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It IS Better in the Bahamas!
July 13th, 2009 by Kate

Phoebe & Jack's Ocean Playground

The beaches and ocean here really are quite amazing… the one behind my sister’s house is by Bahamian-standards considered an “average” beach – nothing special – HA!!!!

The beach:  White sand finer than powder, tons of sea shells at low tide, no other people for a mile on each side, sea oat swaying, sea grapes sweetening the air, and in the afternoon, a beautiful breeze from the tradewinds…

The ocean:  When I get back to the real world, I’m going to make an entire box of crayola crayons that are just the shades of blue of the ocean in these islands.  There will be at least 50 crayons in that box.  You know when you are a kid you hear people say “the eskimos have 100 different names for snow”, well we are going to have to come up with new names to describe blue, because it would be a shame to let all these magnificant colors go unrecognized.

Behind my sister’s house, the ocean is literally a playground.  Within swimming distance are grassy beds with conch and starfish, small coral reefs teeming with Nemo and his peeps, sandy bottomed areas with sea cucumbers and other fabulously squishy creatures (hopefully Tess will post about her new best friend, the sea slug – no offense intended Chloe), and an area the girls have deemed “the sand dollar graveyard”.  At low tide, all of these areas are in less than 4 feet of water!  

We take the sea kayaks out about a 1/4 mile, stick our heads in to see if anything peaks our interest, set anchor, and plop on in (for those keeping track – the water is about 84F). 

Yes, indeed it IS better in the Bahamas…

Tessa with one of 100 starfish

Tessa with one of 100 starfish

Nacho Bahamas

6 Responses  
Jennifer Prescott writes:
July 14th, 2009 at 11:37 am

Oh my, that sounds wonderful. I love your description of the blues of the ocean. Do you know anything about the conservation efforts there? Hopefully there are laws there to protect and conserve the resources.

I went to Catalina Island last month where I was shocked to find that after an expensive ferry ride to get there, you have to pay to set foot on the tiny, dirty, overcrowded and shell-less beach.

Tessa writes:
July 14th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

JUST FOR THE RECORD THE SEA SLUGS ARE THE WORST AND N-O-T my best friends -_-

2nd that is a HORRIBLE picture of me….

Lisa Maksym writes:
July 16th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Kate – Jessica just shared the link to your site with me. Oh my gosh, what a spectacular year you have ahead of you. Who needs books for homeschooling when you are traveling the world?!

Be safe and have fun.

Miranda writes:
July 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Tessa, it is not a horrible picture of you close though…it’s ADORABLE. You have grown up a little since the last time I saw you (Kate, you were right! You better watch out!) Your blogs are such a delight to read. You have a gift for writing little one. Can’t wait to read more.

Miranda

Sam writes:
July 17th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

No it isn’t Tessa!!! And Sea Cucumbers are the best!!!!!

chloe writes:
July 24th, 2009 at 7:04 am

oh wow that really sounds like you are depresed! jerk! jkjkjkjk dude i really miss you! luv ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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