1 Here's a lovely view of Baker's Bay Golf Course from Sip Sip, a Bahamian term for a place where people meet to eat, drink, and gossip.
2 This course is well designed by Tom Fazio, one of the world's preeminent golf course designers. It has many great players on it every day.
3 The Sip Sip is located above the fourth green and is centrally located near at least three holes.
4 This little shack is well-stocked with all kinds of beverages and goodies.
5 Old large glass floats have been used to mark the greens. These were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their fishing nets and droplines afloat.
6 The vistas are utterly amazing from every vantage point with dramatic water views from 11 of the 18 holes.
7 I was curious about the gumbo-limbo trees along the course. Leafless at this time of year, they have beautiful shiny bark and are very shapely.
8 Kevin wondering if he should take up the sport of golf
9 Another structural gumbo-limbo tree - These trees are well-adapted to salty and calcareous soils, found in many coastal areas.
10 They are also one of the most wind-tolerant trees and are fast growers.
11 This is one of the highest points on the golf course and one of the highest points on the island. Sitting nearly 60 feet above sea level, the 360 degree views are as spectacular!
12 This area is the future site of the 'beach club,' which is about to be built. The club will have frontage on both the Sea of Abaco and the Atlantic Ocean.
13 The island in the distance is privately owned.
14 Another view of where the beach club will be built.
15 Alexis and baby Jude walked and walked the beaches.
16 This is the northwestern tip of the island.
17 A large gumbo-limbo tree decorated with all sorts of washed up buoys, bumpers, and floats.
18 This lot is available for purchase.
19 There is a 'cat lady' on the island. She lives in the settlement and rescues stray cats, neuters them, and feeds them well. The cats love her.
20 All the cats are black, black and white, or shades of grey.
21 More cats!
22 There is also a black and white rabbit in a cage and two dogs.
23 This is Lisa Roberts, the cat lady. She is a kind, well-meaning, very friendly lady, who cares deeply about her 'job.'
24 Electric golf carts are the common mode of transportation, both on and off the course, and baby Jude loved driving around!
25 Sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous!
26 A favorite eatery in the settlement is Nippers Beach Bar on Great Guana Cay Harbor. This colorful place is famous for their Sunday pig roasts.
27 There are funny signs everywhere.
28 This is the one and only vegetable/fruit stand on the island.
29 It's very cute, but some days it's slim pickins.
30 The houses are artistically colored and tropical plantings abound.
31 We loved this purple and chartreuse paint job.
32 A magnificent sky at 5 pm
33 There is only one road on the entire island.
34 Leaving Baker's Bay by boat in the early morning
35 We went by boat to go snorkeling. This is a small island known as Shell Island.
36 Baby Jude was fascinated with the 'sea biscuits' we found. She enjoyed gnawing on these gritty textured sea urchins.
37 Here I am snorkeling for lobster. Lobster season in the Bahamas begins in August and ends in March.
38 The water was very, very rough and the lobsters were about ten feet below the surface.
39 In my right hand, I held onto a lifeline connected to the boat and in my left hand, a pole spear.
40 Maddy, Lisa's fourteen-year-old daughter, speared eight lobsters in a matter of minutes!
41 Unlike Maine lobsters, which are coveted for their large front claws, these lobsters are all about the tails.
42 Baby Jude wanted to pet this good sized lobster before it went into the cooler.
43 Maddy with yet another lobster
44 The Caribbean spiny lobster relies on its hard, protective shell and strong swimming abilities to evade predators.
45 However, there was no escaping Maddy and her spear!
46 We finally had enough for a first course.
47 Maddy is an excellent fisherwoman/spearfisher!
48 Along with lobster spearing, Alexis and Maddy dove for conch. Conch is very common in the West Indies.
49 About to take the plunge
50 Alexis and Maddy were wonderful divers.
51 Alexis emerged with her first shell. She found three in all.
52 The animal lives deep within the shell, much like a snail.
53 Willis, our Outdoor Pursuits Guide, showed off our impressive catch.
54 Our harvest of conchs - These were plenty for a large conch salad, which I made using diced green pepper, onion, red tomato, green tomato, fresh lime and orange juice, and sea salt.
55 Conch can be eaten both raw and cooked and it also makes delicious soups, stews, and fritters.
56 The shells are so wonderfully colored. Conchs, like other mollusks, can produce pearls in a wide variety of colors. Most commonly associated with conch pearls is the rosy pink hue similar to the color of the inner shell.
57 A great picture of Willis and a conch
58 When we were finished diving for these giant shells, Willis demonstrated how to harvest the meat.
59 He used a very well sharpened boning knife to extract the conch, and trimmed each very expertly.
60 Almost the entire animal is edible, athough most people prefer the taste of the sections that are lighter in color.
61 He continued to trim until the tender, meaty, chewy 'muscle' was left.
62 Each conch is slightly different inside.
63 The 'foot' of one of the conchs emerging from its shell - The sickle-shaped object is called an operculum, which digs into the sand and helps to move the heavy shell along.
64 Nine conchs in all - It is suggested that the claw-like operculum may also serve as a weapon to fend off predators.
65 A nice shot of Willis and our captain