01 January 2016
The weather has been beautiful. We ride bikes, walk on the beach, explore the area by dinghy and sit by the pool everyday. We went to a pig roast and beach party with a live band on the day after Christmas. There is something everyday for everyone. Monday night is two for one Margarita night with a movie by the pool. Tuesday night is Bahamian music on the beach. Kirk "Da real conch man" sets up his stand on Wednesday. He has a pickup truck full of conchs. He showed us how to get the conch out of the shell. He let me pull it out. I have seen this done on video, but the conch was much bigger than I thought. Then we watched as he chopped the conch, tomatoes, green peppers, onion and added lime juice, salt and a little hotsauce to make conch salad. We bought a pint and had some with our dinner. Yum!! Thursday night is pizza night. Friday is the fish fry at Coco's . Saturday night is prime rib night at Spinakers and Sunday is a pool party with island dance music. We stop by Florence's bakery almost everyday to see what she has made. She has coconut bread! It is just out of the oven, warm and delish!
I was afraid that Carl would get to comfortable here to leave the dock to explore some other islands. I am the one getting too comfortable. The beach, the pool, the laundry lady.......what else could a girl want? Actually, I was happy to see Carl checking the weather on Christmas Eve. We are planning our next destination.
On both Boxing Day and New Years Eve, Junkanoo is a traditional Bahamas celebration. It can be traced back to their African slave roots. It is thought that the word "Junkanoo" comes from one of the first African slaves brought here. John Canoe fought for his people's right to celebrate the holidays in there own way. The tradition has been brought back after almost dying out. The celebration includes parades with ceremonial dress, masks and music of drums and cow bells. The largest celebration is in Nassau. The Abacos has it's celebration in March, geared towards the tourists. I made masks for us, just for fun.
New Years Eve
We had dinner on the boat. We walked to Tipsy's for a drink by the pool and then to Coco's on the beach. The stars were spectacular as we walked down the dock to the boat. Then, as we stood gazing at the stars by the boat, we had a perfect view of the fireworks. Back on the boat we watched a little of New Years Rockin' Eve, knowing we will never make it 'til midnight. We can hear the music from Tipsy's well into the night.
New Years Day
We took the dinghy out to explore some more. We found a pretty beach. I added to my shell collection and we saw three rays. I almost stepped on one that was buried in the sand.
We had collard greens, blackeyed peas, stewed tomatoes, conch salad and coconut bread for dinner. An island twist on our usual southern New Year's dinner.
Some say that on New Years Day you should do what you want to be doing all year. Over the past 30 years, I have spent New Years Day socializing with friends and sailing. We even broke the ice to get our boat in the water a few years. I have wonderful memories of my sailing club in Richmond. Once again, I'm on a boat hoping to sail soon.