Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Staniel Cay

Hello from Staniel Cay. Wow - it's so different living on the hook with no one else in eyesight...compared to staying at a marina! We arrived on Sunday. Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a nice little marina (about 15 slips). The office/bar/restaurant is all wrapped in one and is a very popular spot. I had read in one of the guides that the small mega-yacht crowd hung out here but we've found the opposite - salty cruisers, fisherman and very friendly locals hanging out, drinking and joking around.

It took us a bit to figure out that the bar tender was also the office manager but once we did...we moseyed up to the bar, checked in, got internet and ordered drinks :) Then we were very pleasantly surprised to see CJ & Margie walking in! It was great to see them again and exchange generator stories (they were in Highborne where we met them because their generator had broken and missed them in Normans because we were back in Nassau...) We made reservations for dinner at the restaurant (you have to reserve by 5 for the 7:30 seating - most of the restaurants request this, including MacDuffs). We had a few drinks with CJ & Margie and made plans to have them over for dinner Monday. The rum & pineapple drinks were Strong, it was an early night!

Monday we explored the island. It's about a mile long and 1/2 a mile wide. There is a community here so the streets are paved and it's easy to get around. We checked out the 3 markets on the island (Blue Store, Pink Store and Isle General Store). We picked up some tomatoes and Bahamian bread and circumnavigated the island. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera. The views on the west and north sides are gorgeous. It's cloudy and a bit rainy so we decided not to snorkel or go out in the dinghy, we have plenty of time for that later in the week. Then we had a great time with CJ & Margie in the evening, sitting out on the back enjoying Martin's spicy chicken curry.

Today we woke up to pouring rain but the sky is already clearing and the winds are supposed to calm down by this evening as the front moves through. We've made reservations for a nice dinner on Fowl Cay for tomorrow evening. We also checked out the dive shop yesterday and will go by this afternoon to plan a day of diving. We heard at ad on the radio this morning for a happy hour followed by an all-you-can-eat pizza/pasta dinner at Club Thunderball on the north end of the island. That sounds worth checking out! We're rocking and rolling pretty badly so I have to limit my computer time - no better way to get seasick than typing away down here.

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