A day in Barraterre
Sun 21 Mar 2010 00:20
We also had another mesmerizing family snorkel over the coral garden, seeing colorful fish of at least a dozen species -- which the girls could name for you. Then we went into town, where we bought some ice cream and assorted groceries at Rayann's Variety Store. The woman in charge there, Julia, is a former Floridian who married a Bahamian, and after many years in the States they came here when they retired. She said her blood pressure dropped about 60 points, she lost 40 pounds, and feels great. When her doctor in Florida saw her stats, he told her he was coming back with her. We thought about buying Rosie a pair of flip flops -- this time she was the one who forgot to bring her shoes to shore -- but the flip flops seemed too expensive at $10.75, so we decided to pass on those. Then Julia insisted on giving them to Rosie. Lilly put up a good fight, but Julia won in the end. Such kindness and generosity.
We strolled around town, which had fewer provisions than we had imagined it would have. Just some quiet homes, a pier, a few people, a gas pump, a bar, and not much else that we could see. Many of the stores in these small Exuma towns look like any other house you pass by. You have to know your way around to know the hidden shops.
In the afternoon Isabel, Rose, and I took Amazon out for a sail in this protected bay. We ripped back and forth on repeated beam reaches -- the girls doing all the sailing. Their sailing is getting better and better. I was so proud of them. I just sat there and grinned, giving bits of advice now and then, but mostly just supremely happy to be taken out for a sail by my daughters.