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Green Turtle Cay: Turtles, Sharks and Pristine Beaches

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Our previous visit to Green Turtle Cay in Abaco, Bahamas was 28 years ago as honeymoon phase 2. Arriving in Green Turtle Cay after spending two weeks in the Ecuadorian rain forest with the Cofan Indians was interesting to say the least.

The island looks and feels pretty much the same as it did in 1990 with the exception of more fancy houses (one of which we rented) and a paved main road. Before 2016, the main road was still a packed sand and concrete filled holes one laner. Now it is a wide, freshly-paved expanse.  Also, the New Plymouth Inn is no longer. Ah progress.

Our house was called Bannanaquit, which everyone on the island has a slightly different opinion about how to pronounce. The consensus seems to average out around “quit” versus “keet.” Great house with a beautiful pool situated smack dab in the middle of the two island nexuses.

Here are some pictures and videos from our trip.

Amy’s socks, specially designed for flying

Some unsolicited travel advice: avoid Silver Airways if you can. Their ops and maintenance needs serious work. We flew into Marsh Harbor and got an (expensive) cab up to the ferry. The ferry is super quick.

The ferry

Arrival means beach. Bita bay is great. Clear water, good snorkeling, and its own small coral barrier.

 

We built a bar. It was good.

The Bananquit home bar

When on Green Turtle, the best place for breakfast (bar none) is the liquor store. Really. We went twice.

Liquor store for breakfast?

Liquor store for breakfast

Go diving with Brendal. The diving off Green Turtle is pretty good, but the fish that Brendal has trained are remarkable. Ever seen a pet grouper? How about a school of fish waiting patiently for you to turn over rocks exposing worms. Brendal is a fun guy and an expert diver. (Thanks to Bebe Jacque for sharing bits from her gopro.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charter a boat

We chartered a boat one day, did some fishing then had one of the best wildlife experiences in our lives swimming with the turtles, nurse sharks, and sting rays. About 15 years ago, an enterprising boat captain started conditioning the wildlife inhabiting one of the bays to like humans. The result makes a great experience.

Amy meets the turtle

 

 

Do some nothing.

Amy

Sunset up north

We’ll be back in another 28 years!

A Day in Malta

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Medina

Beaching

Sunset Dingli Cliffs

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New Art at the Stick, Rainbows, and Sandcastles

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Merman by Neil Stavley

Merman by Neil Stavley

Mermaid by Neil Stavley

Mermaid by Neil Stavley

At the Stick on the porch

At the Stick on the porch

Rainbow dead ahead

Rainbow dead ahead

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Building

Building

Supervisor's umbrella

Supervisor’s umbrella

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Unbuilding

Unbuilding

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Great Advice

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[imagine this posting accompanied by Rachmaninov’s etudes-tableaux op 39, no 2 in A minor, a winter fire in the kitchen, and some roses]

Dear Winslow,

You are correct. I’m pretty sure we should deliver this now.

Thank you.

Untitled but obvious by Winslow McCagg

Untitled but obvious by Winslow McCagg

Yes.

Yes.

The dogs are on it!

Here they come Stick!

The front yard at the Stick

The front yard at the Stick

See more winslow.

Arabian Coast, Wadi Bani Khalid, Misfat Al Abrein – Oman

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Toes in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman

Toes in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman

Seabird

Seabird

hermit crab incognito.

hermit crab incognito.

stone and coral.

stone and coral.

Limestone Sinkhole  – from bikinis to burkas in this spot.
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Wadi – cool, clear, nearly empty.

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Son in Sandstone.

Son in Sandstone.

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Ceramic pots hung in windows to keep water cool.

Ceramic pots hung in windows to keep water cool.

men wash in mountain stream.

men wash in mountain stream.

Why You Are There. Salt Cay

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North.

North.

Salt Pond at Sunset.

Salt Pond at Sunset.

The experience of youth.

The experience of youth.

We are all so small.

We are all so small.

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