Day 6 – Making Plans

To day it was about making our next trip plan around sand dollars hunts.

After a restless night’s sleep due to little wind, an air conditioning unit set for an Arctic chill and waiting to hear back about our first choice rental, we got up early made the coffee and went to Dean’s Blue Hole to enjoy it.


But we decided to walk across from the hole to that other beach to sit and sip.


After enjoying the coffee, we walked the beach and while walking we received the news that our first choice rental was unavailable. Wespent time considering what our options were, go back to our Christmas place, go to another island, find another rental here, hmmm…


After our coffee, walk and conversation we returned to the cottage to search once again for another spot to spend the holidays at.  We found a rental that met every want, except for sunset views, which we are desperately missing here.  While searching, our power went out, a sign this was a good time to drive out to check out the rental. While checking it out we found the Dunmore Ruins, which we had been looking for the other day.  We decided if the rental was only missing sunset views we could survive, it sits on a hill and we have a better view of the sky, so maybe we could get some dramatic color.  Not sure if power was restored at our current rental, we stopped at Galloways to see if it was calm enough for a snorkel. It looked calm so we set up camp and went in.


In we went, however the rolling small waves made Mike a little seasick so he got out while I tried to snap some underwater photos. It was a bit churned up so not the clearest pictures.

Of course there were sand dollars to be found in the water.  I left these behind, maybe it will make some tourist’s day that doesn’t go out snorkeling.  Mike also tried to blend in with the view, so he would be left behind to.

We packed up and headed into Clarence Town to find the bakery. We found it and picked up two slices of poppy seed and a pumpkin bread for our coffee beach walk tomorrow.  While here, in a spot that I had reception, we sent an email to ask about Island Dreams vacation rental.

We needed lunch and still not sure if power returned (power can go out for hours here on the island), we went to Max’s Conch Bar for lunch. The owner’s wife recognized us as repeat customers and spent some time chatting with us. I had my usual grouper fingers and Mike enjoyed cracked conch. While enjoying our lunch we received word Island Dreams was available for our next trip and we confirmed booking


We were utterly exhausted, after a stop at the grocery store for supplies for tonight’s fish stew we returned to the house that had power restored and napped for an hour. After feeling a bit better, a snorkel and sand dollar hunt at Dean’s was had.  The fish were abundant as were the sand dollars.

We came home, cleaned up, wrote, made dinner, relaxed, enjoyed dinner, read and went to sleep.  Contented in knowing we have a rental for our next trip, making plans today that worked out.



Day 3 – Days like This…

A  day like today makes it difficult for us to travel to another Bahamian Island to explore (well except for Staniel Cay, that is such a special spot to us). Today had everything we love; walks, snorkeling, exploring new places, great food and just the time to do it in.

The sunrise painted the sky a lovely shade of pink this morning. P1010453

Mike decided to start his day with a run, while I made the coffee. After his return home, we walked over to Dean’s Blue Hole to have coffee and a swim for Mike to cool off.


We enjoyed a bit of time here savoring the coffee and walking the small beach.

There are 4 items in this photo that have a Hawaii connection

Our walk back to the cottage had us planning out the rest of the day. First thing though was to make a quick breakfast.Then we made sandwiches (just in case Max’s Conch Bar was closed), gathered our snorkeling gear and headed off to Guana Cay, Pinders to see if we could get over to the island to see some iguanas.

On our way to today’s beach spot,  we spotted fruit on a platform, so of course we stopped. We picked up Dilly Fruit and Seville Oranges, all for three bucks.  We were two happy campers finding dilly fruit.


We arrived at the beach and decided snorkeling would allow us to make it over to the island. Let me tell you that was a workout for me with the current.  I was excited to see my first turtle of this trip, but he was quick and I lost him within seconds of spotting him.

Guana Cay, gonna snorkel over to there

We made it over, able to walk the final bit and proudly took a photo.  Years ago I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do this. I would have chickened out and missed this experience. Glad I found the strength to trust myself enough to do it.

We started back behind us, crossed the channel to make it over.

I was expecting iguanas to come out to get us, instead we were greeted by curly tailed lizards.    Little disappointed yes, but these guys were cute and I quickly got over the disappointment.



On our snorkel back I was happy to find a conch with a critter in it. We did leave it behind to grow big and strong.


The blues of the water were just so enchanting.

We walked the beach some more to dry off, before heading to Max’s Conch Bar, our favorite dine out place on the island.

Lunch at Max’s was crawfish salad with johnny cake and grouper fingers with peas and rice.  We love to sit at the bar and watch the master at work making conch salad, which we did get a bowl to go.


We had another grocery run to make, so after that we headed home, threw the groceries in the fridge and went to Dean’s Blue Hole to snorkel.  In December when we were here, we didn’t snorkel, just floated over the hole.


Today we snorkeled and I was blown away by all the fish.

By the time we exited the water it was after 4 p.m. so we called it a day and walked home. Once home it was the usual clean up and make dinner.  Tonight’s dinner was chicken enchiladas followed by dessert of ginger nut cookies with peanut butter and pineapple jam!


A day like today of walks, snorkeling, good eats makes it hard to visit another island. Guess that means a few more trips must be made here.



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