Dream Destination

Nov. 26: At the front door of the Andros branch of the Bahamian Minister of Tourism we were met by a WOW! She had a sash diagonally across her chest announcing her title “Miss Teen Bahamas 2011.” Why was she there? Unknowingly, we had arrived in Andros on the Harvest Festival weekend. This had several implications, not all good.

Officially the ferry docked in Andros Town which is connected by a bridge to Coakley Town. Androsians simply call both settlements Fresh Creek, named for the “creek”that separates the two settlements. We checked into the single story, small concrete hotel with its wooden shingled roof. The Lighthouse Marina Hotel is described in the Yachtsman guide as a “dream destination.” I’m not sure whose dream we’re talking about. Our room was white: floor, walls and ceiling with a fluorescent light. Great for a hospital room but not exactly charming. Anyway, no sooner had we checked into our room, than thunderous music began, so loud that the room shook. And this was just the DJ warming up. The speakers were just a few hundred feet from our sliding glass door. On our request, the manager relocated us to the “villa” furthest away from the docks and deck and music.

Our goal while here was to tour the island seeking locations for a particular scene for Night Watch. The two and one half cars normally available for rent by the filling station were all taken. (See Funeral Party entry), but Carrington, a Bahamian we met in front of the hotel was happy to spend several hours with us, taking us, along with his 4 year-old son, CJ, around and showing us places we never would have discovered on our own. (describing his vehicle is a blog entry unto itself!) As part of this trip, we visited his home, where his fiance was baking goods for the festival.


One place he did not take us was to the US Naval base, know by the anachronism AUTEC, Atlantic Underwater Warfare Center, which is located about a mile south of our hotel. We walked there, discretely took pictures of the entrance, and left. No need to try to get inside. AUTEC has the same level of mystic as the Chickchcarnie. Androsians treat it the same way and don’t ask too many questions.  

It’s now Sunday morning, the festival lasted a lot longer than we did. Let me just say, we don’t know when the music stopped and we heard the fireworks but didn’t see them. At 11:30 we will take the ferry back to Nassau. We have the information we need for the Andros section of Night Watch.


P.S. For a country with expensive electricity, I could make a suggestion about wattage and cost, but Bahamain music is sacred here and just as off-limits as AUTEC!

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to Dream Destination

  1. TBC says:

    Too funny about the posh destination villa! All fodder for writing, for sure.

    As to your comment on Bahamian music, I think that applies to all island music. It is sacred, as you two, of all people, should know! 😉



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