Friday, April 4, 2014

The end is in sight (which usually is said happily. Not this time. This is a very not happy time)

Bahamian adventure ends tomorrow. Thought I'd just put up a little point form list about what we did here. If you don't want to read the entire blog, this is like a gloss over.

  • We drank so many frozen drinks. Daiquiris, Coladas, I think someone even had a Mojito at one point.
  • I know that we dodged a bullet by skipping the worst winter in, like, 30 years, but it was still occasionally cold here. Like, not "put on a sweater" cold, but if you just got out of the pool, and your beach chair is in the shade, and there's a slight breeze, it becomes uncomfortable to drink a frozen drink.
  • We went scuba diving. Several times. Kimmy, Corey and I are now PADI certified rescue divers.
  • Good, solid wifi is a godsend. I never realized how important that extra mb/s really was.
  • The stars here are beautiful. 2 days ago, middle of the ocean, no land in sight, with a new moon. It's a toss up between then and in Algonquin park for where the brightest stars I ever saw were.
  • You meet some really weird/awesome/interesting people on a trip like this. 4 different families had sold everything they owned and now lived on a boat for life. 1 person had 76 pairs of shoes. 1 person was crewing on a boat that had crossed the Atlantic. It was the first time that he had ever been on a boat in his life. He was cool.
  • We ate some really good food on this trip. Ribs at a bar in North Bimini. Cracked conch on a picnic table on Little Farmer's Cay. Chicken Wings at Sticky Fingers in Charleston. A pulled pork sandwich in Key Largo. 5$ burger night at Sharkey's. Onion rings on Staniel Cay. A daiquiri on Harbour island. Prime Rib in Solomons. Mexican food on Great Exuma.
  • There is a rumour that if you watch a sunset over the ocean, there's a flash of green just as it goes under the horizon. I've watched many sunsets, and I have yet to see it.
  • Never, ever speak ill of your boat. It will get mad, and the next day something will break. This has happened to us three times.
  • Granny Smith apples are better than Galas.
  • The butcher shop on Exuma is amazing.
  • The water here is bluer. This isn't some "The water's always bluer on the other island" thing, it is actually bluer.
I'm probably going to add more bullets later.

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