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Trenton, Ontario, Canada
In June 2012 we started the Great Loop in our Bayliner Explorer. This blog is for family and friends who would like to follow our comings and goings and , for now, our getting ready for the trip. If you read this blog we would love to hear your comment& suggestions.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

The Bahamas, we might just stay here forever.

Bahamas, we might just stay here forever.

When we crossed the Gulf from Florida to the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas, we had full intention to stay here for a few weeks and then head further south to the Exumas and Elutheras. We were told the Abacos are too cold in the winter and that most people head further south in search of the warmth of the tropical sun.

We never expected to get “stuck “here…..we were going to explore. Well, famous last words, we got stuck good and tight. At first we told ourselves we deserved to stop and smell the roses (and we really did deserve it) but here we are three months later , still smelling the roses.

We found the Abacos perfect, with warm sunny days and cool clear evenings. Yes, it even gets HOT here and it can be very humid at times too and we even have had cold days, the whole time we have been here we only had TWO!! It has been windy at times but it has also been calm and gorgeous.

So what have we been doing? Well, I started playing dominoes with the “girls” every afternoon but besides that we don’t have much to show for our time here. Gary says he tries to do something constructive everyday even if it is something like checking the lines or baking a pie. Seriously, it makes for very boring blogging but I feel I needed to update those of you who might be wondering what has happened to the Donovans…Well, we are lying low in the islands, not doing much of anything. AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!

We left the dock one day and got a radio call that one of the cats were sitting on the dock crying. Jessie must have sneaked off while we weren't watching and we left without noticing her not being on board. Gary had to take the dingy and go back and and fetch her.  A few days later she also managed to fall in the water and Gary had to jump in to save her. Her cries sounding  like that of a little baby. She clung to me afterwards but was not too happy when I had to wash the salt water off her. We hoped that she would have learnt her lesson but she still sneaks off even though we do everything to keep her on board. She is one sneaky cat!!

Soon we will have to start getting ready to head back to Florida, perhaps the beginning of April sometime. We are not the only ones; we have managed to meet many others who will be heading back around that time.
Till then, the best way to share what we are doing here is with pictures.

A famous land mark on the way to Nippers
 Great Guana Cay
World famous Nippers

Every evening the sun gets a goodbye from the conch blowers

Birthday surprise with the domino girls
Barb, Marilyn, Jill, Chris and Janet
Sunset over Fishers Bay - Great Guana
My own little private piece of heaven
Fowl Cay

Happy birthday to me, wearing my present from the domino girls

Desmond lighting a smoke while doing the fire limbo
Jason leading the Cha-cha slide be continued


  1. I haven't commented much, but have followed your entire trip closely on Facebook, Twitter and this blog.
    So glad that everything is going well for you and that you conquered the few bumps in the road on the way down. It looks like you're having a wonderful time and that is well deserved!
    Looking forward to follow the rest of your trip - keep up with your colourful blog and great pictures.

  2. Oh, it looks like Heaven there! And yet . . . . I can't explain it, but this post made me cry. I guess it's because we SO enjoyed our time with you two in Georgian Bay, North Channel and the inland rivers, and three days from now we will cross our wake, finish our Loop and head home. And we won't see you. We love and miss you guys and are SO happy you are having such a great time and doing so well. Please keep in touch. Hugs and love always, C&B

  3. Now you know exactly why I get a faraway look in my eyes every now and again. But, I will do it again, even if it the last thing I ever do... :-)

  4. wonderful news updates from you guys! Snow remains here but I saw a robin on Sunday and our neighbors' sugar bush is in operation...both sure signs spring is on its way to this part of the world...don't laugh..I can hear you laughing..don't laugh..think of us in the northern climes as you guys gaze whistfully over the water and wander through the surf! thanks for helping us leave the weather here, if only for a short time!! :)