26 February 2007

Hope Town, Abacos, The Bahamas

February 26, 2007

The harbor at Hope Town. Can anyone find Whisper? (hint: look for the smallest sailboat in the middle of the picture)

We’ve spent the last few days exploring Hope Town and enjoying the beaches on the island. On Friday we biked towards the south end of the island and hiked down to a beach where we took advantage of the nice winds and few people to fly our kite. Hans is becoming an expert kite flyer and manages to fly the kite so the corners skim across the surface of the sand before shooting back up in the sky.

A beach on Elbow Cay (the island on which Hope Town is located).

The path to the beach.

Hans flying the kite.

The Hope Town Volunteer Fire Department held their annual fundraiser on Saturday. The main street running through Hope Town was blocked off and they had organized games, food, drinks, a bake sale and a silent and regular auction. The historical marine artifacts that were up for sale at the auction were gorgeous, but we just couldn’t figure out where we could store a 1920s brass telescope on Whisper!

The auction benefiting the Hope Town Volunteer Fire Department.

Yesterday we lounged around for most of the day and around sunset we walked to the top of the lighthouse to watch the lighthouse keeper light it for the night. The lighthouse was built in the late 1800s and it is still lit by kerosene and needs to be hand-cranked every two hours to keep the beam circulating. It is quite an operation to light the wick and we were lucky enough to be invited to the top of the lantern to get a sort of inside-out view of the lighthouse.

vertigo, anyone?

The Hope Town light house.