the boys playing on the beach while the grown ups surf
Barometer Bob had been prediciting a heavy rainfall for the past couple of days now, and today it finally came. We are thus stuck in the house until the rain passes. So I decided to create a travel blog. My first thought when I heard the rain beating down this morning was Yes! the shower cistern will fill up! All the water we use in our house comes from a cistern that catches rain water and purifies it for our use. So if there's no rain, there's no running water. So we welcome the rain! Yesterday we took advantage of the sunshine by heading out on the boat at around 10 am. We pulled the tube behind the boat and got some serious air off the boat's wake. It was a first for me. I felt like I was flying at one point. It was so much fun. Mom was going to waterski but changed her mind when she saw a family of jellyfish swim by the boat.
birds on the beach, checking the waves
After tubing, we put the boat back at the marina and headed to a new spot for lunch. It's called On Da Beach and it's sign says "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem." This sums up the Bahamian attitude. I love it! We ordered goombay smashes, kalik beers, garlic toast, bbq and jerk chicken sandwiches. The kids played on the beach while we sipped our drinks and waited for the food. We got a to go box for the leftover meat which we fed to stray dogs on the ride home. The stray dogs are mostly friendly here. Many of them have designated owners or properties they live on, though you wouldn't know it by a collar or ID tag, just by local knowledge. They're called "potcakes" because the locals feed them little cakes made from whatever's left in the pot that dinner was cooked in that night. Most of them look like mixed lab/sheperd dogs. You see them all over the island. When we got home after lunch, we took a dip in the pool and did a little cleaning/laundry. After that I took my little brother to watch my little sister, our boat captain, and the kids' babysitter ( a bonified "manny") surf at Garbonzo's Reef, up the from Seaspray Marina. The winds were picking up to around 15 knots so it was a surfer's heaven all afternoon. After about three hours in the water, our surfers started to come out and we headed home for the evening. We stayed home for dinner - fresh nassau grouper and yellowtail snapper that my little sister and brother caught in the Atlantic Ocean a couple days ago - and ended the night with a few Kalik beers and a good movie. Today, my mom and the boat captain headed over to Marsh Harbour
to pick up the rest of the family that just flew in today. The house will really be packed now! A 7 year old girl, a 9 year old boy, a 19 year old girl, and me, a 22 year old girl, my mom, her husband, and his son, 15 years old. Now that's a full house! I can't wait to write about what happens next...