July 1 –

Wake up, give Bubbles her morning scratches, workout and then coffee with a view.

After breakfast the plan was to pack up and go float at Galloway.

Every damn time, my breath is taken away at the beauty of this spot.

After we walked around a bit, Mike had to go get our food out of the car, I called it Ubereats Island style.

We hung out for a while, floated down the cut and did another sandbar beach walk.

I faded fast after all the sun, so we packed up and headed to the apartment. We decided to stop at St. Peters and St. Pauls Catholic Church to see if we climb the tower, sadly the doors were locked today.

The afternoon consisted of baking breakfast bars and Mike made fish stew for dinner. He also created a dessert to die for. He is now and forever in charge of dessert creations on vacations.

We sat in a different spot for sunset viewing tonight.

Another lovely day.

And for those of you have read these over the years, thank you from the bottom of my heart. However these blog posts at the moment have become a chore, so this is the last post I will perhaps make on a daily basis.

June 30 – Food

Pretty much that was the theme – Food.

First though, Bubbles and Desperado greeted us as we went down to workout. Actually Bubbles dropped in from the half wall between the units, startling me. Bubbles has not lost her dramatic flair.

The posse didn’t escort us down for a workout today.

Can’t beat the workout view or the dip in the water after a workout.

Coffee with a view returned vacation edition. Outdoor seating has shifted from last year, trying to find just the right spot for morning photos. I’ll keep at it.

We spent much of the morning, shopping at three grocery stores. Boat came in last night with provisions so we were able to stock up on lots of goodness. Even picked up some frozen hogfish from local fishermen.

On our way back to the apartement, dilly lady had to two trays of dillies out. I left some money and took a tray. She was nowhere to be found, I hope I left enough.

Once all the unloading of groceries finished, it was lunch time. We had our island grilled cheese sandwiches at the gazebo, hung out, went for a quick swim.

As usual the heat and sun drives us in around 2 p.m. We spent time napping, snack prepping for tomorrow’s adventures (unknown yet) and making dinner. Even made dessert using a few ripe dillies, gingernut cookies and a piece of dark chocolate.

Dinner and sunset finished off the day. See, it is always about the food with us.

Travel Day – June 29

Up at 3:30 a.m. to catch a 6 a.m. flight. At checkout counter by 4:30, lines were insane. If we didn’t have upgrades, I might have had a heart attack induced by anxiety that we would never great through the lines.

First flight left on time, mid air we get a notification our next flight is delayed by an hour. Our connection was tight to begin with, but this was pushing the limits.

Flying into Nassau

Landed in Nassau, breezed through customs/immigration then it started to fall apart. We had 25 minutes to spare to check in on Southern Air. We waited and waited for the bags to come shooting down the carousel, my anxiety hitting a new peak level

Five minutes left, I ran over to the ticket counter and explained we are here, but we are waiting for our bags to unload. Agent told us to file a claim to have AA bring the bags to their counter and they would get put on the next flight in the morning. I text yelled to Mike the plan and told him to get back, she was closing checkout.

Lucky for us, two young girls had four bottles of booze they wanted to carry on, nope had to but it in luggage. The task of them doing that, then undoing it and redoing it, sucked up time. Mike made it back, then received a notification our bags were unloaded. Pleaded with agent and she gave Mike 10 minutes to run over, get bags and bring them over. He was over 10 minutes, but we have bags. Once again, we were told the bags would go on the morning flight.

However the agent took pity on us and our bags made the flight. Who cared about the clothes, it was the seven pounds of coffee that someone needed (and I’m not that someone).

7 lbs of coffee

We landed on Long Island with our bags.

We went straight to the apartment, unloaded a few things, then headed out for groceries. On our return from shopping, we ran into our friends Elizabeth and Dan.

Once at the apartment, we unpacked, made dinner, and watched the sunset. It was a long stressful day, but we made it with 7lbs of coffee.

Day 42 (but really it was day 45 🤷🏻‍♀️)

It’s taken me a couple weeks to write about our last day, our travel day. I guess I didn’t want to admit this summer was over.

Up early to eat breakfast and enjoy the sunrise. Our host and friend, told the cats to go out and bid us farewell until our return. Bubbles and Desperado, made for an entertaining final breakfast.

We left the apartment at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t get home till 10 p.m. We learned a valuable lesson, don’t travel through Nassau on a Saturday because it’s cruise ship day. Nassau was the busiest we have even seen, even more so than on December break.

I cried when we left Long Island and I teared up when we landed in Connecticut. It was very hard to leave because of the amazing time we had. I cried when we landed because of fear of a second year of covid teaching.

I don’t know how to wrap up this post, except to thanks to the people that made this a wonderful trip, especially our host and grateful for the experiences we had.

Day 41

Our last workout here and our last lingering breakfast (it didn’t include Bubbles the Beach Cat).

We headed up South to make our last visit to Gordons Beach. We walked north for 1.5 miles. We were bar hopping island style on our way back.

We arrived back to the apartment to do the dreaded task of packing and cleaning.

We were graced with a beautiful sunset tonight, guess the island is saying goodbye, please return next summer.

Day 40

It was a morning without Bubbles the Beach Cat today. I missed her joining in our workouts and having breakfast with us.

We had to head down North today to give our coffee mugs their permanent home on the island. An insta island friend loved them, so we handed them off. She gifted me with a lovely purse to go with my new dresses she made for me earlier in the trip.

After that we went to Galliot Cay to snorkel. Sadly the visibility was murky, so we abandoned our snorkel and walked for 1.5 miles.

There was no Bubbles the Beach Cat to enjoy the sunset with tonight. Insert sad face…

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