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 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…

Day 39

Today was another good day, workout, breakfast, rain, rainbows, snorkeling and a few other things.

Bubbles the Beach Cat came by for the warm up but quickly had to be called in because the feral cat was causing havoc with the other cats. After the workout, breakfast included rain and rainbows, well maybe some cheering from us too.

We spent the morning snorkeling at Dean’s Blue Hole. We did spot a box jellyfish (yikes). FYI, this type of jellyfish is not lethal, painful yes, but not lethal. The water was clear and Mike was able to get down to the first ledge. Goals for next year, get me down there.

After that we went to Turnbull for lunch and waited until our appointment at the clinic. We needed to have a covid test to enter the US (we passed, are negative).

Day 38

It was another breakfast with Bubbles the Beach Cat.

We were invited to snorkel at a private spot today. It was a fun morning of snorkeling.

After that we headed over to Alligator Bay to have lunch. There is a beach hammock there, that has great views but it is a pain to get out of.

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