17 January 2016
I have discovered the spa and the gym. I joined the gym with my new friend Debra. The gym membership (only $30 a month) includes use of the sauna, jacuzzi and shower. We go every morning. There are also free aerobics and yoga classes in the mornings at Coco's on the beach. Debra took me to the heated pool at the Bahama Beach Club. We do our own version of water aerobics there. She and her husband, Bob, are on a boat just down the dock from us. They are from Canada, but have lived and traveled all over the world. Almost all of the other sailboats here are from Canada. Debra has been coming to the Bahamas since she was 12. She says that the brilliant turquoise Sea of Abaco is the prettiest water that she has seen anywhere in the world!
Carl and I like to have lunch at the Bahama Beach Club grill. The best food (and prices) so far! Then we sit by the pool, get in the hot tub and walk on the beach. Treasure Sands Club is at the other end of the beach. You can have lunch there and spend the day by the pool, too.
Carl made chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks. One of the reasons I needed to join the gym! I've been working on my culinary skills also. We bought some more spiney lobsters and I made pasta carbonara with lobster. We bought some hogfish filets and I made herb encrusted fish. I made chicken salsa verde with rice and another deep dish pizza in my cast iron skillet. I also made some hummus. I really like cooking in my galley! Yesterday, da conch man was by the beach at Coco's, along with some local women cooking bbq ribs, rice and peas, mac' n cheese, conch fritters and sweets. We bought conch fritters, mac' n cheese and pineapple and coconut tarts. Oh, and Carl wants me to make a lobster quiche. Back to the gym!
El Nino is creating some crazy weather everywhere. We've had some cool, rainy and windy weather. The derecho that blew through the Bahamas a week ago was much worse south of us. Many boats drug anchor and there were reports of boat damage and dinghies lost. No reports of injuries, thankfully. Winds were in excess of 100 knots! Today we had gale force winds from a system coming across the gulf stream from Florida. We decided to get off the boat at what turned out to be the height of the storm! We saw 40+ on the knot meter when we returned to the boat. The boats on the moorings were swinging back and forth wildly. The palm trees were bending and their fronds were blowing sideways. We put out double dock lines and rolled side to side, but we're thankful to be on a dock! The power was out on the island for a few hours, but everyone (including us) has generators. We were glad to hear that cruising friends in different places have weathered the storms o.k. El Nino certainly is keeping everyone on their toes!