Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas with the kids in the islands

Tuesday, 28 December, 2010

Here is a photograph of my friend, Karen Huff-Lowe in her Albury boat named "Lowe Pressure".  While Scott and I were in Hope Town harbour for several days, Karen would swing by and pick me up so I could walk with her, her friend Leslie and the 4 wonderful dogs.  Abby is the one on the bow and Callie is the blond in front of me.  The very gentle Rottweilers belong to Leslie.  It was great to be able to walk and chat with Karen, Leslie and "the girls" on the north end of Elbow Cay.

Our 4 kids flew into Marsh Harbour on Wednesday, Dec. 22nd for the Christmas vacation.  We all enjoyed a wonderful rib dinner that night at the Jib Room, complete with limbo and rake 'n scrape entertainment and then we headed over to Hope Town on Thursday morning with them.  We flew the jib on the way over and they all enjoyed the sail.  Once in Hope Town, we headed for our favorite spot.....On da beach.  Like us, the kids loved the view from the bar and we all had a good meal there.

Friday morning was Lexy's 18th birthday and we were lucky that Froggie's Outisland Adventures there in Hope Town had a snorkeling/dive trip that day.  We ended up being the only ones on the trip and had a great time.  It was Lexy's first time diving and she loved it!  Here, Meredith and Lexy get ready to go into the water.

Drew's all suited-up and ready to go.  The dive was in the national underwater park off Sandy Cay.

Part of the expedition was a trip to Pete's Pub in Little Harbour, somewhere we've been wanting to go for awhile.  Pete Johnston has his pub and bronze foundry there.

We all enjoyed lunch on the deck overlooking the harbour.  The coconut conch there is amazing!  Our guides for the day were Michael (L) and Francis (R).  Both were very knowledgeable and had great personalities.

Travis and Lexy, posing by a bronze turtle outside the gallery.

Christmas morning, we headed back over to the Jib Room in Marsh Harbour to participate in their potluck dinner.  It was well-attended and everyone enjoyed the wonderful ham and turkey provided by the Jib Room and the many side dishes prepared by boaters and local people.

Stephen is the marvelous bartender and assistant dock manager at the Jib Room, shown here with his artist girlfriend, Chelsea.  Note the Santa made from a coconut dangling over Chelsea's head.  Probably another design by our friend, Muffin.  Also note the many covered dishes on the counter, waiting to be scarfed up by hungry boaters!

The weather took a turn for the worse overnight on Saturday and we woke to high winds. cold and rain on Sunday.  Drew and Travis were great as they helped tighten lines and move fenders around on the boat as needed.  It was the perfect day for playing dominoes at the Jib Room and we had a big pot of black bean soup onboard that night, complete with cornbread.

The kids had to fly home midday Tuesday so we did a little shopping in town and then took them to the airport.  They all had New Year's Eve plans and were ready to see their friends back home.  They all enjoyed the visit and found the Bahamas a beautiful place to be....they just want to come back in warmer months next time.

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