Saturday, April 25, 2015
The center of Long Island has a small settlement called Clarence Town, named after someone by the name of Clarence, evidently, nobody seems to know. The official record says that 350 people live in Clarence Town, but it seems more like about 100 to me. This is where the mail boat arrives, and that alone makes it a popular spot. There is a marina here, but we like to anchor; the view is better, the breeze is better, and it is free, definitely better! There are a couple of really cool churches in Clarence Town, sitting proudly atop a hill, overlooking the water and the sinners below. Better not go fishing on Sunday morning, everyone in town will spot you out there! Just around the corner is a place called Lochabar. It sounds like a Scottish Lake, but it is actually a large saltwater bay, just south of the Clarence Town harbor, and it is a beautiful place. Our friends here on the island, are caretakers of sorts, for a place called Lochabar Lodge. Talk about location, this place rocks. There is room to anchor your sailboat, or powerboat, right in the bay, just one hundred feet from the lodge. The lodge itself, has three 'apartments', two downstairs and the main lodge upstairs. It is a bit rustic, this is not a Sandals resort, but it is absolutely private, totally pristine, and undeniably Bahamas original. The bay is only thirty feet deep, and shallow enough to snorkel around the edge, or just cool off for a bit in the the blue water.
Monday, April 20, 2015
A road trip was in order, as we had a vehicle, and a road, so hey, why not? Actually, there is a road, a single road, that draws a jagged line down the length of the island. It is called The Queens Highway, as the Bahamas were, until around 1996, a commonwealth of Britain of all things, when they finally wised up and told the stodgy Brits to stuff it. There is still plenty of evidence of this British influence around, mostly in the names of things actually, and now the Bahamas money interchanges one for one with the American dollar. Long Island was originally called Yuma by it's original settlers, a tribe of hearty Indians called the Lucayan Taino. There is no evidence that these peoples were from Yuma Arizona, it is just a coincidence in the name it seems. Anyway, sometime in the late 1400's, the King of Spain decided that it was time to explore West, in an attempt to find a faster sailing route to India. Going West would be easier, as it would be with the wind, instead of against it, something we are very familiar with here on Saltrun.