Thursday, February 11, 2010

Connie and I have returned from a 9 day stay in the Bahamas. We spent a few nights at a condo in Marsh Harbour and the rest of the time with Jim and Iris, (Queenie) on Guana Cay. As always, the Bahamas has a special attraction for us even though it was breezy and somewhat cool. We spent time with some of the boaters that we've travelled with over the past 5 years, sharing experiences and enjoying tales of anchorages and marinas. We had a "to do" list of places that we hoped to visit and we were able to hit them all including Pete's Pub on Abaco and Nippers on Guana Cay. Connie managed to carry in the "makings" for several of her meals and we shared veal and peppers, pasta with meat balls and pork loins during our stay.
We elected to take the ferry from Guana to Marsh Harbour the day before we were scheduled to fly to Florida just in case the Sea of Abaco kicked up preventing our return to Marsh Harbour. Dave and Barbara, (Chablis) graciously offered us their guest cabin for Sunday evening and we all ate Dave's pizza, drank some wine and watched the Super Bowl.

Once we returned home to our condo, Dawne and Steve, (Size Does Matter) spent a couple of nights with us enroute from Ft. Myers to the Miami Boat Show. We enjoyed dining and sightseeing from Merritt Island to Port Canaveral despite a prolonged cool, (not cold!) snap.

Our Uncle and Aunt, (Ted and Doris) have just returned from a Florida based cruise and spent a week enjoying the beach and pool. Their son Ted, his wife Linda and sons took a day off from their Disney vacation to spend the day with us. We enjoyed lunch by the pool and did some surf fishing! My cousin came up empty handed, but his son Theo caught two! Theo told us that catching fish is, "all in the technique"! My guess is there wasn't much conversation in their van riding back to Orlando. It is so good to share this place with family and friends.

The weather in the Northeast has been bitterly cold with snow and high winds. Fortunately spring with warmer weather is just a couple of months away. Right after that.....The Rose will be back in her summer slip at Greenwich Bay North in Warwick Cove.

Stay warm!

Paul and Connie
Melbourne Beach, FL
m/v The Rose, GH37
Wharf Marina, Warwick, RI

Sue from Odyssey, a 37' Great Harbour. She and Capt. Paul are our boating "Godparents" and have led the way for most of the Great Harbour owners.

Carolyn and Casey Ross. Connie and I are among a trusted few allowed to sit with Casey.

Ocean view from Winding Bay, Abaco

One of our favorite destinations, Pete's Pub!
Great drinks and the best fish sandwiches.

         This is Peter from Summer Tilt,  a 36' Monk trawler. He,    Carolyn, Casey and Sammy have cruised with us since 2005.

Capt. Paul of Odyssey

Peter of Summer Tilt at the Jib Room for Rib Night

Paul and Sue, (Odyssey) took us to Elbow Cay where a group from the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club met for a rendevouz. We had lunch there on the waters edge.

Ted and Doris thought they were in for a vacation?

The crew enjoyed a day at the condo!

Guana Cay where we spent 3 nights with Jim and Iris (Queenie)

L/R Irs and Jim our hosts, Cranston and Gayle who were also guests.

Steve and Dawne (Size Does Matter)  visited for a couple of days.

Dave and Barbara from Chablis were our hosts before we flew back to the states. Pizza, wine and the Super Bowl; what a combination!


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