adventures of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 through 01/11/09 have been published on
the website. We continue with the
2009 #03 01/12/09 thru 01/15/09
last update, we were aboard AMARSE at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour
Marina in the Bahamas.
MONDAY BOAT HARBOUR
The weather took a little turn toward the cloudy side as a weak cold
front entered the area. Overcast
skies threatened rain for much of the day.
This did not hamper the fun factor for a small group of adventure
seekers. Robert Wilson (SEA ISLAND
GIRL) had arranged for the rental of a van to tour the southern region of Great
Abaco Island. Offering to share
expenses with a total of eight folks, the individual cost was reduced to a
At 8:30am, we all jumped into the van and headed south through town.
Since traffic follows the British pattern of driving on the left side,
the flow is oddly reversed for most Americans.
After about an hour’s journey, we arrived at our first beach location.
Robert was driving and Peggy O’Neill (MORE ATTITUDE) was the trip
planner and navigator.
Crossing Rocks was the first location on our excursion.
We were totally amazed by the huge numbers and varieties of tiny shells
heaped up on the beach.
Here, the search for sea glass pieces was very successful.
The various plants and flowers were visually captivating.
Our chauffer, Robert Wilson…
Leaving our southern most point, we headed back north, leap-frogging to
numerous beaches along the way.
Each different beachfront had an individual character all of its own.
No two were the same and unique treasures were found at each succeeding
Sifting carefully through the seaweed clumps, Peggy O‘Neill found a
beautiful “sea bean”.
Her ultra-sharp eyes spotted this highly coveted “hamburger bean”.
These little treasures are so cool.
No one else in the clan was fortunate enough to snag any.
I crawled up through some brush growth to take a peak inside this little
Peggy O’Neill (MORE ATTITUDE) and Judy Law (AMARSE) continued their
Our chauffer and tour director, Robert Wilson (SEA ISLAND GIRL) was ready
to move along to the next exciting vista point.
This shallow area along Casuarina Point beach is world famous for its
bone fishing excellence.
Simple arrangements of driftwood and flotsam fishnet become esthetic
works of art…
Come on, Judy, Robert is ready to move along on schedule…
A short visit to a former bone-fishing camp held interesting sights…
Now here is a sight you won’t see often…
Please, Robert, allow me to explain… The song is “Row, Row, Row Your
Boat, Gently Down the Stream; Not “Mow, Mow, Mow Your Mower, Gently down the
I like this picture and I LOVE this gal…
For our lunch break, the group elected to visit Pete’s Pub at Little
Harbour. (L to R) Robert Wilson,
Judy Law, Gary and Lillian Zelinski (TOUCAN), Terry Ziegler and Peggy O’Neill
Fred Reed (AMARSE) on the ocean side of Little Harbour…
What a lovely bunch of coconuts…
The mooring field in Little Harbour is tranquil under threatening
Heavy rain and virga are ominously evident in the northern sky…
Bar area of Pete’s Pub…
Sculpted bust in the art studio of Pete Johnston’s workshop…
Make sure that you check the security and condition of the mooring
attachments whenever you take your site choice.
Of course, it is your ultimate responsibility for the safety of your
Lots of interesting artworks are available in the museum and salesroom…
Modeling one of her spectacular jewelry necklaces, handcrafted in her
signature-style, crocheted technique, I am more convinced than ever that Judy
Law (AMARSE) looks stunningly gorgeous. The
shells are of the “limpet” variety that she has personally found along the
tropical beaches here in the Abacos.
The adventurers… (L to R) Gary, Carolyn, Robert, Judy, Fred, Lillian,
Terry, and Peggy…
Look what Peggy found… No, I’m not referring to the sea-fan; I’m
talking about the “Blaster”, Pete’s Pub’s infamous rum concoction made
with a highly secretive, proprietary recipe…
On our way back to Marsh Harbour, Robert channeled us into the Abaco Neem
Store for the review of the special skin care products manufactured here in the
Abacos. Many folks rave about the
miraculous powers rendered from the little beans’ extract.
If you think that we’d had all the fun we could stand for one day,
you’d be wrong. Back at the
marina, our friends on JOHN HENRY had been highly successful in their quest for
spiny lobsters. We were fortunate
to have been invited to share in their bounty.
They were marvelous… too marvelous for words…
(L to R) Paul Graham, Wink Thornton, John Thornton, Sue Graham, Sherry,
Judy, Wilma Thornton, and Stephanie Thornton.
It was the combined efforts from the Thornton clan that harvested the
limit of fresh lobsters today.
Everyone enjoyed a few rounds of the card game, Apples to Apples.
Stephanie and John Thornton (Wink’s brother) are visiting from San
Diego, California. Thankz guyz…
TUESDAY BOAT HARBOUR
The majority of the day was occupied in preparations for the annual RMHYC
Chili Cook-Off. 29 eager chefs vied
for top honors in this year’s competition.
In four categories (mild, medium, hot, and unusual), the masters of the
galley formulated their individual variations of the hardy specialty.
One of Dock 5’s entrants, David Crone (JAFTICA) rests patiently
awaiting the results of the discerning judges.
When is a “Baker” considered a “Chef”?
Of course, it is when that “Baker” happens to be none other
than Ted Baker.
The RMHYC “Director of Intoxicants”, Mr. Paul Graham, taste tests a
sample while overseeing his understudy mixologist, Mr. Tom Thompson (TOMLIN
Tables lined with shiny pots filled with signature dishes warm gently
over candle heaters while awaiting the verdict derived from the judges’ due
With hopeful aspirations for a winning selection, Wink and Fred
gaze on from the sidelines. With
their chef’s hats proudly donned, Wink somehow more typifies a Chinese cook
than a French Chef. Perhaps we
should rename him, Hop-Sing-Wink.
As the judging progresses, approximately 200 hungry guests arrive at the
Marquis Tent. Audrey (JAFTICA) and
Rita (MAGNUM OPUS) were the cheerful vendors of the club regalia.
Joan and Jim Elliot (CHRISTINE) couldn’t resist one of these colorful,
logo emblazoned satchels.
Before heading for the open bar, most folks tilted over a chair to
reserve their favorite seat. Gene
(LO QUE SE A)(L), Lois (PUFFIN), and Judy (LO QUE SE A) hoist a glass in the
The honored winners of each specialty category smile with
intense pride in their accomplishment. (L
to R) David Bauereis (TAR HEEL) for “Unusual”:
Terry Ziegler (MORE ATTITUDE) with his “Mild” entry:
Jack (guest on WILD ROSE) with his blistering “Hot” blend: and Bill
Gravelle (GUANA CAY) secured the “Medium” trophy position.
In the overall win of top-honors, Terry Ziegler won hands down.
From my viewpoint, every entrant was a clear winner.
The RMHYC guests were, of course, the real beneficiaries.
My entry must have tempted the judges.
AMARSE’s CHILI-CHILI BANG-BANG, touted as being a concentrated “SKID
MARK IN A BOWL”, was nothing less than “Super-Chili-Fragilistic,
Robert Wilson’s “Sweet PotCake Pride Chili” could easily have been
All the fixin’s were arranged through the services of the Abaco Beach
Robert Mitchell (ORINOCO) entered the “Unusual” category with his
unique “Buzzard Breath Chili” that featured venison imported from their home
in Montana. Check out their cost
Chef David Bauereis (TAR HEEL) managed to sway the judges into his corner
with “Carolina White Lightning Chili”.
Everyone had the perfect opportunity to check out his or her favorite
selection from the vast array… I
wonder if anyone needed a handful of anti-acid pills after unmercifully stuffing
themselves with just one too many spoonfuls of spiciness.
WEDNESDAY BOAT HARBOUR
With the Chili Cook-Off behind us, everyone’s attention was turned to
the upcoming “RMHYC Commodore’s Ball and Mardi Gras Theme Party”.
An interesting character, named Boudreaux LeBlanc, claimed to be calling
in from his boat “ZYDECO” moored in the bayous of New Orleans. He
called in to the morning radio meeting to tout the event.
With his deep southern, Cajun accent with French undertones, his enticing
spiel had many members hustling to secure their tickets for the limited seating
event. Although not scheduled until
February 13th, the tickets were selling out at record pace.
Ol’ Boudreaux says, “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler”, which means, “Let
The Good Times Roll”…
Intrigued with Judy’s
beautiful, handcrafted necklaces, Stephanie Thornton was pleased to select a few
to take home to California with her.
Judy and I were delighted with an invitation to dine aboard S/V TAR HEEL
with Bette and David Bauereis. In
keeping with the New Orleans theme, they served a wonderful Gumbo and homemade
biscuits. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy…
THURSDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Rita Wieczorek hosted a ladies luncheon aboard their lovely yacht, MAGNUM
OPUS. Judy was enticed to teach a
class on crocheted wire techniques. Peggy
O’Neill and Kathy Sales skillfully taught the gals how to wrap sea glass with
wire. Jewelry making has become a
popular pastime for many of the boaters here in our community.
Most of my day was occupied messing with computer stuff centered on the
iTunes program for iPod music.
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