Our First Island

After a rough ride across the ocean, we arrived at our first island in the Bahamas: Harbor Island, Eleuthera. Before setting foot on land, we had to call up the customs office to get our visas. Several phone calls, one boat ride, and many hours later, we were granted our visas. Even though the day had a slow start, we were excited to explore the town. We gathered our things and took TARDIS (yes, we named our dinghy) into Dunmore Town.

The colorful houses and shops gave contrast to the tall palm trees and bright sunshine. Everything felt tropical and bright. The colors so rich and vibrant. Our first island! Every bit of it seemed to say, “Relax! Enjoy! You’re in da Bahamas mon.”

We could write an entire book on the raw beauty of the Bahamas, but--really--there’s only one thing that demands explanation: the water. You could look-up “water Bahamas” and Google would show you a few beaches or a blue hole, but the pictures don’t come close to the experience of staring straight down off the side of Velocir into glassy water. Twelve, fifteen, even thirty feet down! All completely clear.

Try this: Imagine you’re on Velocir. It’s a completely calm day and the sun is high in the sky. You step into the dinghy, TARDIS, and grab the ores, one in each hand. You row gently away from Velocir, barely disturbing the still water. About ten feet away from the boat, you float. The ripples from your rowing disappear and in front of you Velocir looks as if it’s floating in midair, the white sand stretching below her keel. You can see the entire boat from top to bottom. She’s in seven feet of crystal clear water. You spot a few small fish swimming around the boat and, oh! There’s a nurse shark scouring the seafloor for scraps. The brown shark makes a sharp jerk. It found the fish skeleton Dustin just threw overboard. You can see it all, in the dinghy, floating in motionless water. Bright blue and 100% clear. Though this barely does it justice, this is a small glimpse into the awe that the Bahamas’ water brings.

The next few days at Dunmore Town fell into a routine: The Girls (Sierrah and Morgan) hung out at the coffee shop and worked on Life Out Loud; Erin shopped for food and crafted amazing meals; and Dustin scouted the waters for fish and lobsters. This is the rhythm we followed the entire trip.

We call ourselves the A-Team because the four of us “fit.” We each have our own jobs. Dustin ensures the safety and comfort of the crew and hunts for fishes and lobsters. Erin does the cooking, laundry, and provisioning. Sierrah and Morgan keep the boat clean and work on Life Out Loud. We play to our strengths and cover each other’s weaknesses, making a powerful team...the A-Team.

The island is known for its pineapples, and we got the chance to taste some pineapple ice cream one of the locals had handmade. She was selling the ice cream right out of her house and her family was hanging around the scene in their golf carts. It felt like a tailgate party, since most Bahamians on the smaller islands drive golf carts instead of cars. We talked with the locals for a while, and when we’d headed back to Velocir, Dustin stopped to talk to Richard, a Bahamian with a fishing boat who was willing to take Dustin out fishing.

Stay tuned for our next blog post to see why it was a bad idea for Dustin to go fishing with Richard and find out what we stole from a deserted island. Sign up for our email list for updates so you don’t miss a new post.

Bahamas’ water is one of the most beautiful sights we’ve seen. What have you seen that takes your breath away? Let us know in the comments!

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