So we’ve stayed in the Abacos Bahamas 🇧🇸 way longer than we could have imagined but we have zero regrets because it has been absolutely amazing these last 7 months! We feel like we know the Abacos like the back of our hand as we’ve been back and forth to many of the most sought after cays for those who vacation and frequent the Bahamas.
We left Treasure Cay (our home away from home) on Tuesday December 27th after saying goodbye to all of our friends and temporary church family while there. Treasure Cay will always have a special place in our hearts. From the small church family who accepted us so easily, to the ladies bible study family who welcomed me in so many ways to the marina friends we made and saw daily (Dewayne, Ria & Nellrose), it wouldn’t surprise us if we found ourselves back there sometime in the future.
We headed over to Great Guana Cay for the last anchor there for a couple of nights. We were joined first by s/v Catitude who we helped decorate a golf cart and joined the golf cart parade. S/v Sea Ya joined just in time to jump in and enjoy the evening. So many creatively decorated carts.
This parade was planned out in great detail as all golf carts and guests would begin the night bar hopping from location to location (5 different bars) while enjoying free appetizers at each spot before heading to the next and ending at Great Guanas famous Nippers way up on a hill overlooking the Atlantic dancing the night away with a cool fireworks display to round up the night. Such a cool way to say goodbye to Great Guana Cay.
We managed to get some great last sunrise pictures in as well.
We already knew we wanted to spend New Years in Hope Town so we headed over early on Thursday December 29th to secure a mooring ball since we’d heard this was the place to be for New Years Eve. It definitely got crowded but we had so many friends there with us we couldn’t have planned it any better. By the 31st everyone was anchored, moored or in a marina and we began the night on m/v Vaya Con Dios (remember our bestie from Little Harbour, Robert Wendorf who we met early June) he and his lovely wife Rhonda opened their boat to 5 other couples so there were 12 of us including them. This was their first meeting of everyone other than Jeff & I so just goes to show why we love this couple so much and know we will be lifelong friends.
The fireworks right over the bows of our boats was incredible! We can definitely say one of the best we’ve seen yet and maybe just because of the proximity but we all had an amazing time. We stayed in Hope Town for the next few days and worked on a toilet issue that was truly one of the crappiest issues we’ve had (hehehe) but my very smart and determined husband who will not give up figured it out and now all is well again aboard s/v Delayed Gratification. And again we managed to take some beautiful last sunset pictures in Hope Town before leaving. Now if you ever need a great Bahamas trip, do not pass up Elbow Cay, this is where Hope Town and the famous last kerosene light house is, Sea Spray, Fire Fly, Abaco Inn and Tahiti Beach are all located. Such a quaint Cay.
We left Hope Town on Wednesday January 4th headed to Marsh Harbor for the last time for a couple of reasons. First, I still had to get my immigration extended passed February so on Thursday the 5th I flew to West Palm Beach, FL at 10:05a just to walk right back through security and get right back on the exact same plane that was scheduled to leave at 12:05p. We didn’t need to do any shopping in the states so no need in staying the night and renting a car like Jeff did earlier in December. I was back in the Bahamas by 1:30ish with a new Bahamas stamp in my passport giving me another 6 months here legally. The second reason we wanted to be in Marsh Harbor is because of a cold front that was scheduled to hit on Sunday with winds somewhere in the 30-40mph range. It decided to show up a day early and there’s good protection from those north winds here so we sit here with s/v Sea Ya waiting it out before our next trip over the Atlantic and over to Eleuthera! Nasty squall blowing in as I was typing this up 🌬☔️. It didn’t seem to last long but sure looked ugly.
There are several of us planning to head south to Eleuthera, m/v Vaya Con Dios (Bob & Rhonda) have already made it. We hope to have a couple of buddy boats to make this next trip and Jeff & I are ready as soon as the seas and winds calm down a bit. Even though it’s a sailboat we still prefer not to take risks because things break in high winds and we just prefer to enjoy the ride.
Please pray for fair winds and a safe journey as we plan to head out in a few days weather permitting. Love you all and know we continue to send up prayers over all of our friends and family on land and on water.
“We travel not to escape life but for Life not to escape us!”