We woke up on Staniel Cay and watched the sunrise with our tea. I know, tea. Guess where our ground coffee was? In our luggage that wasn’t with us (note to self, carry some with us at all times).
We enjoyed a breakfast of Mal’s pancakes and then gathered our meager belongings to begin the process of leaving Staniel Cay.
Our first stop at 7:45 was the airport to see if our bags arrived. Yes, they did, but our flight was to depart in an about an hour, so it wasn’t worth it to take them back to the house, shower, clean up and change. We claimed our bags and re checked them in and ourselves in. After that we went for a drive around the island, only taking a photo where the old Thunderball Club used to be.
After a drive about, we returned to the airport to catch our flight back to Nassau with our luggage. We left on time and arrived on time, the go slow not affecting us and there were no signs of it continuing today.
We checked into Southern Air with three hours to fill before we had to officially be in the waiting area. We filled that time with standing in line for eats from Dunkin Donuts and then went to find a “quiet” spot to eat and write day 1 trip report.
Around noon we moved over to our waiting area. Chatted with some people about our travels. One nice man told us his favorite high school teacher was his librarian. He loved her and she made such a difference in his life. We chatted for a bit longer and he randomly asked how long we have been married, we said 28 years and he said you are so happy together, glad we project that to people (and yes we are happy together).
Our flight was called and onto a co share larger plane we boarded. The doors were closed and then the pilot opened them to get out and he removed luggage. Our plane was overweight and random bags were removed. Guess whose two bags were chosen to stay overnight in Nassau? Ding, Ding, Ding our bags. At this point our luggage has spent more time in Nassau then we have.
We waved to our friends on Staniel Cay as we flew over.
20 minutes later we landed on Long Island and was greeted by Ernest who is helping out the homeowners of the rental house. We discovered that our luggage might be on the next flight coming in, on Bahamas Air. We decided to wait, but Ernest had other guests to bring to another house, so he called in a family member to bring us over to the house. After waiting a bit, we asked whether our bags were on the flight coming in, we were told no, but they should be on the morning flight tomorrow. Big sighhhh, not worth getting upset at, it happens.
We went to the house, with no stopping at stores because it is Sunday around 4 pm. and everything is closed. We did pick up two muffins for breakfast at DD, just in case we didn’t have any breakfast foods at the house. Well no need, fresh bread and guava jam, were waiting for us, we have breakfast food. Also beer and wine were in stock. Plus there is fresh wahoo in the freezer, caught last week. Life is good!
We arrived and went WHOA, what a rental house, it surpasses its listing on VRBO. This house is amazing and I will eventually take photos of the inside. The view from the upper deck is beautiful.
Hunger had set in, off to Rowdy Boys Bar we went, after Mike reminding himself which side of the road he needs to drive on. We had our usual here, a fresh grilled fish burger for me and a conch burger for Mike. The fish was so fresh and filling. We chatted with the owner, her brother lives on Staniel, so we traded a few stories about Staniel.
While eating the homeowner texted us, saying his mother dropped some items off for us, to help us through the missing luggage crisis. People have been so understanding, hopefully the airline will get us our luggage tomorrow.
Once back at the rental, we showered and I wrote. If no more blog reports appear this week, it is because our luggage has never found us, the luggage that has the power cord to this computer.
So our luggage prefers Nassau over the out islands it seems. Hopefully it will resolve itself tomorrow. and the luggage will figure out life is better in the out islands. At least we are finally on Long Island!