Happy Thanksgiving from Aria
29 November 2013 | Rose Island, Bahamas
We spent Thanksgiving anchored at Rose Island, a string-bean-shaped cay not far from Nassau. Weather conditions were not good for a trip to the Exumas, so we downsized our ambitions and are making the best of things in the New Providence area. The cay has a great anchorage protected by reef on two sides and the island on the third side. Deep water along the shoreline provides a channel in through the reef.
For Thanksgiving dinner, rather than attempt to prepare a poor imitation of a proper traditional dinner, I invented Thanksgiving Binner. Binners are popular with the Hetzers, so I took all the leftovers from Tom Leonard's delivery stash and made the binner to end all binners. I baked biscuits and made southern gravy with sausage, eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns and orange juice, with pumpkin pie for dessert. We ate it belowdecks while winds howled 25kts overhead. Then, shoulder-to-shoulder on the settee we played cribbage and watched a movie. Perfect! Which only served to prove that Thanksgiving is not about turkey and football, but about being with the ones we love, and actively appreciating each other.
The next day, the sun found a chink in the cloud cover, and I went snorkeling, then we all climbed into the dinghy and explored Rose Island. There's a club there called, Sandy Toes, which is where this picture was taken. Rain returned and I was getting a bad vibe from the crew: a stuck-in-a-leaky-tent-in-the-Adirondacks kind of vibe, so we weighed anchor and returned to Paradise Island. Today we'll hit the straw market, then Atlantis, then find a barstool to watch the Carolina-Clemson game.
I hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving, too. And we wish you all a very happy (somewhat belated) Thanksgiving from the decks of the good ship Aria!