Gotta Smile!

Gotta Smile!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

In Spite Of Us --We're Where We Belong!

December 2, 2013
Our beautiful anchorage!

As with most experiences in our lives -- things always seem to work out for the best…in spite of us!  I was disappointed when we had to return to George Town, but that quickly changed. We love this community  and the longer we are here the more we love about it.  I think it is going to be a perfect spot to entertain the two sets of guests that we have coming after Christmas.  Excellent beaches, restaurants, provisioning, scenery, a protected harbor and some of the most genuinely nice people we have ever met.  
AJ working his magic…..
When we went to Chat and Chill yesterday we met AJ.  He makes fresh conch salad on demand.  Today we went back to sample his work.  It was delicious!  He begins by finely chopping tomatoes, green pepper and onions.  Then he pulls the conch out of the shell, trims  and finely chops it.  Limes and oranges are juiced over the mixture and it is ready to serve.  The trick is to eat it from the bottom of the bowl so none of the juice is lost.

Back on the boat for dinner, Gail and I scored a home run with an improvised concoction that was a cross between fajitas and fish tacos.  Thaw a package of guacamole and cook up some beans and rice…….Yummy!    

December 3, 2013  
A stop at Big D's Conch Spot.  Walking up to
the  restaurant I saw a man making conch
salad.  I asked if he was related to AJ.
 Sure enough -- AJ's cousin.

John rented a car for the day so we could see the island from the other side of the beach.  We checked out Emerald Bay Marina which is north of us.  We will stay there for a month beginning the middle of December.  The marina is the opposite of the Exuma Yacht Club.  It has perfect floating docks and excellent security.  The down side--  it is in the middle of no where.  Like Exuma Yacht the personnel are wonderful.  While we have guests we will explore the neighboring beaches with the dingy for a day or two and then head back here to anchor at the Chat & Chill beach.
We were sitting in the cockpit, when we saw what we thought was a jet's contrail.  The more we watched; we realized it was a rocket launch from Cape Kennedy.  We could see two of the stages drop off.  What a great birthday gift for Brian!  Saved me buying him a gift.   
December 4, 2013
Brian's Birthday

John and Gail left today headed back to some seriously cold weather in Minnesota.  We have spent so much time traveling together over the years; it's like having family on board.  There is no requirement for planned entertainment.  We all work together without a discussion about who should do what.  Easy guests that are always welcome.  

After dropping them at their rental car, Brian and I strolled around town.   First, we're greeted by No No who works at the Yacht Club Bar.  She is the local 'Lucy' of Peanuts fame offering life lessons to all.  Sheldon is at the gas station.  He offered a prayer as we took off in the car yesterday.  Lots of concentration is needed to stay on the left side of the road.  Coming out of the bank, we met Ken, who is related to the families on Little Farmer's Cay (that we met last week) and is a pilot.  Time for a snack at the deli.  In walks Cleavon.  He sits down for a visit while he waits for his carry-out lunch.     Time to continue our walk around Victoria Pond with a stop at Eddies for Brian's birthday lunch.   This is what we love about George Town.  Say 'Hi' and smile at someone and they respond with an equally friendly response.  I know I keep repeating myself, but it is amazing how cheerful and friendly EVERYONE is.  

Gotta smile -- we're loving the ride!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the positive report on GT. How is the weather these days? From the photos it looks great. We are now in Phoenix. We expect Jon and Bonnie will be back in the USA tonight.