I’m writing this blog from Duncan Town. Here, goats cross the street, and cars are few and far between. Local resident, Maxine Wallace, tells me that the town population is 70 people.
Internet access is available at the local clinic. We rely on WiFi. We have no Internet access on the boat otherwise. The clinic waiting room is outdoors. You can sit in the chairs and use the Internet for free. Here is a picture of my family outside the clinic.
Here, abandoned houses cozy up to well-inhabited structures. We saw a laundry machine on the front porch of one house along with some rusty bicycles. But, the local grocery store is impeccable, save for a few ants that danced about the sugar. I bought two bags and then put them in the freezer.
Maxine showed me her dried conchs yesterday.
The conchs are sent by mail boat to sell in Nassau.
Maxine, by the way, is the cousin of Edward, who you would know if I could post blogs more frequently.
We met Edward a few days ago on Buenavista Cay. He is the sole resident of the island and is very friendly. Edward has no motorized method of transport. He has no generator, which means he has no refrigeration, and appears to sleep in a hammock on the main level of his dwelling. Here is a picture taken in Edward’s yard.
Edward showed us his chickens, peacocks, dogs, and garden. He grows papayas, peanuts, corn and sweet potato. All of his water is supplied by rain.
Here is a picture with Edward and our son, Paul.
Edward was our first human contact since we left Georgetown a few days ago. Before that, we were exploring a cave at Flamingo Cay and viewing sharks from our dinghy. Here is a picture taken from inside the cave.
Natural light shines through holes in the ceiling of the cave. We went a low tide, and saw sharks swimming close to shore.
Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes to our twins. It was their birthday yesterday. They are now five years’ old.
We are spending one more night in Duncan Town before working our way south. We hope to see more reefs and perhaps some flamingos before we leave the Bahamas.