Thursday, January 7, 2010

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Our last internet access was Christmas Day, when we posted the previous blogs. Our winter holidays have been fun and interesting. We spent Christmas on Little Darby Island at the research lab being set up by Pam and Jack, researchers at University of Miami. Pam studies stomatolites, which were early microbial reef builders, whose role was presumed to have been taken over by corals, until they living specimens were re-discovered in the Bahamas. How cool is that! Also at dinner were Innis and Gerhard, a Dutch/German cruising couple, and Cindy, a Bahamian jewelry maker originally from Barreterre (near Darby Island), now living in Freeport. We ate al fresco while the sun went down, and we even had Christmas lights after dark. But who needs a Christmas tree with a star on top when you have stars like this one! For New Year’s Eve we were in Elizabeth Harbour between Great Exuma Island and Stocking Island, across from George Town, the largest town in the Exumas. Some cruisers had a bonfire on the beach that we attended, but only for a while because the bugs, they were abiting!

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