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Another winter in Paradise !!
Capt Milly
29/12/2008, Nassau

I will be busy for a few day's checking out this boat that I heard about from Capt Ralph. I will keep you all posted and wish me luck (smile). If I can find a way it will be mine for a fine price....what will be even better is that if I can pull it off I will be looking forward to visitors from Canada ! This boat sleeps six very comfortably and the cockpit is massive. It needs some TLC but would be a great boat to charter out . Keep all your finger's crossed folk's. In the picture I am trying on the cap just for size.....
Skipper might have to leave for the Turk's, ( I don't think there is any room in the plan's for me ). I do not want to come home, therefore I have to find another boat.Nothing ventured,nothing gained ,just as the saying goes....

My neighbour
23/12/2008, Nassau

My neighbour's name is Wesley. He is very quiet but waves anytime he is going on his boat. In the morning I watch him get ready for his day's work....he sales starfish and conch shells down at docks where the crewship's come in. I am actually going to continue on this blog a little later as I wish to capture him on video when mother nature also decides to be my friend for the day ! He deserves and you guy's deserve to see a little more about his world......

Capt. Ralphs Boat
cloudy day....another front has moved in
23/12/2008, somewhere in Nassau

Tibb's Eve today in Nfld.....Happy Mummering everyone!!!

However, I am here in Paradise on Capt. Ralph's boat and feeling pretty good actually. Nice scenery here at the dock, life is quite different than being moored off in an anchorage.
Marina life versus anchorage... there sure is a different crowd here lol. No one has their laundry on the life lines for everyone else to see , nor do they shower with the solar bag. They have hot shower's just a few feet away..... however, I like life on Windigo. There is a saying that is just one word, it is called KISS. This means keep it simple stupid.
What am I doing you might ask.... well I am sitting here, people watching and living life in the moment. Christmas is the last thing on my mind. Survival of my mind, body, and spirit are the top thing's on my list.
Another big blow out today on the 26 fter that I do love very much. It has small quarters but it has large horizons and Windigo has been good to me ! I'm afraid the 640 Toronto weather report, dating sites, blog sites and crew finder sites kinda got to me. Butttt all of that is ok because that is just what led me to this adventure in the first place. I said in my opening lines "Welcome to my Adventure". Well , I'm not about to let it get boring at this point hehe...
and now I have to live up to my blog and my goal's that I made for myself at the beginning of this journey. Number one goal is for me to fine tune myself. That means my body, my mind, and yes even my spirit. I have to somehow not take this all for granted!!! Being in Paradise with no snow to shovel, no 20 below weather, no icy roads or icy door knob's (like in Edmonton a few night's ago ).Somehow I have to live everyday to the fullest, you guy's might be thinking here that this should be so easy and that I am ever so lucky. Lucky I agree but living every moment in the now takes some doing (smile). I have many decisions to make in the near future and we all know that what I put out there right now will determine where I end up. I am looking forward to the day's ahead and my eyes are wide opened to step into my next adventure .

The picture shown here is Capt. Ralph's boat.....just kidding

Green Parrot
23/12/2008, Nassau

My favorite bartender in the whole world. Alex is the man.....Green Parrot is the bar. I have known this young man for a couple of year's now and he also knows everything that is going on around here. We are anchored just a few feet from the Parrot and when we come to shore we have to pass through and sometimes we don't get very far !!!
We have met a lot of very nice people in this bar, we have enjoyed the food and music. Right at this min. I am treating myself to a vegetarian quesadillas for more than I can afford lol. This place is very good to the sailor's, it provides a great dinghy dock, good entertainment at timjes, cold beer and people like Alex working it it (smile)...... now I am going to update this blog and get some pictures out there to you folk's or this blog is going to get boring real fast....

Paradise Island Beach
23/12/2008, Paradise Island

This beach stretches for miles and miles. Any water sport you enjoy can be enjoyed here. On a beautiful day you have all the vendors out selling thier wares, jsut like any other beach in a tourist area. I like to travell on down to the quiet side of the beach and sometimes I wish they would walk all the way down to me and sell me a nice cold drink in a coconut shell but than again it's not in my cruising budget.There are many upperscale resort's along this beach and one night of lodging's is about the same as my cruising kitty for a month !
If I choose to walk over the bridge instead of taking the dinghy across the harbour this walk is about two miles . I can get plenty of excerise in Nassau, being on a sailboat one has to make a point of geting excerise when you can. I love the cruising lifestyle and sometimes I wish Windigo was big enough for me to have a kayak or a canoe on board, once we are out in the outback's although we explore every corner of any cay some of them are very small lol.

Potter's Cay
22/12/2008, Nassau

Potter's Cay is the place to go to people watch and to eat for very cheap ! This place is located underneath bridge two that goes over into Paradise Island. Something is alway's happening here, you look around and there are a few tourist, however, this is where the local's go to eat. I normally have conch fritter's, rice, platain, and coleslaw and a water for the grand sum of 6 buck's. Try doing that anywhere else on the island lol.
I look for the cleanest fish shack, (Dalphany's is my personal preference) I than plop myself down on the bar stool and settle in. I know that it will take a while but I am ok with that after all I too am on island time.
Every deal that you could think of can happen here. There is usually a table as well where the local brass are gathering around. Skipper pointed out to me a few day's ago that the gun's on their belt was about 30 year's old. He beleived it to be a 38 cab. just a snub nose Only in Nassau (smile).
In the evening you can entertain yourself here as well and listen to the lcoal music, rake & scrape...I love to watch them dance and I have to tell you they can really move.
The one bad thing about Potter's Cay is all the garbage created in the harbour. You can see all the starofoam floating by with the change of tide.

Unwelcome visitor
wind is 14 knot's out of the east at the momment, lot's of sunshine and the temp. is back in the 80's
16/12/2008, Nassau

I have now seen the granddaddy of all roaches lol. I am soooo happy that it wasn't my leg it choose to crawl over. We must have brought this on board with our groceries. We just had Windigo in tip top shape only to start all over. We bombed the boat and went to the beach for the day. There is a lot of cleaning and provisioning going on these day's with many walk's over the bridge to Paradise Island. In the picture, taken from the Green Parrot, you can see Windigo sitting pretty in Nassau Harbour waiting for our return and this time hopefully no unwelcome visitor's!!!!
We are going to stay here for Xmas and enjoy Junkanoo. We will do a shakedown cruise over to Rose Island soon as we get the right weather window (tried twice already) and we also have to stop going out everything night for pot luck's with other boater's (smile). Right now it's nice sitting here and getting used to living on a 26 ft boat again, also two people on a boat this size need time to get it together before venturing out...

Capt Ralph
Just another beautiful day....
07/12/2008, Nassau

This entry will be all about Capt Ralph. I cannot think what Nassau would be all about without our friend Ralph. He has shown us around this special place from top to bottom. Ralph has been here for year's and any of you sailor's need anything all you have to do is go to the Green Parrot and ask where you might find Capt Ralph. Every port has a person like this ....all you have to do is find them. I like to think that I am rather good at that , finding them I mean !
Below is a picture of Ralph taken at last night's pot luck here in Nassau Harbour. He has his arm around a charming young lady called Amy who came down here to help a friend take a boat back to Florida. You need to know that she has never sailed before.....what a girl !

On The water Again
Sunshine, light breeze
07/12/2008, Nassau

Windigo is happy once again! The mast went up yesterday, and finally we have some room below to start the big clean up!
Back home there is lot's of snow as you can see from the picture, this was taken just before leaving, too bad I did not have my camera when I got stuck in my friend's driveway. Thank god I had lot's of help to get out of there (smile). My friend's just a few day's ago told me that with the help of a new snow blower they are still trying to create a nice base for the winter. I think I messed it up for them ,but just a tad.....Sorry about that guy's.

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