Friday, November 17, 2017

Bahamas - Day 7

the green is in the water channal

Today due to the snorkeling being too rough, we have exchanged our tour to go see the caves. We went to the Lucayan National Park to see caves, mangroves, and beaches. Prior to leaving Captain Brian blessed us with an amazing piece of coral. He also offered my hubby and youngest a 3+ hour boat ride for free. My hubby thought it would be too long of a ride for our son.
Coral from Captain Brian

Queen Esther was our driver yesterday for snorkeling. We asked her to run an errand for us on the way home. She did with such joy. We were thankful she was our driver today to the Lucayan National Park and Caves.
The Lucayan National Park had interesting composting bathrooms, after using the bathroom, 1 scoop of pine shavings are poured into the toilet.
Composting toilet

Joe and Tim in one of the caves
walking through the mangrove forest



Gold Rock Beach

Lucayan Estuary
Queen Esther spoiled us rotten and after our tour she tooknus to Banana Beach to an amazing restaurant with Guava Duff's and Mango Daiquiris.
Banana Beach and a Mango daiquiri
The view was amazing as was the food.
Banana Bay Beach
This is our last night here. What a wonderful family vacation we have enjoyed this week!
Friday night is the resort's outdoor movie night. The movie tonight is Arrival.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bahamas - Day 6

This morning our son woke us before 6, before the sunrise. Makes one wonder what plans he has for the day that he needed such an early start. It is a beautiful morning today! Our plan is to go on a power boat ride for our youngest and husband and snorkeling/private beach trip with the rest of the family.
Our son LOVED the power boat ride. He started laughing when we told him he was going on a boat ride and laughed until he fell asleep.
The sea was too rough for snorkeling, the boat ride out to the reef was an adventure all on it's own. While waiting for the shuttle ride back to the resort, we walked the beach and found at least 6 Sea Biscuits and a medium size beautiful conch shell.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bahamas - Day 5

This morning we woke to off and on rain. The older boys have gone to the beach for the morning, our younger son and hubby spend the day at the pool, while I am baking a whole food, plant based apple pie for our sunset cruise captain. Captain Brian is bringing the ingredients he can get and a sharp knife. How wonderful to meet yet another person, in another part of the world wanting to eat in a healthier manner!!!


He was able to bring, a pie crust, a bag of red apples, oatmeal, 6 dates, a lime, and salt. We had a package of apple cinnamon oatmeal that we added and a 1/2 cup of pineapples. You can't have apple pie without cinnamon.
This is what I did, Captain Brian will let me know if it is any good, I have celiac and can't eat gluten.

Directions:
Cored and sliced the red apples and squeezed half a lime over them with a dash of salt to let them sit for about 15 minutes.
Pureed the dates with water, 1/2 cup of pineapples, the other half of the lime juiced and mixed the puree with the apples.
For the topping I blended the oatmeal, including my hubby's pack of apple cinnamon with a handful of the apple mixture to add some sweetness.
Baked for 30 minutes, rotating at 20 minutes.

If it is any good, we may make another one tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bahamas - Day 4

Day 4 in the Bahamas is again beautiful!!! Wonderful day at the pool! The people here are so kind, they brought our son a float to paddle around the pool for hours.
Our plans for the day are relaxing at the pool and this evening a sunset cruise for my hubby and I.
our captain , Brian, for the evening!


the sun setting




Monday, November 13, 2017

Bahamas - Day 3

Day 3 is just as beautiful as day 2. The weather is amazing, already 75 this morning. It is wonderful having all three of our boys with us on this vacation. Today's plan is to go to Port Lucaya Marketplace.
The resort had a party tonight, chicken, rice, and beans with free Bahama Mamas or fruit punch.

Such a beautiful sunset. Good night everyone.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bahamas - Day 2

This morning we woke to the birds singing and the water lapping in the marina and a wonderful 74 degrees.

We enjoyed breakfast outside


a morning stroll

We are now in search of a grocery store  for some of the island's seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our taxi driver told us mangoes, bananas, yams, breadfruit should be on our list, greens are on mine.

From our grocery shopping we were able to piece together a Teriyaki Lentil dish.
We boiled potatoes, stir fried mushrooms and carrots in Cindy's Kitchen Teriyaki Hibachi Style . We tossed in a can of brown lentils (rinsed and drained) and the potatoes. It tasted amazing/ We served this with a salad and Cindy's Kitchen Tomato Basil Dressing

According to the Bahamians, I have a unique gift, my sinuses can tell the change of barometric pressure creating a headache when a storm is approaching. I asked if rain was in the forecast, with a long tale about no one can predict the weather... I mentioned that my head told me it was going to rain. Since it did, I am now the resident weather girl. 
Rainbow from the afternoon showers
Our two other sons arrived tonight to start this family vacation.

Bahamas - Day 1

We left for the Bahamas today at 8:30. Two airplane rides later we arrived. Our son did great!!! FYI the Fort Lauderdale TSA doesn't like a nutribullet in one's carry on luggage. The blades are considered a dangerous weapon. That bag was checked on the second leg of the journey.

We have arrived at the Ocean Reef and Yacht Resort. We were greeted and blessed by some of the nicest people, including our taxi driver, giving us their featured drink, Bahama Mama. We are off to dinner, until tomorrow.