|A Rainbow we enjoyed in Hopetown|
Dreams can come true...
When you plan a trip and study the itinerary and places to visit, you get an image in your mind's eye of what it will be like when you arrive. Usually, when you arrive, it is never like envisioned and it is different. That is not to say it is worse, but it is just different than envisioned.
This trip, this adventure, this discovery of the Abacos for our first time.....IT WAS FAR BETTER than envisioned. Yes, this could be one of our first trips, one of our first travels, where the destination far exceeded the dream. There is just something very special about the Bahamas. Their travel tagline is..."It's Better in the Bahamas!"...and we have to agree 100%, yes, it truly is.
|Treasure Cay Beach, one of the world's best beaches|
|350 Watts of Solar Power, we make our electricity from the sun!|
As for food, we provisioned all the food, flour, meats, cheeses, and snacks in Miami for two months (thank you Jeff & Sharon) and here we are heading home with a lot of food left over. So, we over provisioned, but that too was a learning experience. Try to imagine buying all the food, paper products, and snacks you need for 2 months. Act as if you will not go to a store for 2 months. It is interesting. We did very well with this and only spent about $195 during the seven weeks on fresh vegetables, milk, fruit and of course ice cream! We have been making our own bread since Thanksgiving, so bread is now very easy to make and we make it all the time now.
|Rental home on the harbor in Man-O-War Cay, arrive by kayak|
As for PHOTOS....in 7 weeks, we have taken 2,200 photos and 40 short videos and we have tried to share the best of the best each day or with each destination.
We thank everyone for following our first Abaco exploration and we thank you for the comments, emails and private messages as we sailed.
|Hayden and Radeen self photo as we realize the accomplishment|
of a lifetime dream as we close the Abacos Loop
7 weeks, 600 miles
Tomorrow, we depart West End Bahamas at 0630 hrs, heading west for the Fort Pierce inlet only 85 miles across the Florida Current (i.e. the Gulf Stream) We will then anchor in Ft. Pierce and the next day move up to Vero Beach, FL.
Our Next adventure....rediscover and re-enjoy the springtime trek northward on the ICW, IntraCoastal Waterway returning to Rock Hall, MD for Memorial Day.
Here are a few reflection photos of the DREAM COME TRUE....
|A Sea Biscuit Shell from down deep|
A treasure to bring home and share
|The beautiful blue waters below Tilloo Cay|
|Love this beach....it is our #1 spot...|
|50 MPH winds will snap your WiFi antenna|
Lucky for us, OII, Out Island Internet sold me a used one to fix it
|We had the honor of sharing the lighting of the Hope Town Light House|
Sam, the light house keeper is a very special person
|Grabbers Beach Bar on Great Guana Cay, dinghy in, drop anchor|
Spend the day by the pool and dance away
|Pete's Pub, Little Harbor, a treasure we found and left behind|
Take only pictures in the Land and Sea Parks
|Palm Sunday Services at the Hope Town Methodist Church|
overlooking the ocean and beach
|Afternoon dinghy races observed from our anchored spot, Hope Town|
|Nipper's Juice...One, Two, Three...Floor|
Stop at two or you could lose your mind!
|Sailing the Sea of Abaco, look, another beam reach|
|Our Island Packet Fleet as we ran into Abaco|
|The Island Packet Fleet Admirals at Green Turtle in their own ladies lounge|
|The presentation of our Island Packet Shirt at Spanish Cay Marina|
Happy Birthday to Radeen and Alan
|Yes, it is WINDY in Abaco...the cold fronts come in every week|
|Beaches....endless beaches....all for us to explore and enjoy|
|Great friends and team leader...SP CATSPAW, Carey, Bobbi, Tiller and Heidi|
|Sunrise over the bow of buddy boat Dragon's Toy, Great Sale Cay|
|Happy Day, we arrived, raised the Bahamas Flag and planned our explorations|
|We will never forget this scene as we came up onto soundings, and observed|
the blue water on the coastal shelf at West End, Bahamas