We woke up pretty early so we could stop by Mom’s Bakery for more goodies.
Before heading out, we took some time to play with the resident hermit crabs.
They were all over the driveway, so you know we had to move them to the side, so we didn’t squash them with the car.
The kids got a kick out of them.
It took a little longer than expected, but we finally made it out the door.
Someone got a new puppy
After a yummy breakfast, a bit of putzing around…
And a little more hermit crab fun, we were off and running.
We took the Water Taxi over to Stocking Island.
The Chat ‘n’ Chill was first on the agenda.
You gotta love the sign post!
We chased down some Sting Rays… They were HUGE!
And of course, we had a few drinks.
New Jersey’s in da house!
You can’t go to the Bahamas without having a few sugary, fruity drinks. The only things missing were the little umbrellas! I guess you can’t have it all. Sigh…
After a few relaxing drinks, it was time to hit the beach. The beach at the Chat ‘n’ Chill was too crowded for us, so we decided to go exploring again. And I really do mean exploring. We walked for a few miles around the Island over hills and rocks when we came to an inlet/river…
We crossed the inlet…
Ah… We were onto something. The sign said “Path,” but it was more like a mountainous hike through the jungle.
And then just like a scene from a movie, once you reached a certain point, all of a sudden the jungle opened up and began to clear. As you continued walking, there in the distance, peeking out between the landscape, appeared the bright blue ocean. It was a beautiful sight. It actually gave me the chills. Sigh…
Florida has some really nice beaches, but things will never be the same. I don’t know if I’ll ever be happy going to the beach at home again. The crowds, the murky water, the crowds, the rough sand, the crowds, the fact that it’s not the Bahamas… Did I mention the crowds?
The kids finally found the waves they were looking for!
My husband found the waves too…
We were all having a blast until… All of a sudden, out of nowhere, a storm came through. It was pretty scary. It was thundering and lightening. We had no warning and nowhere to take shelter. I ran to cover up the good camera without looking back. And in the confusion, I just kept running. So did my son and nephew. Don’t ask me what I thought I was doing. There was no where to go or run to. We got as far as the inlet and then just stood there and waited… Like a bunch of dummies.
And everyone else? They just hunkered down between the dunes on the path.
Good grief! Thank goodness, the storm ended as quick as it began. At that point we were all cranky and everyone just wanted to go home.
We didn’t have to wait long for the water taxi.
And there it is in the distance… The storm! Sheesh!
There was one stop that I insisted on making before going back to the villa.
We had to stop at the Tropic of Cancer. Yep… THE TROPIC OF CANCER.
How cool is that?
We were all pretty exhausted that night…
Except my husband! Or should I say my biggest child? There was still more fun to be had!
It was our last night in Exuma.
We toasted to a wonderful vacation. Hopefully, there will be many more!
At least we had a few more hours…