adventures of 2006, 2007, and 2008 through 12/10/08 have been published on the
website. We continue with the
2008 #34 12/11/08 thru 12/20/08
last update, we were aboard AMARSE at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour
Marina in the Bahamas.
THURSDAY BOAT HARBOUR
It continues to be a
little windy here in the Abacos. The
weather is absolute gorgeous otherwise and we have very pleasant temperatures in
the low 70’s F during the day and mid 60’s at night.
These conditions are excellent for sleeping at night and walking in the
Here in the Bahama
Islands, his type of dog is
known as a “Pot-Cake” dog.
There are numerous, similarly looking dogs that seem to roam about
freely. The origin of the unusually
different name came from years ago when these type dogs were fed the leftover
scrapings from the cast-iron pots in which the natives made cornbread or, as
more commonly called, “Johnny-Cake”. Nowadays,
these canine descendents know exactly where to go to be fed by sympathetic
visitors. Guessing by the scratch
marks and crusty paws, it appears that this little fellow may be suffering the
bites of a few thousand fleas. Cute
as he may be, I don’t think that I will get too close.
During our morning
walks, we see numerous examples of this lovely, tropical tree called, the
“Christmas Palm”. The name
comes from the beautiful red and green berries that grow from the main stalk.
Boat Harbour Marina,
where AMARSE is berthed, is collocated with the Abaco Beach Resort. This is one of the resort’s, hotel-style buildings.
The grounds are quite lovely.
Some of the girls have
been walking at a furious pace everyday. Their
daily speed walk takes them over 4 miles and seems to be taking a toll on those
tender “tootsies”. Judy has
developed a nasty blister on the ball of her foot and another of her walking
partners has that toe blister. Lots
of others have been bothered with similar painful foot problems. It is “First-Aid” time for these “ouches”.
Oh No, Oh No, I’m not going to kiss it and make it better…
heritage, Wink (yellow shirt) is an expert at all things tropical.
Here, he is giving a short seminar on how to shuck a coconut to a
fledgling beginner. John Thomassen
(OUR TIME), an Ontarian from Canada, comes from that northern area in Ontario
where there weren’t very many coconuts for him to practice with, however, he
aptly demonstrated that he was a great student and a quick learner.
After peeling away the
tenacious husk, a skillful rapping will crack and split the inner nut. By gosh, I think he’s got it…
Wink and Wilma sip
some of the sweet coconut milk from its own loving cup.
Ann (RAGGEDY ANN)
holding “Scrappy”, Shirley (M/V TALLY HO), Judy (AMARSE), and Mary
(PROPINQUITY) were on hand to audit the seminar.
I continued my work in
the engine room to identify and mark various wires and power cables connecting
the DC electrical system. Using
colored tape and colored wire ties, I am hoping to make future identification
and troubleshooting much easier.
Wink and Wilma hosted
our dinner aboard JOHN HENRY. Wink
prepared a saucy, beef stir-fry served over rice.
Judy made crisp lettuce wedges heavily drizzled with fresh blue-cheese
dressing and crumbles. Andrew and
Vanessa brought a fruit custard with whipped cream.
Wilma made “Haupia”, which might be described as “stiff pudding
squares”. As I understand it, the
Luau dessert is coconut flavored made by soaking milk in a coconut and
solidifying it into squares. Wink’s
Dad loved “haupia” and it was one of his favorite sweets.
At evening game time,
Judy clinched the six rounds of “Apples-to-Apples” to win the card game.
We had lots of laughs and we also suspect that a certain amount of
interactive nepotism was going on behind everyone’s back.
Once again, I was up
until after 2am. This time, I was
preparing and sending picture files to Rita for inclusion in the RMHYC
newsletter. I seem to lose all
track of time.
Judy was able to get
out to walk a bit today but those pesky blisters caused her significant
discomfort and pain. We joined
Bette Bauereis at the resort pool for water aerobics.
At 7pm, many of us
gathered on the beach to enjoy the resort’s “Full Moon Party”.
The resort had offered a special, 2-for-1 admissions pricing for all
RMHYC members. This brought the
masses of cruisers out of the woodwork and onto the sands.
Mike and Pat Beneville
(LIBATIONS IV) were enjoying the great party…
The band was terrific.
Entitled, the “Impact Band”, they played a wonderfully varied
selection of tunes. They have
mastered the famous “Motown” sound.
The well stocked bar
started serving the thirsty folks…
groomed, sandy beach was neatly arranged with lots of tables and chairs. Tiki torches accented the beach theme.
Fred and Judy (AMARSE)…
This is what it was
all about, the strikingly bright, “full moon”.
Everyone was milling
about enjoying the music, drink, food, and camaraderie.
What would a beach
party be without a huge bonfire? They
had a wildly, hot blaze roaring in the sand dugout.
RMHYC friends, Dick
and Ann (RAGGEDY ANN) and Ray and Pat (REFLECTIONS)…
Carolyn Wilson knows
now, for sure, that Santa Claus is really real…
Everyone could have
easily been full from the delicious appetizers of Conch Salad and Wahoo Salad
snacks. That didn’t stop the chef
from serving the dinner course. The
foil twists contain roasted conch and veggies that everyone raved about.
specialties included grilled Wahoo and chicken.
Of course, there were plenty of side choices to tempt the palate.
How about a huge chunk of that “Johnny Cake”?
The bandmaster (right
at controls) organized this talented group of locals.
He is also one of the bellmen at the resort.
Many of the group were
ready to “howl” under the light of the full moon.
Della captivated her
audience with several magnificently performed tunes.
Everyone begged for more. At most times, Della is the lead drink mixologist at the resort’s
For those willing to
brave the intense heat of the bonfire, sticks with marshmallows were available
Judy Williams (SHADE
MOR) maintains a respectable distance from the fiery embers yet inched in just close enough for
a perfectly golden brown tint on those sugary, white puffs.
Add a couple of graham
crackers, some rich chocolate, and, voila, Judy has put together the
finest “s’mores” in all the land…
Ahhh, finger-lickin' goodness...
Ahhh, finger-lickin' goodness...
Away from the fire,
the chill of the night and the seaside air had Milt Sales (LO KEE) bundled up in his
Now that was a nice
For Mike and Pat
(LIBATIONS IV), the flames of love still burn brightly.
These kids better
watch out for all those “sparks” under the glow of that full moon…
When I say that it was
cool and windy, you must understand that this is a relative set of terms.
Cool might mean in the sixties F, and windy might mean anything more than
peaceful calm. Given the
explanation, today was windy and cool.
Today, the big event
in Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island was the Annual Christmas Festival. It was a huge success and beckoned a large crowd of local
residents. The Royal Bahamas
Defense Force Marching Band played some of their rousing selections.
A covered tent
provided protective seating for dignitaries and spectators alike.
This brightly clad
young lady performed in a costume emphasizing the national colors of the
Now, let’s all sing
together in Bahamian style…
Rumor has it that the
US President-elect came to the island just to pose with the lovely Judy… Did anyone else see this on CNN news?
Lots of tent booths
were aligned to sell various decorations, jewelry, crafts, and other items to
Giving the keynote
address, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, took the stage to a cheering
Right Honourable Hubert Alexander Ingraham was sworn in as the fourth Prime
Minister of The Bahamas on May 4, 2007, following the general election in which
the Free National Movement (FNM) party triumphed over the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP). Prime Minister Ingraham is also Minister of Finance.
He grew up here in Abaco and retains his strong ties with the local
It was very refreshing
to see a national leader milling about amidst the people.
No large contingent of security was needed and no stringent protective
actions were required. It was a
feeling that I imagine was prevalent in the early years of the US government.
I think that we all wish that those days could somehow return.
Food vendors were
doing a brisk business hawking Bahamian specialties.
A razor-sharp chef’s
knife slices and dices through chunks of fresh conch for the makings of conch
…And the band played
I was extremely
fortunate to have the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, in-person, and to
pose with him for this memorable moment. (...captured by my personal,
ace-photographer, Judy Law)
The crowds continued
to grow and many families brought their children out for the show.
And a big show for the
kids it was. SpongeBob
SquarePants is the fictional main character of a Nickelodeon animated television
series. He is a naive and goofy sea sponge who works as a fry cook in the
fictional underwater town of Bikini Bottom.
SpongeBob SquarePants was right here, live and onstage…
star, Dora, the Explorer was here tonight… In every episode, Dora goes on an
exploring trip to find something or help somebody. Dora always asks the viewers
at home to help her find new ways to get to the places with the help of Map.
And Dora, the
Explorer’s best friend, a monkey named “Boots” was here with her…
The kids went wild
when their hero, Spiderman, jumped, leaped, and tumbled across the stage.
Kids around here will be talking about this special night for a long
The festival featured
a ceremonial tree lighting event.
available after his show to meet and greet youngsters of all ages.
Although there was a
Junkanoo rush planned, we felt that it was scheduled a bit too late for us.
In the dark, we rode our bikes the distance back to the marina bucking a
brisk headwind that made all the pedaling quite a challenge.
Another day of cool
temperatures and brisk wind restricted our travels onto the Sea of Abaco.
It was the kind of day
that lent toward inside activities. I
worked on pictures and update projects all day and well into the night.
Once again, I lost
track of time and stayed up until 2:20am trying to catch up on the website logs.
Sometimes, it makes me wonder…
It rained a lot all
day today. Now, you might think
that that’s bad, however, when we get this kind of day, we are sometimes
fortunate to have Judy Williams (SHADE MOR) arrange for “game day” at the
Angler’s Bar. When the call went
out, lots of folks from the RMHYC gathered around the tables with friends to
play the games of their choice. Eight
of us played “Farkle” while others enjoyed their choices of Mexican Train
Dominoes, Golf card game, or Abaco Horse Racing.
Everyone always has a great time at these fun gatherings.
Thanks, Judy Williams, for brightening up everyone’s day.
On the short walk back
to AMARSE, we got a bit drenched by the burst of a heavy rain shower.
The morning brought
extra delight with clear, blue skies, and a settled wind.
Lots of folks gathered for the morning walk at 8:30am.
At 11am, the
management of the resort arranged to meet with the resident members of the RMHYC
cruisers to discuss their plans to address the issue of internet problems.
I was pleased with their approach and openness to discuss our issues and
needs. The new management structure
appears sincere and that is a refreshing promise of great things to come.
Let’s all hope their expression of concern manifests into fruition.
Nothing very special
was planned for our evening; however, there was a cheerful feeling that filled
the air around Dock 4. Folks seemed
to dress up a little more special tonight, perhaps because everyone was just
plain happy to be here and to be together with our friends.
Although I can’t
explain exactly why, but even the appetizers seemed a little bit more special
Tonight, even the
notes from Sue’s Conch Horn sounded clearer and in a more perfect pitch and
tone to beckon the sun’s return.
Just moments after
8:30am, the walkers quickened their stride….
THE SILVER FOXES held
a snowman-naming contest to raise some money for a Haitian fellow that cleans
boats for some of the club members. For
a dollar a try, you had the opportunity to provide the white, fluffy,
carrot-nosed symbol of winter with an affectionate name.
Ed and Shirley (M/V TALLY HO) took home a bottle of rum for their entry
naming him, “MARSHY”. The name
conjured up a double entendre of our island home, Marsh Harbour, and, secondly,
his familiar resemblance to Marshmallows.
Judy and I rode our
bikes to a rummage sale to benefit the school at Every Child Counts. The learning place specializes in working with disadvantaged
children and provides specialized programs to aid in their development.
Many of the island’s foreign residents, both permanent and seasonal,
often assist as volunteers with this effort.
At the sale, Judy bought some pieces of fabric and I bought a nice little
My new pack provides
the ideal segue into my next thought. I urge you to take a look at the YouTube
presentation about our good friend’s charitable work in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Bob Allen has conceived and developed a benevolent program to bring
educational supplies and book backpacks to many of the economically
disadvantaged kids in rural areas. Bob has devoted his efforts to fostering the expansion of the
program and would love to have folks help support the program with their moral
and financial assistance. To learn
more, take a look at:
or go to
and search for Bob’s Backpacks. Maybe
you’d like to help too.
Ed and Shirley
graciously shared their bottle of spirits with the dock group.
Even the promoter, Jim (THE SILVER FOXES), gets to pour himself a tall
one. Wilma (JOHN HENRY) (in red)
organized the fundraiser.
sounds signal the setting sun’s retreat…
water-aerobics session had 16 participants.
Many of them had already begun the day with a walking routine.
Lots of folks here have a zest for life and endeavor to take steps to
enhance their everyday enjoyment. Bette
Bauereis leads the group with fun exercise moves to the music of the Beach Boys.
No wonder the tri-weekly sessions are becoming so popular.
I helped Judy with the
maintenance project of the day. Using
a long-handled roller, she applied a coat of water-repellant material to the
bimini top made of Sunbrella fabric. We
used a bit more than a full gallon of the liquid to apply the single coat.
The stuff we used is labeled by MaryKate and purchased from West Marine.
A gallon jug of the precious liquid will eat up most of your hard-earned,
Les Bon Temps Rouler” which translates from the French to, “Let the
Good Times Roll”.
Reach and stretch…
Reach and stretch… Reach and stretch…
We returned to Every
Child Counts (ECC) for a special addition to their sale.
A local photographic artist had donated numerous matted prints to benefit
the school program. I chose a nice
photographic print of newly hatched, baby turtles scurrying across the sand
toward their new ocean home.
As we left, I spotted
this strange looking creature resting peacefully on the stair railing.
I have no idea what it is or anything about it.
I do know that I’ve never seen another one like it before.
Perhaps you know something about this unusual critter.
It remained motionless and I didn’t attempt to disturb it.
The science of geology
fascinates Wink. He offered to take
me on a rock-hunting quest in search of unusual formations.
His efforts located
these lovely formations containing Calcite crystals.
This is an example of
some fossilized coral…
crystals… The crystals are a form
of Calcium Carbonate.
Some of the girls
gathered aboard JOHN HENRY for a jewelry-making session.
Judy taught them the art of making Christmas Tree Pins using wire and
After the morning
walk, the group of RMHYC members gingerly stepped into the cool waters of the
Bette Bauereis (TAR
HEEL) started the session with the warm-up routine.
Everybody seems to
have fun bobbing and kicking to the energetic sounds emanating from the portable
After a half hour of
standard moves, Bette transitions the group to “deep water aerobics”
techniques. Using the foam noodles,
she orchestrates the rhythmic motions designed to strengthen muscles and improve
As we walked back from
the pool, I thought that I might be meeting face-to-face with the famous “Wild
One”, Marlon Brando. Of course,
when I took a closer look, I realized that it was Dave Bluto and his lovely
bride, Barbara, scooting off to market.
Judy Law (AMARSE) and
Sue Graham (ODESSEY) are a couple of chicks that really know how to use their
ODESSEY) snips her husband’s hair at the dockside. Vic remained nearly
motionless hoping to avoid any inadvertent nicks.
She did a real nice job and Vic looked dashing with his new coiffure.
Here are some more
examples of Judy’s beautiful jewelry designs.
This is one of my
personal favorites. I love the
Ed and Shirley Zellers
(M/V TALLY HO) are looking sharp as they head out to Mango’s Restaurant for
the evening boat parade event.
Judy (AMARSE) had on
her RMHYC top as we headed out to the boat parade event…
Fred (AMARSE) was
wearing his RMHYC white hat…
Sunset photo taken
across Marsh Harbour from the dock at Mango’s…
The boats are docked at Harbourview Marina next door.
The manager of
Mango’s Restaurant and Marina arranged for an RMHYC, special-price event at
their Gazebo to enjoy tonight’s Christmas boat parade.
Soon, there was a continuous lineup at the outdoor patio bar.
David (TERALEE), Steve
(CHRISTMAS), and Terry (TERALEE)…
Ray and Pat
Roberta and Steve
A bunch of RMHYC
partygoers at Mango’s gazebo for the Christmas Boat Parade…
Although I tried, I
wasn’t able to clearly capture any photos of the brightly decorated boats
gliding past the dock that night. We
all enjoyed the evening.
Judy hosted a small
group of gals on the sundeck of AMARSE to share jewelry-making ideas.
The S/V TALLY HO was
just returning from a day sail. The
first order of business is to grab the docking lines from the pilings.
Ray and Pat (REFLECTION) tend the portside while Vanessa reaches for the
starboard spring line. Andrew
gracefully maneuvers the Hunter into her slip on dock 4.
A bunch of dockmates were on-hand to lend assistance with their arrival.
The evening gathering
of the Dock 4 cruisers stretched on into the dark hours. Of course, in these short days of December, dusk comes quite
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