We had originally hoped and planned to have my parents visit us in the Bahamas, but my mom’s current cancer treatment regime prevents her from traveling. Instead, we decided to come to Seattle to help celebrate her birthday. It’s sort of a bizarro spring break, trading the warm, sunny, and dry Bahamian climate for Seattle’s cold, dark, and wet March weather, but we’re excited to see family and friends, and have a long list of Seattle outings in the offing.
We booked a small-plane flight from Georgetown, Great Exuma to Fort Lauderdale aboard the oddly-named Watermakers Air (they started life as a company providing reverse-osmosis desalination plants for the islands) and were able to see from the air many of the places through which we’d just sailed. The four of us — along with a woman and her service doberman pinscher — were the sole passengers aboard a Cessna Caravan. We flew up around 12,000 ft at 135 knots northwest over the Exumas, New Providence, Andros, and Bimini before getting to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport about 2 hours later. From Fort Lauderdale, we had a regular American Airlines flight back to Seattle. After moving at just 6 knots for the last nine months, it’s sort of stunning to travel all the way across the country over a hundred times as quickly.
Heading back to the land of same-day Amazon deliveries, we compiled a list of items to acquire while back in the States. We think that we’ll even try to do some provisioning prior to our return, maxing out the 50-pound baggage limit on the return flight and replenishing some of what we have consumed since doing our heavy provisioning in Florida. Food, especially packaged food, is expensive and hard to come by in the Bahamas, where there are no Costcos or Trader Joes, only what comes in on the weekly mail boat.
Hope to add some photos and videos to the blog posts that we’ve previously made via the (extremely low-bandwidth) satellite phone.