a visit from Tom

Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Tue 20 Apr 2010 12:16
26:40.01N 077:07.08W 
The Abacos - a visit from Tom
While on our way to Marsh Harbour, we got a call from our friend Tom, whom we had visited in Florida. He had time on his hands and decided to pop over for a visit. There are a number of small airlines that fly directly from Fort Lauderdale to Marsh Harbour - the one he took is called the Yellow Taxi, and is painted like a New York taxicab - yellow with checkerboards!
Due to the very high winds we decided to spend a few days at the Conch Inn Marina in Marsh Habour - this is the marina used by Moorings and Sunsail for their charter fleet, so Indigo was very at home, surrounded by other Leopard cats. We used the time to do some shopping, walk around the other marinas looking at boats and I managed to get my hair done - which was a real treat!
Our next stop was Hope Town, on Elbow Cay famous for its lighthouse, which Mike and I had visited last year. We then headed a little further north east to Fisher's Bay on Guana Cay. Again Mike and I had been here last year, and new the fun that was to be had at the two beach bars - Nippers & Grabbers. We spent one lazy day at Grabbers, enjoying the pool and the hammocks on the beach,  catching up on reading.  The next day we took Indigo out, around the islands to the deep water, to fish. Sadly a whole day and a lot of diesel was used to no avail ... no fish!
Back in the anchorage it was getting really crowded - lots of boat (about 40) had arrived to enjoy the Sunday festivities at Nippers. We got there pretty late, but after a few rum punches got into the swing of things. It was a wild and festive crowd, with tattooed guys with buffed bods and girls in bikinis (surprisingly not in the best shape) all around!  
Yesterday Tom had to head home - it was great to have him on board. We now have a few things to do before we head to the mostly uninhabited islands, further north east, where we are meeting Doug & Terry at the end of this week.