Monday, May 30, 2011

Treasure Cay

Monday, May 30, 2011

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY EVERYONE!!!  Thank you to all of the men and women who serve our country and fight for our safety and freedom.  We appreciate all that you do to keep us safe and free.  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!  LAND OF THE FREE!  

Island Wear

Stylin In Mimi's Panama Hat

The crew rented a golf cart to explore the island.  Well, not much to see.  The first stop was Abaco Ceramics.  A few purchases for a reminder of a fun times had on Treasure Cay.  Christmas ornaments were bought for the tree.  Ella picked out a  little fish for her room.  The crew got back in the cart and found a local restaurant, "The Burner" to have a Bahamian lunch.  As Aynsley said, "They had great food for a dive".  The meals selected were conch, snapper, chicken wings and Ella's favorite "FRIES".  Then back in the golf cart and on the road to see more adventures. The first landmark was the elementary school then a church.  The golf cart was a great way to get a feel of the island.

Investigating The Island In A Golf Cart

Art On The Primary Building

Tom, Aynsley And Ella At The Burner

Captain And His First "Best" Mate

Ella Waiting For Fries

Debbie And Aynsley

Lunch Family Style - 3 Kaliks And A Sippy Cup

Ella "Weeing" (a.k.a. Driving The Golf Cart

Ella went down for a nap and Tom and Aynsley went snorkeling.  They saw pompano and sand.  After Ella woke up, the crew went to the pool for a swim.  Ella made a new friend, Olivia.  They made water cupcakes.  Monkey fruit was Ella's favorite. 

Tom ANd Ella AT The Pool

Ella Swimming

Aynsley, Tom And Ella Poolside

Ella Making Cupcakes With Olivia

Tonight dinner was at Spinnaker.  It was the house, fish and better fish.  Then the crew walked over to The Tipsey Sea Gull for some local dancing.  Ella stole the show winding her waist and fist pumping. 

Tom, Aynsley And Ella At Spinnaker Restaurant

Ella In Her Memorial Day Dress

Dancing The Night Away.  She Left Bitty Baby On The Floor.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour to Treasure Cay

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Departing Boat Harbour Marina

Aynsley And Ella On The Bridge

Ella At The Helm With Papa

After breakfast everyone prepared to leave Abaco Beach for Treasure Cay.  Island Hopper departed at 10:30 AM arriving at Treasure Cay at 1:00 PM traveling 23 miles.  Winds were East 10 -15, Seas 1 -2.  Sunny and 80's.  It was another wonderful day to be on the seas.  Ella helped Papa captain Island Hopper.  Tom served as First Mate and Aynsley and Debbie were the lazy crew. As Island Hopper approached the port, Debbie & Tom took their positions with the lines.  Debbie was bow and spring, while Tom did the stern lines.  It was an easy docking due to the talented crew.  Aynsley was on Ella watch and all went well on the bridge.

Captain Kevin Checking The Weather

First Mate Tom

Papa And Ella Cruising On The Sea

Ella At The Helm

Ella And Baby In Ella's Beach Chair On The Bridge

Heading To Treasure Cay Beach

Treasure Cay Beach - Absolutely Beautiful

Ella At The Beach - Treasure Cay

Aynsley And Ella Taking A Dip In The Ocean

Papa And Ella Making Sand Ice Cream Cones

Fun In The Sun And Sand - Island Style


After lunch the crew went to the beach and then to the pool for a refreshing swim.  Happy Hour in the cockpit and dinner at the resort's restaurant, Spinnaker.  Living The Island Life.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The crew woke up around 8:30 AM.  Kevin, Aynsley and Tom walked into town to Java Cafe for some coffee.  Ella stayed back on the boat with Mimi.  They had breakfast and played crab ball.  Debbie, Aynsley and Ella walked into town to do some shopping, while Kevin and Tom rode bikes all over Marsh Harbour.  Tom said the driving on the left was really confusing him.  Always remember look right first.  The crew met up at Snappers for a local lunch.

Lunch At Snappers

Show Boo's

After lunch it was back to the marina for some fun and swimming at the pool.  The crew imbibed in some island drinks, while Ella had her first party drink, a frozen mango juice.  She was so excited and actually drank the entire drink.

Aynsley & Ella At The Pool

Ella's First Party Drink - Frozen Mango Juice

A Little Girl Just Wants To Have Fun!!!!!

The crew had fresh conch salad from Show-Boo's Conch Stand as an appetizer.  Show-Boo's has a handwritten sign that read, "Just Be Nice"   on the ramshcackle stand, between Harbour View and Conch Inn marinas.  The conch salad is made fresh daily.  The proprietor claims to offer, "the world's best conch salad". For dinner they went to Mangoes for some Bahamian food.  Tom and Aynsley had fried conch and Debbie had conch chowder.  They figured they would not be served conch any time soon in Cincinnati.  Marsh Harbour was quiet.  No bands in the restaurants or bars, so it was back to Island Hopper.                                                
                                                   Another fun day.

Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour

Friday, May 27, 2011

Aynsley, Tom and Ella arrived on Island Hopper at 2:00 PM.  After 3 legs of flights, they were happy to be in the Abacos.  Lunch on the boat and then some exploring on the island.  The crew had dinner at Kevin and Debbie's favorite restaurant, Curly Tails. 

A Two Hour Dinner And She Was Perfect

Watching The Boats On The Water At Curly Tails
She Loved The Dinghy Going Out

After dinner they walked back to the resort to hear the band.  Believe it or not, the band members played saws. 

The Saw Man Band

Mimi And Ella Dancing To The Music

Ella And Her Seahorse

A Sleepy Little Girl

Ella slept in her little bunk all by herself.  Life on Island Hopper is good.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Little R & R for the crew.  Biking, walking, swimming and dinner at Mangoes.


Elbow Cay to Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco, Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thin Water Leaving Sea Spray On White Sound

Low Water In The Channel

One Of Many Beautiful Homes On Elbow Cay

Ed And Kevin

Island Hopper departed Sea Spray's dock at 11:00 AM for a short run to the home base at Abaco Beach Resort Boat Harbour.  ( Travel was slow due to a very low tide. Winds were East 10 -15, Seas 1 -2, sunny skies and temperatures a lovely 80 degrees.  Island Hopper arrived at the dock at 12:00 Noon.  After having lunch aboard, Barb and Debbie walked into the town for some shopping.  Ed and Barb left to fly home at 1:45 PM.  It was a fabulous 8 days with great friends.

Ed And Barb Departing Island Hopper

Ed And Barb Leaving In The Taxi

Kevin and Debbie did boat chores and later had a great dinner at one of their favorite restaurants in Marsh Harbour, Curly Tails.