What did we do today? Not much. And that was just perfect.
After a nice breakfast we headed across the street to the Port Lucaya Market. This shopping area has a split personality. The middle section has restaurants and high-end shops with duty-free jewelry, etc. On either side of the shopping area is the straw market. These little independently run stalls all sell pretty much the same thing – t-shirts, hats, and other trinkets from the Bahamas. As you walk past the vendors beckon you to come inside. After a couple of passes it gets to be a bit much as each tries to sell you something. I managed to walk out with only a new ball cap with “Bahamas” printed on it.
From the shops it was up to the room to get ready for the day’s main activity. I was preparing to do my best impression of a beached white whale.
The pool area wasn’t very busy when we first came out, so we took up prime positions near the swim-up bar and with views of the beach and ocean. And that’s pretty much where we stayed for the rest of the day. It was a bit cool for swimming, but the sun was just right. Someone came around and took lunch orders and drink orders whenever we needed it. Talk about being spoiled.
Rum drinks were the poison of choice, and we managed to get them without silly umbrellas. Laura ordered a “Lucaya Delight” which had enough Curacao to make the color of the drink match the ocean. Unfortunately, the flavor matched, too (not really.)
We only had a couple of drinks spread out over most of the day, so it wasn’t too bad.
Having been drenched in sun and rum, we headed up late afternoon to get ready for dinner. The sky was putting on quite a sunset show, so we rushed down with cameras to try to capture it. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a good spot to catch the sunset, but I did manage to shoot the sky’s colors.
Dinner was a Irie’s, one of the resort’s restaurants. We started with conch fritters, which were fantastic. Laura wanted simple, so she ordered crab and sweet potato bisque and a Caesar salad. I had jerked conch and rock lobster (ooowah). Mine was incredible. The spicy jerk seasonings were punctuated with bits of sweet mango. The flavor of the conch and lobster were excellent. Laura’s soup was light and delicate, and she declared the salad perfect.
From the restaurant we walked across to the local casino. I must admit. This was my first time ever in a casino, and I felt a bit weird. We wasted a very few dollars on nickle and quarter slots, and I decided I’d had about as much fun as I was going to have there.
Returning to the room we heard the weather forecast for home – chance of snow with 1-3 inches accumulation. The forecast for here tomorrow is for a high near 74. The rest of the week is supposed to be chillier, but that’s OK. While I miss the opportunity for a rare snowfall in the Carolinas, I think we’ll be just fine.