TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 0 NM
DOCKED AT BIMINI BLUE WATER RESORT
$1.00/FOOT AND $20.00/POWER=$73.00
SUNRISE IN BIMINI: 6:56 AM
SUNSET IN BIMINI: 5:29 PM
Quest received her third and fourth coats of varnish today. With only a light sanding between coats it is moving much faster now. We hope to apply two more coats tomorrow then we should be traveling on Saturday.
With our morning varnishing session done we jumped on our bikes for a ride to the hardware store. Oops! Flat tire! Thankfully we caught it before leaving and Dan gave it a quick pump-up that held for the ride. It just gave us one more thing to look for at the hardware store.
|CAN YOU SAY "FLAT"?|
Lunch today was the ultimate Bimini experience. The local lunch wagon (make that a station wagon) parks in front of the Straw Mart and dishes up scrumptious plate lunches to those of us lucky enough to be there at the right time. Her $7.00 plates might feature a generous portion of fish, chicken, stuffed lobster, conch chowder, meatloaf or various other tasty items. Then there is always rice and two sides that you may choose. Mac-N-Cheese is a Bahamian staple but sides may also include potato salad and mixed vegetables. We feasted on fish and chicken with lots left over for tomorrow. If you venture to Alice Town, don’t miss this treat.
Needing some kick-back time we hopped in the tender for an enjoyable ride. Well, maybe not so much. Exiting the shelter of the harbor we encountered the real force of the gusting wind and decided not to venture too far. We did find what we assessed to be a “fishing boat hotel” and its fleet of boats. The paying guests go out in the little boats seeking nearby prime hot spots and, hopefully, return to the mother boat for meals and lodging. Even the hardy “fishing guys” had abandoned their hunt and were safely back on the large boat.
|ALL THE FISHERMEN WERE ALREADY BACK HAVING EARLY COCKTAILS|
AND TALKING ABOUT THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Thursdays in Alice Town are busy with the weekly mail and supply boat’s arrival. The Emerald Express comes across from Florida with supplies for all the stores and resorts as well as the mail. This week the excitement was stepped up a bit when the captain managed to ground her while as he attempted to give the dredge operation a wide berth. Needless to say, his exit came to an abrupt halt as tugs pushed, locals shouted out encouragement or taunts and everyone waited for the incoming tide to accomplish what man or machine could not. I’m thinking that captain was some pissed!
|THE EMERALD ISLE HEADING OUT|
(AND BEFORE SHE RAN AGROUND)
We enjoyed a fun evening at the Bimini Big Game Club when all the boaters from Blue Water Marina ended up there for drinks, dinner or just dessert. I think we ended up with ten adults and three kids. Lots of tales were told advice given and received.