02 February 2016
My sister, Annette, and her husband, Dino, arrived on Friday. They flew into Marsh Harbour at noon. I arranged for Sidney to pick them up. Sidney keeps his motor yacht in the slip next to us. He has a taxi business and came highly recommended. He was at the airport waiting for them and had them at the marina by 1:30. After we had a quick bite for lunch, Carl and I showed them around the marina. Then, we headed to the main attraction...the beach. It was overcast and cool and we all had on long pants and sweatshirts. We walked down the boardwalk to Coco's. The view of the ocean is breathtaking at the entrance through the open air restaurant. The island music lured us directly to the bar where we ordered a round of Goombay smashes, a plate of cracked conch and gawked at the view. As we commented on how pretty the water was, the bartender nailed it when she said "you should see it on a good day, it is four or five shades of blue". Annette and I would spend the next few days trying to figure out exactly what those shades of blue are called. It wasn't long before we picked our drinks up and made our way down to the sand and across to the edge of the water. We walked on the beach and then back to the marina. Annette and Dino unpacked and we all freshened up before returning to Coco's for the Bahamian Fish Fry. We all enjoyed the whole fried snapper with peas and rice. We were all up by 7a.m. Saturday morning. Carl cooked a big breakfast of bacon, eggs, grits and toast. The sun was peeking through a few lingering clouds and it was warming up nicely. We spent the morning on the beach and then walked down the beach to the Bahama Beach Club. We spent nearly an hour in the hot tub before lunch. We enjoyed fish tacos, lobster tacos, and chicken wraps. Then, back to the beach for the afternoon. We had a dinner of herb encrusted fish, broiled spiney lobster and slaw , with chocolate pie for dessert on the boat. After dinner we played Mexican train dominoes and had a night cap of limoncellos. Sunday morning we went to Coco's for breakfast. Afterwards, Annette and Dino rented bikes and we all rode to the end of the island, stopping at several "greenways" to the beach where we left our bikes to hunt for treasures on the beach. It was a good day for finding shells and sand dollars. We saw lots of starfish. We took pictures of some large, dark starfish and moved them farther out in the water to try to ensure their survival. We found two large conch shells that had their conchs removed and had been tossed in the bushes. They were beautiful shells and we decided to bring them back. Annette found a dried starfish and sea urchin. We were back at the marina at lunchtime. We spent the afternoon on the beach again. We left Annette and Dino on the beach to enjoy a rum drink (or two) together. Carl and I returned to the boat to start dinner. I made lobster quiche and salad for dinner. Miss Evelyn arrived right before dinner with her delicious mac n cheese and a loaf of french bread. A nice addition to our dinner. We had planned a dinghy ride, but we ran out of time. We sat in the cockpit after dinner and listened to the music floating across the water from Tipsy's. I wished that Annette and Dino could've stayed a little longer so we could go take an overnight trip by boat. I think they are already planning their next trip back!