Reminiscing about our 2013 summer beach adventures….

Happy in Hope Town
Happy in Hope Town

As the cold weather is keeping us bundled up inside (well not too bad as we are in New Orleans) and the Pirate is recuperating from his third and final knee surgery (they put in a new one this time), we are thinking about the fun times we had this summer in the warm and sunny climates of the Bahamas and Nantucket.  I never did get around to uploading photos and trip reports from those trips and now seems a good a time as any….

In July we spent a wonderful 12 days in the Bahamas with our friends Sloane and Mike.  We rented a beach home in Hope Town, Abaco.  The house was perfect, named By the Sea as it sits directly on a beautiful beach.   However, it was quite windy while we were there making the surf untenable.  Lucky for us, we also had a pool!  We mostly lounged by the pool and made all sorts of tropical drinks each day.  In fact, it is quite obscene the amount of rum and champagne that we went through.

Pirate and Mike at ferry landing in Marsh Habor
Pirate and Mike at ferry landing in Marsh Habour
Our porch on the beach..
Our porch on the beach..
Sampling tropical concoctions at the bar
Sampling tropical concoctions at the bar
Beautiful beach views
Beautiful beach views

We also took day trips to Marsh Harbor to see friends who live there and to Guana Cay to the fun and rowdy Nippers and the more subdued Grabbers.  The Sea of Abaco was pretty rough to make the crossing to those islands in the small boat that we rented so we opted to take a larger power boat and all was great!  Even better since someone else was captaining beside us, we didn’t have to limit the number of Nippers and Guana Grabbers we consumed.

Birthday dinner for Pirate
Birthday dinner for Pirate
Pirate at Nippers
Pirate at Nippers
Hope Town Light House
Hope Town Light House

We ate loads of conch and grouper at a myriad of beach shacks all around the island.  Our main mode of transportation was a golf cart, which got us everywhere we needed to go.  We had a fantastic and relaxing time.   The Bahamas is not our favorite place, but spending it with great friends made it a trip to remember.  We will probably never go back to Hope Town, but we will definitely see Mike and Sloan again in other beachy locales each summer!

 

Our trusty transportation
Our trusty transportation

In September we spent some time on Nantucket with our besties Amie and Bill.  They invite us to their home there every year and we never turn them down!  Amie and Bill have also flown down to meet us on the boat each year for the last 6 years.  The weather was a tad chilly when we visited them in Nantucket this year so we didn’t do our usual beach days and shore fishing.  However, we did do our usual bar hopping and decadent eating.  We also enjoyed another fabulous meal at the Galley with our friends Karen and Jim.  As Pirate was suffering with his beat up knee and Bill was suffering with his beat up back, we did lots of relaxing and game playing at the house.  We killed a few bottles of rum and wine and dozed in the yard under the trees.  It was the perfect getaway!

Chilling at beach for sunset with Bill and Amie
Chilling at beach for sunset with Bill and Amie
Bill and Cajun at Cisco Brewery
Bill and Cajun at Cisco Brewery
A walk on the beach..
A walk on the beach..
Pirate and Cajun enjoying sunset
Pirate and Cajun enjoying sunset

 

In addition to these beach vacations, we had lots of fun times in our little town of Newport.  Newport is quite the bustling place in the summer months.  And we did our yearly trek to the Indy 500 to see our good friend Jim.  It was a busy and fun summer that flew by as all summers tend to do.   We are now ready for our next summer adventures.  Bring it on 2014!

Amie and Cajun at Castle Hill for Sunday brunch
Amie and Cajun at Castle Hill for Sunday brunch
Our gang
Our gang
A lovely Sunday at Castle Hill
A lovely Sunday at Castle Hill

 

 

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