Update, and Settlements

Hey folks!

Apologies – I’ve been quiet lately, and I’ve only got two more weeks to tell the story of this trip! A few grants and figuring out the shape of my last few weeks here took up the brain-space the blog usually leases. So little time left at Schooner Bay, and things still to write and see, and a slowly dying computer. Evening screenings of Sharknado (classic film) and The Honourable Woman, both of which I strongly recommend. Ah, Summer.

With a hefty theory post in the works, I give you this amuse-bouche: a quick romp through the week.

A hot sun beat down on Hope Town. We compensated with ice cream for breakfast, like adults.
A hot sun beat down on Hope Town. We compensated with ice cream for breakfast, like adults.
This kid was NOT having it on the ferry ride over. She is also, coincidentally, my childhood self transported into the future.
This kid was NOT having it on the ferry ride over. She is also, coincidentally, my childhood self transported into the future. I wouldn’t have rocked the shades, though.

Amelia and I visited Hope Town by ferry – Hope Town features prominently in my next post so I’ll be brief. I insisted we visit the bar where Dr. Kelso from Scrubs orders his Bahama Mamas (locally, a Goombay Smash). For once, I was an unapologetic tourist. Gary, the bartender, knew my Scrubs scrub type and called me “Doctor.” We walked as much of the island as we could, ate some delicious fritters, beached, and explored a site Schooner Bay idolizes.

Me and my Bahama Mama
Me and my Bahama Mama
slightly drunk selfie, in the interest of honest reporting.
slightly drunk selfie, in the interest of honest reporting.

We’ve stopped by two settlements recently, Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point. I loved both visits, but something about Sandy Point is sticking with me – it was pretty dense but, at the southern point of the island, quiet and encompassed by horizon. I want to go explore some more, but time, time, time.

"Cheer Up!" said the house. Crossing Rocks, en route to the convenience store. Friendly folks, families fanning themselves on porches, two siblings taking turns on a toy bike.
“Cheer Up!” said the house. Crossing Rocks, en route to the convenience store. Friendly folks, families fanning themselves on porches, two siblings taking turns on a toy bike.
Sandy Point - for some reason I love this.
Sandy Point – for some reason I love this.
Crawfish season opens tomorrow, and boats are already on the horizon.
Crawfish season opens tomorrow, and boats are already on the horizon.

Finally, yesterday, we visited the Abaco Club at Winding Bay. Hyper-exclusive, beautiful, and empty. Maybe 5 people in the entire, massive campus, and houses worth over $13 Million that are used maybe 3 weeks out of the year. Particularly interesting to me was the management structure – there has been, and will be, a lot of turnover, and there remains an odd balance between the homeowner management and the oversight of the entire site.

Amelia, oh-so-cool, looking cute, and always behind the camera. Nice scenery, I guess...
Amelia, oh-so-cool, looking cute, and always behind the camera. Nice scenery, I guess…
Homes overlooking the Windward side.
Homes overlooking the Windward side.
One of the world's most beautiful golf holes, reportedly. I got to pick up the flag, it made my summer.
One of the world’s most beautiful golf holes, reportedly. I got to pick up the flag, it made my summer.
But honestly it takes $1.5 million to maintain a golf course in the Bahamas - a dune should not look like a Windows computer desktop.
But honestly it takes $1.5 million to maintain a golf course in the Bahamas – a dune should not look like a Windows computer desktop.
But yeah it was pretty nice. Maybe once I pay off my student loans I can build my $2 million chalet.
But yeah it was pretty nice. Maybe once I pay off my student loans I can build my $2 million chalet.

Slight apology for the boring update, no critical content, etc. Emancipation Day is Monday, so Schooner will be busy this weekend. I’m looking forward to it! Amelia and I will check out Little Harbor’s celebration before coming back and checking out the scene. Also, excitingly, I’m going to Island School next weekend!  For too little time, but I’m just excited to be back. Expect posts and nostalgia.

Love,

Rennie

p.s. Follow my instagram at @reediemeyers for a photojournal of my trip!

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