May 12, 2013 by Last Star blog
When we left the Abacos in mid-January, we were melancholy at putting the boys on the plane and missing them at every turn. Now, we return with a better attitude than when we left. We reminisced about the places we went and the things we experienced with them, and it made us smile. Time does heal some wounds. Of course, now the weather pattern is different and the heat is starting to crank up. When we left the skies were always that dark clear blue and the water reflected that same beauty. Now the clouds roll in and the humidity gives a hazy look to the horizon, but the water is still crystal clear and beautiful. After 3 months in the quiet lee of the Exumas, the Abacos seem like New York City or Miami: full of people, boats and noise. Imagine the shock when we return the states at the end of the month? Yikers. We have friends coming in for a few days, so a trip to the liquor store and the grocery store are on the list of must dos so it is destination: Marsh Harbour. We show up on Cinco de Mayo, how convenient is that? We heard that morning on the cruiser’s net there was a party at Snappas with Mexican food and margaritas, how can we resist? We spend a very nice few hours eating nachos with weird yellow cheese, chasing them down with Coronas, and watching the sunset. Viva la Corona.
With our friends coming, we have to get serious so the next day we decided to take a slip in a marina for some power and unlimited water access. The downside is that I have to lock the cats up before they realize we are at a dock and they can get off. What they don’t know, they can’t miss! We joke that we have been on a 4 month road trip with the boat because that’s how long it’s been since we had power for the shop-vac. I sweep every morning after breakfast but the screens and crevices are a wee bit furry. It took me over an hour to suck up the extra cats that were hiding under the floor boards and under the cushions. We scrubbed and polished and the Last Star looks fantastic. (I am putting a few pictures of her all cleaned up here. As those are the only photos for this blog.)
The great thing about Marsh Harbour is the grocery store! We were in food heaven back in Maxwell’s. It is a fully stocked store that rivals most neighborhood Safeway, not a Harris Teeter or Publix… but they had Haas avocados. yeah. We did some laundry and the washers were only $2 a load instead of $5. Lovely. Hey, you have to take the little joys when you find them, right? We both had an ah-ha moment when we got off the docks into town and we knew where everything was and the best place to buy all the bits & bobs we were looking for. Just when we get comfortable, it is time to leave. I tell you, I am going to miss the Bahamas. Our friends come tomorrow and we are so looking forward to having them with us.