19 April 2009

Pining for a vacation on a Sunday morning

It's nearing the end of April already and I am in dire need of a break. However, times being what they are, all of my vacation plans for 2009 have been shelved. Poor me, right? Anyhow, I went to dinner with some friends last weekend and we did hammer out a plan for a get away at the end of August.

One of the perks to living in Florida is our proximity to the Windward Caribbean and The Bahamas. So in an effort to streamline and economize what have been growing into some ambitious (and expensive) vacations, we're going back to The Bahamas. Specifically, the Out Islands of The Bahamas. Depending on where you are, that may sound extravagant, but it's really not. Our target, Cat Island is only 350 miles away. 350 miles to get to another world entirely sounds like a good deal to me.

The Out Islands of The Bahamas are the islands farthest east of the US and they're anchored by the larger islands; Cat Island, Eleuthera and the Exumas. I have been to Cat Island six times in the last couple of years and it is a paradise beyond my ability to describe it. The Out Islands Promotion Board just produced this video extolling the many virtues of this heaven on earth. As an added bonus, I've been to all of the locations in this video and a lot of it was filmed on the very beach where we stay over there. Pay attention to the next to the last scene and you'll see an empty hammock slung between two palm trees.

Well, here's that same hammock, only it's occupied by my great friend JD. I think it's a sign.


  1. Now I want to go to The Bahamas too!!! I love the shot of the two kids running down the beach and into the water. That's totally how I feel when I'm near water -- I just want to jump right in!!

    I agree, your friend in the hammock is definitely a sign!! :-)

    Thanks for sharing your childhood summer memories on my summer dreamin' post :-) We have a family cottage on a small lake just across the border in Quebec. My parents & grandparents bought the lot in the '50s, cleared it, and then a little pre-fab house went up. When I came along, my dad & grandpa put on an addition with a living room and bedroom.

    It's small and not fancy and I sleep on a futon in the living room, but I love it there :-) I go to the cottage every weekend from June to September.

    We have a plan in the works to tear down the cottage and build a new one. There's just so much work that needs to be done to it that in the long run, it'll probably be cheaper and easier to start fresh. We shall see....


  2. Your cottage sounds idyllic Kelly. One of these days I whip out my Canadian childhood photos. My brothers and their families sill go up to the old homestead but I haven't been there in years. Maybe when they bring in running water and electricity I'll go back.


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