I love watching Stanley run and play on the beach. It’s so much fun to watch him running around and kicking up sand and getting scared by the surf and getting his face all sandy!!
Here are some pictures of Stanley (and us) enjoying the beach.
Our first stop in the Bahamas was not only beautiful on the water, it was interesting on land too. Clarence Town is on Long Island, one of the out islands of the Bahamas. It is sparsely populated but has a marina, two churches, a post office and a store (which we heard was out of beer!). We walked around one afternoon to check it out.
Sign touting the many things to see in Clarence Town:
First church. While we were taking pictures of this one the pastor came out and invited us inside. He said that the church was only staffed Christmas to Easter and that he was a volunteer. He told us a bit about Long Island and the folks who live there. One interesting story was a kid he picked up Monday night and took home. First, Long Island is LONG, about 80 miles long. Second, there are not many cars there so if you don’t have a car you hitch hike. So the pastor picked up this kid who had stayed late to use the computer at school and missed his bus. He ended up driving the kid 35 miles home!!!! And he said he didn’t pass another car on the way there or back. Imagine being so dedicated to your studies that you would risk having to walk 35 miles home! Pretty incredible.
On the way back to the dinghy
It is so pretty here! It’s because the water is so shallow and we always have to be on the lookout for coral but it sure is pretty! We arrived in Clarence Town to check in and anchored in 8ft of water. I guess we’ll have to get used to that, but it does make it nice to swim when you can see the bottom. We dinghy’d around to check out the anchorage and what the guide book calls a blue hole. It is a deep hole of water in an otherwise shallow area. We could see the water color change which is cool but since we’re not divers we didn’t get the full effect.
Ryana, Ryan and the crazy blue water.
From the beach by the blue hole
This was an interesting sand pile we found; must have been made by a critter that burrows into the sand.