adventures of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 through 01/08/09 have been published on
the website. We continue with the
2009 #02 01/09/09 thru 01/11/09
last update, we were aboard AMARSE at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour
Marina in the Bahamas.
FRIDAY BOAT HARBOUR
It was another picture perfect day in the top of the Bahamas.
At 10am, we got the word that a group of folks would be taking their
dinghies to Tahiti Beach. It is a
wonderful place on the southern tip of Elbow Cay near Tilloo Cut.
At the lower end of the tide schedule, it is a really magical place.
Joan and Jim Elliot (CHRISTINE) are suited up to snorkel along with Paul
Ed Zellers (M/V TALLY HO) found these two, gorgeous species of conch (pronounced, "konk").
He holds a “King Helmet Conch” in his right hand and a “Horse
Conch” in his left. Generally speaking, most conchs
live on sandy bottoms among beds of sea grass in warm tropical waters.
Look at the magnificence of this King Helmet Conch, a true marine
gastropod mollusk. Legend
has it that a giant King Helmet seashell was used to protect King Neptune from
his enemies. I’m not sure exactly why or how, but that's the strangely
wonderful thing about legends; they don't have to make a lot of sense if you
Is this a tropical paradise, or what?
The shallow water is so clear that this starfish seems almost
Look how this submerged sea urchin utilizes his surroundings to
camouflage himself… Better be careful where you step and it is always best to
wear some kind of footwear.
Thousands of these tiny periwinkles have found a comfortable home around
View out past Tilloo Cut to the Atlantic Ocean…
This is abnormally calm today…
After splashing up on the shoreline, the receding ocean water carves
channeling niches into the rock.
Low tide looking along the coral shore toward Tahiti Beach and Lubbers’
We found lots of lovely, little shells including these tiny sea urchins
and limpets. Judy will use the
limpets to make island jewelry.
That wonderful bunch of “Kidz” just playing at the beach…
All that beachcombing worked up an appetite.
The dinghy parade headed toward Cracker P’s Restaurant on Lubbers’
Sue Graham (ODYSSEY) and Judy (AMARSE) at Cracker P’s Restaurant…
(L to R) Sue and Paul Graham (ODYSSEY), Paul and Mary Shidlowski
(PROPINQUITY), Ed and Shirley Zellers (M/V TALLY HO), Lois and Carl Lantz
(PUFFIN), Gene and Judy Koetitz (LO QUE SE A), Jim and Joan Elliot (CHRISTINE),
and Judy Law (AMARSE)…
Beautiful view from the Cracker P’s inside dining area…
Cracker P’s Restaurant was named for an interesting, reclusive
character that lived here on this cay many years ago.
With a somewhat shaded past, his story intrigues visitors today…
Lois and Carl (PUFFIN) have been married for over 50 years… They still
playfully enjoy every moment of their togetherness.
Belly up to the bar, folks…
section of Cracker P’s outside dining area…
As we were returning to Boat Harbour Marina, we spotted ORINOCO gliding
across the Sea of Abaco. Robert and
Patty Mitchell and their guest, Susan from Nevada, gave us their friendly waves.
The grounds of the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina are
beautifully landscaped with some tropical flowers.
For all of you enduring the hardships of a cold winter, just imagine how
great it is to gaze upon these magnificent blooms around here in the middle of
January. Wish you were here…
Wink and Wilma are hosting his brother, John, and wife, Stephanie from
San Diego. Wink and John were quite
successful in capturing these large, spiny lobsters from under their rock
ledges. Yep, there are more of them
in that big, insulated cooler…
SATURDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Some of the fun-loving cruisers organized a “Full Moon Party” on Dock
7 for this evening. Most everyone gathered at the Gazebo at the edge of the Sea
of Abaco for friends, food, music, and dancing.
The deep-sea fishing experts, Jim and Kathy Fenn (FENNDERS), caught some
giant Wahoo. Kathy turned the succulent fillets into this artistic and
scrumptious platter of smoked Wahoo salad…
If you’ve ever tried it, you would surely agree that it is even better
than albacore tuna salad. Just a
few crackers and, “Wahoo…”
Ray Vallerie (LAST DANCE) set up the music using his fantastic selection
of dance tunes stored on his computer. The
amplifier and speakers then pump out plenty of beat to shuffle your feet. Dave Bluto and friends put up the festive lights.
Wink is an accomplished dancer. Judy
was eager to learn some new dance steps from him.
Dock 7 is around on the other side of the marina from AMARSE.
We rode our bikes over and back.
HARBOUR to LITTLE HARBOUR
The weather and sea state were very cooperative for an extended dinghy
adventure. With our dinghies all
fueled up, Paul and Sue Graham led the way for our day outing to Little Harbour
and Pete’s Pub.
Little Harbour is about 16 miles south of our marina.
The picturesque location has been made world famous by its premier
resident, Pete Johnston. Pete has
lived here since he was a very young lad. When
his family came here in 1952, they lived a subsistence lifestyle and even lived
in a cave adjacent to this bay. The
story of Pete’s adventuresome family has been published in a very interesting
book entitled “Artist On His Island”.
Pete owns and operates a very successful, beachfront pub and the art
gallery that carries his magnificent sculptures that are created and foundered
This is Pete’s art workshop.
Examples of his talent are located around the area.
His favored medium appears to be bronze cast in wax.
I love this stingray.
Inside the museum and salesroom…
The eclectic bar is adorned with loads of customer T-shirts with
interesting inscriptions. Paul and Sue wasted no time in finding the friendly barkeep.
A nice, cold Kalik beer was just right to wet the whistle.
Sea turtle in patinated bronze…
Just on the other side of the sand dunes, both the enormity and
magnificence of the Atlantic Ocean are breathtaking.
The intricate nature of the flora is a feast for the eyes…
Small pools form in the jagged coral rock as the waves crash relentlessly
at the shoreline.
Paul Graham had the best seat in the house to observe the beauty of the
The turbulent ocean claimed another victim here on the coral rocks.
A careless boater found himself at a serious disadvantage when trying to
match wits with an angry ocean.
The remnants of his nearly new, 150-horsepower outboard lay in a shallow
pool after being ripped from the stern.
A boarded walkway leads back from the ocean side to bay side and the pub.
There are only two stoplights on this entire island.
You won’t get a ticket for running this one.
At the other in downtown Marsh Harbour, you will.
Judy, Paul, and Sue chat with Kay Politano, owner and operator of the
scuba diving school and guide service known as “Above and Below Abaco”.
Headquartered at Boat Harbour, she is well regarded as the very best
around these parts. Everybody loves
This better be a “green light” cause there ‘ain’t no stopping’
for these two…
Pete’s workshop, studio, and foundry…
It takes a clever artist’s eye and imagination to create a simple work
of art like this…
Judy and Sue pose with Pete Johnston.
The return dinghy trip was a bit rougher as the winds were picking up.
Fortunately, they were from our stern and the spray was mostly diverted
forward keeping us from getting totally drenched. It took us about an hour to get back to the marina.
I estimate that the dinghy gets about 10 miles per gallon while running
at approx. 90% power and yielding about 17-18 mph.
Over smooth water, we can achieve slightly over 20 mph at full blast.
Hold on to your hat…
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