Friday, March 2, 2012

Highborne Cay

Here we are in Highborne Cay once more, with new visitors.  We love showing off "our islands" to friends who come to share this idyllic piece of heaven with us.  It's all too good not to share!

Due to some heavy weather (rain and reduced visibility) we were three hours south of Nassau when we pulled into the marina.  This is where the Exumas begin for us.  We had entertained the notion of dropping the anchor in Allen's Cay for a lunch with the wild iguanas, but the weather put us off.

Since our trip last year, we have found many changes on Highborne.   The new plantings around the marina from last season have taken root and filled in very nicely.  The new pagodas and picnic tables are a nice addition, as are the new pathways to the small beach at the west end, nearest the marina.
These photos are now "enlargable" for your viewing pleasure.



On the three-mile beach on the Sound, there are five new beach umbrellas with thatched roofs--great!  Nelson is the same colour as the beach sand, making him hard to see.  He likes to hide in plain sight.


Now the marina owners have added a row of bikes for rent.  I like the orange one with the coaster brakes the best.  It has wide handle bars and a squishy seat.  I feel like I'm 10 years old on my first bike when I'm on that thing!

Brand, spanking new, the Restaurant, opened just mid-January.  Beautifully constructed and appointed, it commands a stellar view of the anchorage and the Bank beyond.  It sits on the hill behind the office, accessed by a pretty walkway and a stairway with multiple landings twisting up and up and up again.


I can't show you who was sitting at the table next to us, because we promised not to.  Let me just say, The Captain had his picture taken with one of the models from the bikini photo shoot for Southern Boating Magazine.  We promised not to blog or Facebook our photos until the magazine publishes theirs.  Boy was The Captain excited.  He has printed off a copy of him and THE DISH and has it mounted beside his computer.  Every once in a while, I catch him drooling over it.  Here is a pic of the two of us instead.
You will have to imagine the younger version,
in a VERY SMALL bikini,
on the beach,
under the palm trees.
Oh My!!!!

Isn't this pretty?  This is the view from the bottom of the steps to the Restaurant.

The marina is a nice one, clean, quiet and just the right size to feel friendly and cosy.
Things look really cool with the underwater lights after dark.
If you enlarge this photo, you will see the tiny crescent moon just over the tuna tower of the boat.



The dark blue hull of Steadfast is nicely accented by the blue lights from the boat to our stern.


After 14 years as Marina Manager, the ever-smiling Barbara is retiring this week!  How sad to see her go.  Still, the staff and crew she leaves behind have been well-groomed to fill her shoes.  JJ is one of the helpful and courteous dock hands that make us look good, pulling us close in opposing winds, cleating us fast and welcoming us "Home Again" each time we visit.


The little touches of whimsy here and there around the island help to make magic happen on a regular basis.  No wonder this is one of our favourite islands in the Exuma Chain.  Here's your open invitation to visit us and get in on the magic.  It's Better in the Bahamas!


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