February 16-20, 2010... George Town, Great Exuma Island
Touring George Town on foot between chores has been fun as well; the 200-year old Anglican church is in a beautiful setting with luxurious purple bougainvillea setting off the blue and white building, and the colorful straw market downtown is a nice stop. We've kayaked and dinghyed several times into Lake Victoria and were pleasantly surprised by the clarity of the water - on our first trip in we even saw a tricolor heron - kind of a surprise for a relative urban setting (traffic, noise). We've kayaked up and down Stocking Island, taking some time on the beaches, and we climbed the ridge on the island, from which we could look out to the Exuma Sound and back across the harbor. Again, it is startling to see how many boats are here - last report was over 250. Today we snorkeled with a couple of friends -- early morning wave action churned things up a bit, but we made do and saw some coral, sponges, and fish. To be sure, we aren't getting tired of the colors of the water, and just sitting and staring is an acceptable pass time.
Last night we participated in one of the many 'cruiser' activities here in Camp George Town. It was the Valentine's Dance (postponed from last weekend due to weather) and we joined the crowd at the Chat 'n' Chill deck. We started the evening with conch burgers (ok - another experiment we don't have to repeat) and danced all night long as Rockin' Ron from Sea Dancer spun records from the 50s, 60s, and 70s -- with a more contemporary song thrown in once in a while. You can tell by the music that the average age of the cruiser here is above 50. It was a great party and we were happy to have the chance to dance.
Posted by SV Anhinga