Exploring Rock Sound
23 April 2011 | Rock Sound, Eleuthera
We took two trips to town today. In the morning we were going to walk down to the grocery store, about a mile away. When we got to the dinghy dock another couple was there. They had rented a car for the day and the woman was going in the direction of the grocery store to another dinghy dock at a restaurant where they had decided to leave their dinghy for the day, as it was not right in the center of town like the one we’re using. So she offered to take us to the store. That turned out to be very nice because the store was about a mile away, so walking both ways would have been quite a walk. Kitty-corner from the grocery store there was supposed to be a produce stand and we went there first, hoping to get local produce. We asked a couple of guys who were there and they said the old guy who ran the stand died a couple of years ago. No one sells produce around here anymore. I get the impression that farming is so difficult and economically unrewarding that it’s fast disappearing in the Bahamas. So we got our produce in the grocery store.
We took our hand cart so had no trouble wheeling our groceries back to the dock. By the time we got back to town, though, we decided we’d better just take the groceries back to the boat. Then Bud decided he needed a nap because the music at the Home Coming festival had kept him awake so long last night.
We waited until afternoon and then went ashore to explore the town. We walked to an inland blue hole that’s on the edge of the village and is a park and swimming hole for the town. They have steps built down the edge at one point. We walked around the park and I took a photo of the blue hole that I put in the gallery. Then we walked over to the beach where Home Coming was happening to see if anything had opened up yet. Home Coming is like Field Days back home. Most communities have a Home Coming weekend. Instead of rides they have a DJ who blares music. The food booths seemed to be just opening (it was around 2 PM). Bud got a fish dinner, I got barbequed chicken. Both came with rice and peas (brown peas that we’d call beans), macaroni and cheese and cole slaw. About the only thing we’ve had here that we hadn’t had before and is really good is conch stew or conch chowder. It’s really good, but we didn’t see anyone selling it at Home Coming. Bud said the Bahamas shouldn’t be known for either its food or its music. I guess I would agree, but the people are all so nice it’s hard for me to be critical. I still can’t get used to young black men in slouchy jean shorts who smile sweetly and say hello as you pass. As we left Home Coming it was starting to come alive and I took this shot of the area. The road is the main road of the island, as you can see there’s not too much traffic.
While we were in town I bought two days worth of Internet access from the local provider. I thought I couldn’t get the signal from the boat, but this afternoon Bud was able to sign on so I’m going to post this and yesterday’s entry from the boat. Then we have to stop and take Fuzzy ashore for his evening walk.