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Swimming with Wild Spotted Dolphin in Bimini, Bahamas

Today’s Bimini Image… August 12, 2010

As I stare at the beautiful conch shells that we now have sitting on our porch, I am remembering one of the occasions on Bimini that we were hunting for good shells.

Now all I need to do is put the shell to my ear and listen to the waves gently lapping on the sand…..I’m there, are you?!!

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Bimini image for the day… August 5, 2010

 

Just Hanging Out in Bimini July 3, 2010

It’s hard to believe that two weeks have passed since I’ve been on the island.  We’ve had 90+ degree days every day, along with humidity.  Thankfully there’s been a breeze to help with the heat but there have been moments when the air is completely still and utterly stifling.  We had a good rain storm late Wednesday night, complete with lightning and thunder.  It actually felt a tad bit cooler in the morning as I sat outside after I got up.  However, that didn’t last too long before the heat kicked in again!

Yesterday I decided to visit the island’s bone fishing legend:   Ansil Saunders.   Ansil holds the bone fish record which was set in 1971 when a 17lb bone fish was caught.  This is a picture taken of Ansil last season.  Bone fish are one of the great game fish in the Bimini area that attract fishermen from far and wide.

Ansil is also a fifth generation boat builder and has one of his completed boats on display in his shop. 

While visiting, I tried a Bimini fruit called a sapodilla.  It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before or tasted.  The skin is peeled off and the seeds removed.  The fruit itself tastes like a sweet, caramely ripe pear.  It was quiet good!  This is a picture of a wedge of the sapodilla and the seeds (which remind me of large watermelon seeds).

While I was lounging yesterday afternoon after lunch, I noticed a beautiful tree that Lamour has in her garden.  What caught my eye were all the pink flowers that were on the ground.  As I started to pick up a few, I looked around to see where they had come from. 

Low and behold, above my head was the largest plumeria tree I have ever seen!  I have a minute representation of this at home (which still hasn’t flowered for me)!  These are the flowers that are used in Hawaiian leis (the flower necklaces) and are beautifully fragrant.   Perhaps I need to move my plumeria to Bimini….

I returned to my shady lounge chair to read and watch the “traffic” go by and was visited by Julie and had a nice chat.  Later in the afternoon Madeleine came by and we walked to the beach (just a short walk from my apartment) for a refreshing, long swim in the ocean.  Afterwards we made a delicious, nuclear garlic pasta dinner and finished off with some mango and tea. 

Before retiring, I spoke to my sweetie, who will be joining me here next week!  It was so wonderful to hear his voice and I look forward to seeing him soon!

Another delightful day on Bimini…

 

Bimini Heat Relief! June 29, 2010

Today we finally experienced some relief from the heat.  There was a nice breeze and the sun wasn’t as intense.  It’s about time!

I stopped at a new bakery late morning.  It’s called “A Taste of Heaven” and their name is true to their goodies served!  I bought some stickie buns that were hot out of the oven.  The icing was melting down the sides as they were wrapped to go.  Included were guava, pineapple, cinnamon-raisen and apple.  They were delicious and the others thought so too!

After having lunch at my apartment, I meandered back to the cottages for some reading and an afternoon swim with the group.  Surprisingly, the waves at the beach were a bit more intense than usual but it was still refreshing to swim.  It was the last afternoon swim for everyone as their departure was for this morning.  Everyone commented how they had had such a lovely time in Bimini and want to come back next year!

It was decided that the group wanted one last meal at Ebby’s.  We were to meet at the bay side bar at 7:30p.  It was lovely and breeze as we sipped out fruity cocktails.  The food was served and everyone cleared their plates of the fish, rice, plantains and salad!

The above isn’t the best picture, but you get the idea, and the food is delicious!

  As the conversations lingered a couple set up their drums in front of the bar and started to play.  I wandered over to listen and take a few pictures.  There was a third drum and chair that no one had claimed so I happily filled the seat and started to play along with them!  It was a blast!  So much fun!  I haven’t drummed since last summer and it felt wonderfully joyous!

This couple come to Bimini from Canada.  They have engaged in a project to clean up Bimini and help rebuild some homes on the island.  They sailed their boat here and now leave it as they fly down on a regular basis to work on this project.

Afterwards I made a quick call home to my sweetie.  How lovely to here his voice and know that he will be joining me in Paradise in a week! 

I then hopped onto the golf cart and traveled back to the cottages with the group for dessert.  Julie had backed a scrumptous chocolate cake that everyone enjoyed.

Back to my little apartment for bed.  Well, not straight to bed….I had to finish the last few pages of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.   I finished!  What a read!  I highly recommend.  I think I’ll give myself a reading break today and start on the next book tomorrow……maybe!

 

Bimini Shell Beach June 28, 2010

This morning, after yoga and breakfast, I ventured over to the Spook Hill Beach; a.k.a. The Votex Beach.  It’s aquired this nicknamed as some folks feel a certain energy in the area or perhaps have visions.  We are, afterall, within the Bermuda Triangle!

It’s really lovely, peaceful and usually devoid of people and quiet.  I was able to find a shady spot on the sand and lay out my dolphin sarong to sit on while journaling.

After a while I had a nice long soak in the water to cool off and to watch the boats cruising in the distance.  Before long the sun was directly overhead and the once shaded area I was sitting in was now fully exposed.  Time to head for cover!

Lunch at the apt and then off for a walk “down town”.  I stopped at the cottages to hang out and picked up my novel again to continue on with the compelling story.  I’d gotten to a part that made it hard to put the book down!

We all, then, got onto the golf cart and made our way to the north end of the island, or shell beach.  It took two trips back and forth to taxi everyone up there but we made it!  Thank you, Madeleine!

We drove through Bimini Bay, the ever-growing, new resort.  I noticed that many more houses have been built and that so many more of the trees and vegetation have been removed to make way for more “progress”.  Sad.  Very sad.  The beach area that we used to fondly visit no longer has many trees.  However, those horrible green flies have not left and were out in full force (as I scratch my legs now)!

The above photo is looking north.  This beach rock is found throughout this area as well as sea grass and small fish as you swim about.

As the day light started to fade, the sky turned beautiful shades of blue and the sun became muted as the clouds took cover.

We all left after 7:30p and headed home for showers and dinner.  Olivia was kind enough to pick me up and shuttle me back to the cottages after I showered.  Dinner was prepared by all and was a fun evening!

 

Bimini Relaxing!

The last couple of days I have spent much of my days at various beaches.  The weather continues to be sunny, hot and humid!

Here is a view from where I’m staying at Dun’s of Bimini Bay Apts.

Friday night I joined the group for dinner at the Big Game Club which reopened over the Memorial Day weekend.  Their menu has been updated and most of the items were actually available (not always the case with restaurants here in Bimini!).  It was a fun night for all.

Later on that evening I was able to capture the full moon on the bay, across the street from my apt.

And so ends another day in Bimini….

 

Bimini Winds! June 23, 2010

For the last two days we’ve had increasingly stronger winds around Bimini.  Monday we briefly got in the water with the dolphins and had them on the bow a few times.  We went to the Atlantis Road and snorkeled for a while and then returned to the dolphin grounds to search some more.  However, no dolphins.

Yesterday we left at the same time, 3:30p.  What a gorgeous day!  Beautiful blue skies and glistening aqua water.  The winds were a bit stronger, which we felt soon after we rounded the boat at the bottom of the island and started to head north.  After about an hour we met up with a group of 27 spotted dolphins!  Since the waters were rough, we observed them from the deck.  How thrilling it was to see them swimming all around the boat!  There were several young ones that leaped out of the water along with a group of older dolphins.  They eventually went their own way. 

We headed back towards the island and the wind protection that it offers and made several loops back and forth.  By 7:30p we were heading back towards the dock when we picked up several spotted dolphins on the bow!  They swam with us for a little while and then peeled off. 

Well, it was an interesting day on the boat.  I’m always thankful for the sunshine, warm waters and wonderful company aboard.  The dolphins just happen to be the icing on the cake!

Back to the dock for showers and dinner.  The chef’s theme was Cajun night!  Blackened shrimp, mahi-mahi and chicken.  It was so yummy.  For dessert he made my favorite:  peanut-butter cream pie.  I was in heaven!  We definitely need to do some power swimming with the dolphins tomorrow!!