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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Marsh Harbour

We were up at dawn this morning and after taking a moment to enjoy it over our coffee, we made an early departure to catch the tide before it started falling too much for us to exit the channel from Treasure Cay. Despite the stiff easterly winds, we had an easy and uneventful cruise south to Marsh Harbour, and after a couple of hours were pulling into slip 226 at The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina. Recommended to us by many, we are delighted to be here -- our furthest point south in the Bahamas aboard Equinox! We were greeted with a lovely welcome card and freshly baked banana bread from the dock staff here -- so very nice! We are looking forward to spending some time here, especially New Year's Eve!!

Equinox ensconced in her slip and the girls washing down
the tender Tingum

Funnily enough, as Karyn hooked up the electric at the dock, there was a Miles Aweigh sticker on the electric stanchion!! Such a small world...we knew the Miles Aweigh was here this summer, but what are the odds that we would be put in the same slip, six months later? Clearly good karma in this slip, I think!!

The electric stanchion at slip 226

After we were secure in the slip, Ron and Karyn rode the folding bikes into town, to reprovision and restock our groceries. Marsh Harbour is the Bahamas' third largest settlement, with approximately 6,000 residents. It's the largest community here in the Abacos, with amazing shopping and dining opportunities, including a large, very well-stocked grocery store. After weeks of being in the out-islands and scrounging for vegetables at times, it was fairly decadent to go into the Price Right here and have so much variety from which to chose!

Ron biking back to the boat with some of our groceries

View of Marsh Harbour from the main road

The girls hit the pool while we were getting the groceries, then upon our return, they took the bikes and headed off for a shopping expedition of their own to Iggy Biggy's, the Conch Pearl and some other little boutique shops. The winds are still brisk and chilly (thanks to yet another cold front coming through) but as always, the sun is warm and we are loving the Abacos!

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