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Here's a map of our path through some of the many Bahama islands so far - we're now up in the Abacos which are a lot more developed and "crowded" than the Exumas. 

trip route

Hope Town is the first place we explored, with its famous lighthouse, pastel homes, and narrow streets.

hope town lighthouse

This is a view of the harbor through one of the lighthouse windows - note how thick the walls are.

lighthouse view

We were lucky enough to hear DeFever friends Gary and Linda March on the radio heading into a nearby marina, so we toured the town with them and Dan and Carol from our buddy boat.  We lunched in a lovely setting overlooking the ocean and had a terrific day!

dfc lunch gang

We saw another DeFever anchored nearby, and met Chet and Linda Brummett for sunset cocktails on the beach.  We arrived early and Jim (barefoot with shirt un-tucked!) relaxed while I hunted shells.

tahiti beach jim

We cruised up to Man-O-War Cay and explored a more industrious and low-key town known for boat building.  We went snorkeling on the outer reef with Linda and Gary, and the highlight was a little green sea turtle who stayed around longer than usual.  We're both really in our element when we're underwater!

underwater jim

Since this is our first time in the Abacos, we spent one night anchored off Great Guana Cay to visit the famous Nippers and Grabbers beach bars.  Nippers was a bit too much like "Spring Break" for our tastes, Grabbers was a bit nicer - but we had a good time doing something different, for us.

verts shop

The next island up the chain is Green Turtle Cay, with more pastel cottages, a memorial garden dedicated to the Loyalist settlers (the plaque there refers to the American Revolutionaries as "rebels" - it's all about your perspective), and Vert - a lovely gentleman who builds ship models.

All over these islands the Royal Poinciana trees are in full bloom, and they are magnificent!

royal poinciana

Tomorrow we're heading NW for more snorkeling and exploring - our last week here.

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