Salt Pond Farmers’ Market

One of the many highlights of Long Island is the abundance of fresh, green produce – a rare find in the Bahamas! Each Saturday morning, the local farmers and artisans gather to share their crops and crafts. The market attracts locals and cruisers for quite the social event! This year’s crops were not disturbed by hurricanes; it was a mild season. There have been rain showers that have unusually extended through January which have also contributed to the crops’ production. Brian and I are very appreciative of the farmers’ and happy to buy locally here in Long Island.

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The selection includes: sweet potatoes, sour oranges, coconut water, collard greens, calilu greens, basil, thyme, rosemary, green peppers, okra, pigeon peas, sweet corn, bananas, papayas, plantains, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, watermelons, and fresh eggs.

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We bought a bit of everything. Now if we only had some fish to add to the table…while Brian is off hunting I’ll be juicing sour oranges for a tasty orangeade.

The Checklist

The Checklist; a never-ending, increasing, persistently annoying, always looming, grouping of words on paper (the paper which always seems to be wrinkled, too small, and frequently misplaced). The Checklist often presents a hold-up on progressive movement. The Checklist, at times, is so demanding of attention that it interrupts social events. The Checklist pretends to be helpful, but in fact pulls the cruiser away from purely fun activities and brings the cruiser back to the reality of work.

Brian and I spent several hours reviewing and creating The Checklist which we believe requires completion prior to our departure for Panama. Here is what we’ve established as necessary to-do’s:
~ reseal cap rails
~ sew new sail covers
~ repair the outboard (yes, this is one of those “extra’s” that happens to have been added since our arrival to Long Island) *
~ replace zincs *
~ replace galley light switch
~ install padlock on companionway
~ spare companionway boards
~ top-up batteries *
~ improve anchor snubbing system; change out ring for block *
~ varnish ladder and dinghy paddles
~ oil cap rail
~ polish exterior stainless
~ chase and identify slight diesel leak in the engine room *
~ scrub hull – again
~ inventory paper charts *
~ download electronic charts
~ order additional computer fans for head vent
~ taxes
~ contact Panama Canal Agent; questions, pricing *
~ register for Pacific Puddle Jumpers *
~ review customs/immigration procedures for Panama *
~ review canal registration procedure *
~ order SIM card for satellite phone
~ research customs/immigration procedures for French Polynesia *
~ make dinner reservations for Christmas dinner in New Zealand
~ wait for appropriate weather window

This is the probably, actual Checklist:
~ daily spear fishing (I mean, we have eat!) *
~ Long Island Breeze Resort Happy Hour…Fridays 4:30p-6:30p *
~ hiking *
~ beach combing *
~ sundowners at Fairhaven *
~ Saturday morning Farmers’ Market *
~ emailing family and friends *
~ Skype dates *
~ kayaking *
~ blogging *
~ wait for appropriate weather window *
~ and…all that stuff in the previous list

* These items have been completed. Keeping the play-work balance intact!

Indian Hole Point, Long Island

Brian and I have finally recuperated from our on-the-go travels and guests. We were blessed with excellent weather with which to leave Georgetown, Great Exuma and sail to Thompson Bay, Long Island. Ahhhhh…it now feels as though we are really in the Bahamas! At Thompson Bay and nearby Salt Pond we’ve reunited with dear friends, John & Penny of p/h (private home) Fairhaven, as well as several other familiar and friendly Long Island dwellers. It’s great to be back at this home away from home!

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Our first few days at Long Island were cloudy, breezy, cool and rainy (I’ll refrain from the word “cold” because I know family and friends who are experiencing actual “COLD” back in the Polar Vortex we once called the Northeastern United States). We hunkered down for two days of rain and set to work creating a checklist to prepare for our next venture toward Panama. After a review and few additions to the ‘Boat Projects Checklist’ it was set aside and the ‘Panama Priority Checklist’ was created. Many of our priority items required use of the internet, and since our data plan had expired and we were two miles via dinghy away from the nearest internet source at the Long Island Breeze Resort, we decided a few more hours…or days of hunkering and relaxing would suffice.

As soon as the sunshine reappeared, we were off scampering about the island! (Well, we did some long walks along the ocean side beach during the intermittent rain showers.) We headed to the “cruisers beach” at the northeastern end of Thompson Bay. Here, we resurrected the campfire ring; the conch shells had been buried and scattered in the sand. And then…onward to the trails!

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Beyond the campfire ring is a trail that leads to Indian Hole Point Road. Along this short trail you’ll also find a freshwater well; I’d not recommend it for drinking but the thought of laundry has crossed my mind… At the end of the trail, we turned left onto Indian Hole Point Road and walked along trying to avoid falling to our doom down into the monstrous potholes.

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There are several private homes along this road, a small bungalow-style beach resort, and several lots for sale. Many of the unfinished lots have driveways leading back to the shoreline on the Thompson Bay. We side-tracked along a driveway and meandered our way along the shores of the bay.

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A Willet (thanks, Mark S.!) on the hunt along the shoreline.

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This was no Compromise, the beach won.

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Tiny coral bits along the shoreline.

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A natural footbridge to bring us along the bend.

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Indian Hole Point was a rocky, limestone ledge leading around the point just above the water with caves to poke into and explore.

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Footing was tricky…as the ledge became narrower…

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We had a fabulous walk around the point onto two other small, sandy beaches and back onto a trail that led us to Indian Hole Point Road for a smooth walk home.