Monday, April 10, 2017

Getting Away From It All, Part 1

Every year, we take a Spring Break vacation with our closest friends.  And every year, we spend several months researching houses to rent.  We have two important criteria -- it must be as far from neighboring houses as possible and it must be on the beach.  This year, we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.  We booked a week at a house on Bonefish Bay on Andros Island, Bahamas.

This picture, taken by Janet as we were flying back to Nassau after a week on the island, shows how isolated we actually were.  If you enlarge the picture, you can see our house on a sand spit in the upper right hand corner of the photo, with water on two sides and no other houses for miles.  It was bliss!
Andros Island is the biggest island in the Bahamas (in fact Wikipedia states that it has a land mass greater than the other 700 Bahamian islands combined), but has a population of just over 7,000.  It is made up of small inlets and cays and mangrove estuaries.  People go to Andros for bonefishing and scuba diving, but we just wanted to relax, soak up some sun and do some snorkeling and swimming.

Brian and I spent a day in Nassau before we headed to Andros.  While we were waiting for our luggage, I was drawn to this piece of fiber art.  Very cool!

In downtown Nassau, we stayed away from the cruise-ship terminals and the markets that surround them.  We left our hotel and set off down a side street.  I loved the brightly colored buildings and the street art.



And we had dinner at a beach-side shack.  
We met our friends the next morning at the airport and flew to Andros.  This is Andros International Airport.
The house was lovely.  It had beautiful views of the sunrise over the bay and the sunset over the mangrove estuary.  And lots of porches and decks to enjoy the view.
 At low tide you could walk across the bay.  The water was at most knee high.
 And the shallow tidal pools were full of sea creatures.  Conch....
Starfish....

Crabs....
And of course the elusive bonefish.  None of us got a good picture of a bonefish.  They move too fast!

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