Farewell to Davido
21 December 2015
Davido insisted on helping with some of our projects before he left, Saturday was spent rebuilding the forward head and cleaning and replacing the tank gauge for the aft head. Yup, both stinky jobs! We got our bikes off the boat and booked Davido's flight home for Monday. The winds have clocked around out of the north and are blowing 25-30. The temperature at night dips into the upper 60's. The sun is out most of the day and it warms up to the upper 70's. It is too windy to go to the beach. While I was cooking dinner, Carl bought conch salad, macaroni and cheese and a loaf of bread from a woman on the dock. We ate some of the mac and cheese with our burgers and baked potatoes. The mac and cheese is a Bahamian staple and it is delicious. It has some hot sauce added and then it is baked. Sunday the winds were still blowing 20-25. It is more overcast today with a chance of rain again, though we haven't seen any. Davido trouble shoots our new printer and gets it working. We enjoyed the conch salad for lunch. We have rented a car to take Davido to the airport in the morning. We are all ready to get off the boat for a while, so we walk to Coco's for a farewell rum drink. I made spaghetti for dinner and afterwards we have hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps while we watch Miss Universe. Monday morning we are all up before 7 a.m. We get our showers before breakfast and Carl makes bacon and eggs. Davido has his bags packed and we hit the road by 9 a.m. This is the scariest part of our trip so far. Carl is driving a right hand drive car on the left hand side of the road. I'm a nervous wreck! Carl does a fine job really, it's just me. Just ask Heather. I'm nervous when she drives on the wrong side of the road too! We make it to the airport in Marsh Harbour. We have to keep saying "to the left, to the left, to the left!" It was my idea to rent a car. I thought we might do a little sight seeing before returning it. We stopped for gas on the way back. We took the road along the water and saw the port. There were a few round abouts to negotiate. There is only one traffic light in Marsh Harbour. The land is flat with mostly pine trees and palmetto underbrush. We drove past the marina back in Treasure Cay to see what's at the end of the road. There are a few more resorts, lots of golf cart traffic and some beautiful houses along the beach. There is someone parasailing at the end of the road. We are happy to get the car back. After lunch we straightened the boat up a bit and moved some things to store in the forward cabin. We rode our bikes to the beach and spent the afternoon there. It is gorgeous today and there are quite a few people on the beach. There are lots of water toys out, including paddle boats, laser sailboats, paddle boards and kayaks. Carl brings me a Kalik beer and some conch fritters. Life is good!! We enjoyed having Davido with us and we're going to miss him. We learned a lot from him. I think he has missed sailing the Bahamas the last two years. Something tells me that he will have S/V Utopia back in the water and planning a trip soon! Fair winds our friend. Hope to see you on the water again soon!