruise it first. I didn't quite understand what he was saying (his Bahamian accent) but he made this pounding motion with his hand and said something about a hammer with teeth and I got it (tenderizing it by beating it). He said it makes a fine salad, or fritters and something else... I couldn't believe the pile of conch shells that he had but he had a 5 gallon bucket already packed with conch on ice and was working on another 2 buckets.

Still in Bimini Part I
02/18/2009, Bimini Islands

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Well we're still in Bimini. The winds were gusting strong from the NE so we decided to stay put today. There's another boat heading out tomorrow for Nassau (Soooo Fine 2) so we thought we'd hook up with them and Aurora to go over to the banks and anchor then head on over the following day towards Chub Cay/Frazier Hog Cay. With a northerly heading towards us Morgan's Bluff wouldn't be a good anchorage (it's open to the north) so we'll wait to head down to Morgan's Bluff.

We went over to Layne & Joan's boat & Layne got me connected to a weak signal on the Internet so I was able to check out the weather and see if we'd heard anything from our lawyer (or anyone else). Mary, Steph and Randy checked in - Aloha Randy - hope all is well in Hawaii. I think of you and hope things are going better for you (I still have my moments). You realize if we ever do make it through Panama I have every intention of trying to reach you in our little boat...

Layne was showing us his You Tube videos on how to build wind generators while we were over there. Wow, excellent stuff! So we could have built one very similar to the KISS one we bought for a third of the cost. We'll have to check in on his videos periodically and stay in touch with them. They're from Wisconson not far from Green Bay so if we get the boat back home again we'll have to visit them for a sail on the Great Lakes.

Partly cloudy, mid to lower 70s
02/17/2009, Bimini, Blue Water Marina

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It was a cool, beautiful morning out with a good breeze. Made sausage and eggs and had some more of that delicious Bimini bread with it and we split a banana and orange. After breakfast we walked into Alice Town and out to the tip of the island where we'd come in at, to the cemetery and out to the wreck. I don't know how long it's been there, but it's pretty well mostly breaking apart. I couldn't imagine being the house in front of it watching it crash up onto the shore. Just think, for the next 100 years or so, they have a wonderful view of a rusting hulk sitting in front of their beach view and actually on their beach.

I was going to pick up another loaf of bread for when we leave tomorrow but the bread lady wasn't there today. When we got back to the boat I saw Denny standing out on the dock near his boat so we went over to say hi. They're going back towards Bimini Bay Resort with another couple (up the river) and wanted to know if we wanted to come along too but we need to get diesel before we can take off tomorrow. They plan on heading out tomorrow too so maybe we can buddy with them out until they head north. They're going to the Berry's and then toward the Abacos but we're both heading toward North Rock and Mackie Shoals? Another front is supposed to be coming in Thursday so we need to be tucked in off the bank by then. Rick (an instructor) was talking about going over to the End of the World Bar this evening so we might head over there too. It sounds intriguing.

Well we never made it to the Bar, we ended up over near the pool for sundowners with Denny and Brigid and Layne and Joan from the Shahadaroba (the motor boat 2 boats down from us on our dock). All the French speaking Quebec boats were by the pool also. After we got back to the boat I couldn't believe how cold I'd gotten. Made ham sandwiches with the last of the Bimini bread and now its time for some shuteye.

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