Brian and I were very excited to share a little piece of our paradise with good friends, Brian and Jennifer, who had visited us from their snowy home in Pennsylvania. Brian and Jennifer arrived right on schedule; their flight touched down at the Staniel Cay, Exuma airstrip and we got our first glimpse of their smiling faces as they waved to us from the tiny airplane's windows. Within minutes of their arrival, we had dinghied out to Rode Trip and unloaded their luggage. "Get out of those hot clothes!" we'd exclaimed. "You're in the Bahamas now!"
We began their vacation having spent a few days anchored at Big Major's Spot near Staniel Cay. The wind was howling out of the east and not due to let up until just before Christmas. So we remained sheltered. We awoke to the sounds of crowing roosters and bleating goats on Big Major. We certainly remembered to take a trip to the beach, "The Barnyard" to feed the pigs!
The wind and waves were too atrocious for long dinghy rides, so we had moved Rode Trip behind Thunderball Grotto for our first snorkeling expedition. We had the cave to ourselves! Brian swept me in through the entrance so that I would not be overwhelmed either by the current or by curious Sargent Major fishes. Brian and Jennifer explored each and every crevice.
From the start of vacation, the guys had very successful fishing excursions.
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left to right: Glass Eyed Snapper, Rock Hind, Squirrel Fish, Lion Fish (x2), and Bar Jack[/caption]
We'd celebrated Christmas at Black Point, Great Guana Cay, Exuma. Here, although a majority of the residents had departed to spend the holiday in Nassau, we found tremendous hospitality. We also had a fantastic internet connection at the boat which enabled us all to keep in contact with our loved ones during the holiday. We started our Christmas Eve festivities at the beach!
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Successful beach-combing, Heart Bean[/caption]
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Successful beach-combing, Coral Fan[/caption]
No trip to Black Point would be complete without a tour of the Garden of Eden. Here we sauntered through the beautiful driftwood sculpture and landscaping that this local Bermudian has designed at his home over the past 30 years.