This week we had the great pleasure of visitors from home! Paul surprised Marcy with a secret vacation destination, well deserved by both of them after a grueling exam period. Even up to the flight boarding gate Marcy did not know their ultimate destination, a fact the US boarder patrol officer did not find amusing. Once arrived and settled into their Georgetown villa Paul suggested they explore the town, specifically Regatta Park where festivities were being held for the Bahamas National Family Regatta. You should have seen Marcy's face when she saw Cassy and Dexter in the park. Priceless.
Well done Paul (CSIS / CIA anyone?)
The Bahamas National Island Family Regatta is the biggest of the year. “Work boats” from all the islands compete hard for bragging rights. These are beautiful vessels, with massive mainsails (booms extending well past the transoms) and relatively miniscule jibs. Crews hike out hard on trapezes. After the races the boats slide right through the cruisers anchorage, a sight to behold.
Paul & Marcy also brought us much needed supplies, a long and growing list I provided to Paul over the previous weeks. Paul, a sailor himself, is a huge DIY kind of guy (rewiring his entire boat, making his own davits and most recently raising his home's roof by eight feet) so I knew finding me exactly what I wanted was well entrusted. Paul did not let us down (and somehow hid it all from Marcy!). Most importantly Paul brought us much needed parts for our head. We'd been having major head issues for the past two weeks, which I've spared you the details of dear reader and which I will not go into now. Suffice to say that I've been down to Dante's fifth circle... at least. Paul also helped me with our generator, actually did it all himself while I was down in the inferno.
Paul & Marcy hope to go cruising themselves one day so I think it was a small preview for them. We toured the beaches, went swimming, hiking, dinghy tours, beach bars and spear fishing. At the same time we got a taste of land life again, staying in their villa for two nights (big unmoving bed, TV, dishwasher, laundry, oh my!)
Thanks for a great visit Paul & Marcy!!
Now we're off up north to Eluthera! See you soon!
|4000 nautical miles|
|Let go of the winter jacket people!! If you look closely he's got a ski ticket on!|
|White girl and whiter girl|
|School marching band, poor tuba guy|
|Security and back-up|
|Little drummer boy... in leopard skin|
|First in the phonebook|
|Dexter is a huge race fan|
|Shipping the race boats home|
|Dr. Marcy I presume|
|Guys it's so hot!|
|I'm going to take a little lie down here in the path|
|The party team!|
|Fixing boats in exotic places|
|Fish fry shack|
|Our catch: hors d'oeuvres really|
|Overwhelming need to sniff any animals butt|