22 February 2019
Rusty and Wanda decided to rent a power boat. It is the fastest way to see more of the Abacos. We introduced them to Captain Forty and they hired him to take us on a tour. We left Treasure Cay at 9 a.m. this morning. It was cloudy and really looked like it might rain on us. We headed into the wind and towards the darker clouds. It was a lumpy ride as we passed Marsh Harbour. It was about 10:30 a.m. when we arrived in Hopetown on Elbow Cay. Hopetown is one of my favorite places in the Abacos. The sun broke through the clouds and it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day. Captain Forty dropped us off at the ferry dock and we made our way down the narrow streets. We walked over the hill to the beach. The sand is pink! We stopped for a scoop of homemade coconut ice cream. Yum! After taking lots of pictures of cute cottages and lush tropical foliage and flowers, we stopped in the museum and a few gift shops. I breezed through a yard sale and found a few treasures. Then I hurried to catch up with everyone. We boarded our boat and left Hopetown at noon. Our next stop was Man O War Cay. We got off the boat at Albury's Sail Shop. They used to make sails here, but now they make all kinds of bags. Wanda and I made our purchases and Captain Forty joined us for a stroll along the waterfront where we saw boats being built. We stopped at a fabric shop and I bought a Man O War burgee. Then, we were off to Orchid Bay on Great Guana Cay. Captain Forty recommended The Sunsetter restaurant at the marina for lunch. We invited him to join us. We all enjoyed our lunches of salad, burgers and lobster over looking the Sea of Abaco. It was after 2p.m. when we left Orchid Bay. The Captain took us on a tour of Bakers Bay marina. It was fun to get a peak at the homes of "the rich and famous"! We all got a little wet on the ride back. It was just a little salt water spray. Not a cloud in sight! We were back in Treasure Cay at 3:30. After fueling up, we asked the Captain to show Wanda and Rusty some of the canals behind the marina. He showed us a large motor yacht that he is delivering to Hopetown next week. We waved at his son as we passed by his boat. Carl and I met Captain Forty when we first came here 4 years ago. He is Florence Sawyer's husband (of Cafe La Florence). He was the Captain of the 'Treasure Queen', a sight seeing boat here back in the 1980's. He had a long career as a boat delivery Captain from the Bahamas to the U.S.. We learned more history of the Abacos and enjoyed hearing his personal stories. Thanks to Captain Forty for a perfect day on the water!!