January 9, 2009

My first day on the island of Abaco, a quiet and friendly place

After my stay at the Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona, I traveled to the Abaco Islands, a string of Bahamian islands located about 200 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. The Bahamas consist of over 700 islands and 2,400 cays – small islands made up of sand and coral. My good friend, Muffin Dowdle and her husband, Jimmy, invited me to stay at their beachfront vacation home. The Abacos were settled by loyalists during the 1700’s, who were fleeing the American Revolution. These original settlers busied themselves with salvaging wrecks, with boat building, and with farming. Today, many Abaconians still work at the traditional occupations of boat building, farming, and fishing. And there are several quaint family-run guest houses and inns in which to stay.

Abaco is a very quiet, nothing-to-do kind of place and I had a surprisingly nice time there. We went deep-sea fishing for grouper and albacore, bone fishing – very fun but hard to do, wild pig hunting – none were taken, visited the agricultural community, swam in the “blue hole” in the ocean, visited Green Turtle Cay, met some interesting locals, cooked a lot of terrific meals, walked a lot, biked a lot, and read a lot. Thank you Muffin and Jimmy for being such good and attentive hosts.

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