Month: January 2014

Settling In: Bimini, Bahamas

You guys have been so supportive and our Wi-Fi is so good, I thought I should give you a quickie post about our first few days here in Bimini.  It’s pretty unreal and we still haven’t accepted how amazingly lucky we are to be here, but we are trying really hard to make the best of it and enjoy everyday….

We’ve had a couple of glitches since we’ve been here, the first one being our fridge.  It has been a little inconsistent since North Carolina, but it’s always pulled itself together after a rest.  Not the case since we’ve been here.  It’s driving JR crazy ’cause he can’t get his hands on what he needs to fix it.  We don’t have time for this!  We have beaches to explore, dang it!

The second little itch has been cell service.  It’s fairly easy to get connected here (expensive, but easy.)  All you need is an unlocked cell phone and you mosey on over to BELCO and buy a chip.  Then you add money as needed.  If you have an unlocked smartphone, you can add data too.  We did, made a couple of calls and then the thing said we were out of money.  We mosied back on over and found out our 20 minute call to the fridge folks, an incoming call from Jake’s Grandma, and a 6 minute call to my dad (using a calling card) ate our $20 worth of voice time.  Dang.  So we added more money today and decided to be a little more careful with our 80 cents a minute cell phone.  Unfortunately, we didn’t think to be careful with the unlocked iPhone and it got soaked during our stroll through the rain this afternoon.  I know, I know, our life is really hard :)

We have had a few opportunities to hit the beach during all of our terrible, terrible luck and spent yesterday afternoon there with some friends.  Today was rainy and beautiful. We are waiting for perfect wind to head over to The Berry Islands so we might be here for a week or so.  We may also be ordering a new fridge, only time will tell.  We did discuss taking a night or two away from the marina and anchoring out near some good snorkeling spots.  We found a few spots on-line but they are a tinkle too far of a dinghy ride.  Again, only time will tell.

Anyway, here are some pics.  It really looks like this.  I feel like I am in a Corona commercial at all times.  The beach is maybe 200 yards away from our boat.  It’s incredible.  We are so fortunate.  Wish you were here, for real :)

The beach.  The only people there were us and our friends.  It's incredible.

The beach. The only people there were us and our friends. It’s incredible.

Just so you know I'm not stealing pics from Corona's website, here's me in the crystal clear water.

Just so you know I’m not stealing pics from Corona’s website, here’s me in the crystal clear water.

Us at the beach.

Us at the beach.

Today was rainy.  This is the dock our boat is tied to.

Today was rainy. This is the dock our boat is tied to.  That. Is. Water.