On Monday, January 26, we arose earlier than usual and walked Julie and Tracy out to their taxi which arrived at 5:45 a.m. We hired Alex, the same driver who helped us in Marsh Harbour. He transported them to the airport in plenty of time for their flight home which took them through Nassau and Atlanta prior to landing in Pittsburgh. Cindy and I returned for a bit more sleep before facing the day. Around 11, we decided to head over to the beach again. We enjoyed about 2 hours of wonderful sunshine, although the wind was blowing 25-35 knots. The beach was largely protected from the wind since it was blowing from the west. Just before the rains arrived, we ascended the beach to the Coco Beach Bar for lunch. The grouper fingers are delicious. Later, we grilled some hot dogs for dinner and relaxed aboard Beatitude.
Tuesday was primarily a day of preparation to return to the States. We dropped our laundry off at the resort laundry where they do the laundry for us and we pick it up later. Their is no extra charge for them doing it. You just have to pay the $4/wash and $4/dry per load that the machine requires. We put away fenders and lines and did some general cleaning aboard the boat. I made arrangements to have Beatitudes bottom cleaned while we are away. I also made arrangements with a young man named Remy to clean the boat during our absence. I made arrangements to have Alex pick us up Wednesday morning to take us to Marsh Harbour Airport. Our taxi ride is scheduled to leave for Treasure Cay at 5:45 a.m.
I made a brief visit to the beach, but it was really too cold and windy to enjoy it. The winds continued throughout the day at 15-25 knots and the temperature was in the upper 60s. I’m glad we decided to leave Beatitude on Treasure Cay while we are away. If we had returned to Marsh Harbour, we would have missed this world-class beach.
On Wednesday, we arose before 5 a.m. in order to be at the Marsh Harbour Airport for our 7:25 a.m. flight. The flight back to the states was uneventful on Bahamasair. We picked up our rental car at the Orlando airport and drove to Lakeland where we will stay for the next 12 days. Last evening I worked the first of 12 shifts in 11 days in the emergency department. After that… Back to Treasure Cay!