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Happy in Hope Town

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Tuesday, February 10 to Saturday, February 21, 2015

On February 10th, after one night at the Abaco Beach Resort in Boat Harbour, we head over to Hope Town, one of our favourite places in the Bahamas. It’s another cool and windy day, but we are getting used to that now. Compared to being out on unprotected ocean crossings, the windy weather here on the Sea of Abaco between the islands seems like a piece of cake.

The lovely Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour

The lovely Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour

The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club has cocktail hour each night in the tent

The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club has cocktail hour each night in the tent at the Abaco Beach Resort

This large boat is docked at Boat Harbour while they film the show 'Below Deck', a reality series about crew on a large yacht

This large boat is docked at Boat Harbour while they film the show ‘Below Deck’, a reality series about crew on a large yacht

When we arrive in the Hope Town harbour and pull into the Hope Town Inn and Marina, it feels like coming home since we spent so much time here last year. And, they put us in the slip right next to our friends, Louise and Guy on Miss Ellie, from Vancouver who we spent lots of time with last year. It’s so great to see them again!  Unfortunately, the other couple who was with us here last year also, Debra and John (Mandalay) have been stuck in Florida waiting for good weather to make the Gulf Stream crossing. With all this wind and bad weather, they haven’t been able to make it across for weeks.

Relaxing at the Hope Town Inn and Marina on one of the few days warm enough to sit in the sun

Relaxing at the Hope Town Inn and Marina on one of the few days its been warm enough to sit in the sun

Silver Maple docked next to Miss Ellie

Silver Maple docked next to Miss Ellie

Sunset in Hope Town on Valentines Day

Sunset in Hope Town on Valentines Day

Michael, captains the shuttle that takes us to town from the marina

Michael captains the shuttle that takes us to town from the marina

Valentines Day dinner at the Abaco Inn

Great Valentines Day dinner by the fireplace at the Abaco Inn

We’ve now been in Hope Town for over a week. Besides the windy weather which has made getting around challenging, we like it here in Hope Town so have been enjoying the downtime. This week has been the Hope Town Song Writers Festival with a number of shows taking place around the Elbow Cay island, so we are enjoying some entertainment and lots of time with friends.

Sunday we have pot luck happy hour by the pool and some of the guys, including Guy (Miss Ellie) play guitar to entertain the group

Sunday we have pot luck happy hour by the pool and some of the guys, including Guy (Miss Ellie) play guitar to entertain the group

Pot luck at Happy Hour

Pot luck at Happy Hour

Randy and Louise (Miss Ellie) enjoying the music at happy hour

Randy and Louise (Miss Ellie) enjoying the music at happy hour

Hope Town Song Writers Festival at the Hope Town Inn and Marina

Hope Town Song Writers Festival at the Hope Town Inn and Marina

Dinner with Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie) at the Song Writers Festival

Dinner with Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie) at the Song Writers Festival

Bonfire helps to keep everyone warm at the festival

Bonfire helps to keep everyone warm at the festival

Friday night at Sip Sip in Hope Town with Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie), missing Debra and John (Mandalay) who are still stuck in Florida

Friday night at Sip Sip in Hope Town with Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie), missing Debra and John (Mandalay) who are still stuck in Florida

Looks like we will be leaving Hope Town on Monday and heading down to Sea Spray. We haven’t been there since our first trip to the Abacos. From there, we plan to spend a couple of days in Marsh Harbour, then head up north so we are ready to do the Whale Cay crossing later in the week. Trip is starting to come to an end for another year. Time flies!

2 thoughts on “Happy in Hope Town

  1. Thanks again for your pictures. The weather here in February has been brutal. The snow banks are high and the sidewalks full of snow and ice. Wearing jackets eh? Take it easy guys. Enjoy! Toronto has had some awful weather as well. Extreme cold they say they should be here in North Bay or Thunder Bay then they would know cold. A lot of water pipes bursting here. CAA has been quite busy here as well. Fender benders people do not know how to drive in this weather.

    Boy will be glad when spring arrives. Joe and I are fine. Ottawa of course has also been brutal colder than us. Their horses seem to weather the cold though. Scott and Marty leave for their cruise on March the 5th. There are 7 of them going this time. I forget the name of the cruise ship but it will be their 3rd time going. They are enjoying their hot tub. Scott is still suffering a lot with his back. A year and a half to see a surgeon. His Dr. Sent a requistion for Pain Management it would be for a week. This is also has a waiting list of a year and a half. So much for our Health system.

    Our hospital and University have been laying off employees. Waiting for the 3rd cut at the hospital. Terrible, terrible. They will need more volunteers. I have given up my volunteering at both places now. My eyes are not good since I had Cataract surgery in February a year ago. Severe dry eye. Sucks!!
    OH WELL THE GOLDEN YEARS ARE NOT SO GOLDEN I THINK!

    Take care guys

    Love Joan

  2. Hi Lee and Randy!
    We are enjoying your travel blog! Thank-you so much for sharing your adventure. I’m glad to hear that you have been able to safely travel through the weather and winds this winter. As your friend Joan said (Hi Joan!) it has been quite cold here with extreme windchills. Today it feels tropical, (-11 degrees) so I think we’re going to embrace the day and head out skiing. Take care!
    Lorry

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