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Postcards from Bimini.

We’re in the B-A-H-A-M-A-S!!!!!!!!!!

:)))))))))))

Bimini to be exact.

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Holy smokes, I can hardly believe it.

After a pretty smooth 12-hour sail across the Gulf Stream (minus our exhaustion from total lack of sleep the past few nights and my and Oliver’s puke party — don’t worry we both only got sick once each), we are out of the states and officially checked in here in Bimini.

Let’s not lie, it was a long day on the water Sunday, with Jereme taking one for the team and sailing pretty much the entire passage — I wasn’t feeling so hot after a rougher than expected start to the day.  Luckily, the winds turned out to be in our favor so we were able to straight up sail a bunch of the way! And of course, we busted out the GoPro for lots of video footage throughout (I’m hoping to get a video + blog post together later in the week).

Now, we are docked here at Brown’s Marina in North Bimini/Alicetown for what appears to be a few days. It looks like there’s a nasty weather system moving in and we are SO new at this, so we will most likely stay put until it passes through. Brown’s Marina is pretty awesome! A smaller, boutique style marina with a great little man-made beach, a nice lounge area, decent showers, and a super helpful marina staff (Humphrey is the best!).

It got to be a little too late on Sunday to check in at customs/immigration, so we waited until first thing Monday morning. Jereme made the haul to several different offices to get everything squared away, and we are all set to cruise the Bahamas for 60 days (or longer if we need an extension).

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^^raising the bahamian courtesy flag after checking in at customs/immigration.^^

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After Sunday’s exhausting sail, we decided to sleep in on Monday and take it easy. We toasted up some raisin bread for breakfast (have I mentioned that we threw away our regular toaster on Day 1 in Boot Key Harbor after realizing it draws crazy power and are now making toast the old fashioned way — in a skillet on our propane stovetop), washed down the boat (it hasn’t been cleaned in 3 weeks), and then hit the beach for some much needed down time.

Bimini is small and cute and adorable… exactly what I pictured in my head.

We walked up Queen’s Highway to see “the town,” which is basically a few tiny retail type shops, two little grocery stores, a few small bars, a school, 3 or so other small marinas, multiple customs/immigration offices (of course), and that’s about it. I did notice a tiny bakery shop that I might pop in today or tomorrow for some fresh bahamian goodies!

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After strolling around town, we checked out the beach on the west side of the island (basically right across the street from the marina). And thank goodness we picked up a small cooler in Marathon before we left…that definitely came in handy for toting our beers to the beach today! PS – we are trying desperately to rid ourselves of our horrid farmer tans. ;))

Have I mentioned that the water here is AMAZING?!?!! Completely perfectly turquoise blue and crystal clear!

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There were only one or two other people on the beach and Oliver thoroughly enjoyed “letting loose” as he sprinted up and down the beach and rolled around in the sand like crazy (we had fun cleaning him up after, lol).

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We just learned that our friends from MJ Sailing arrived yesterday too and we’re hoping to meet up with Jessica + Matt while we’re here!

Life is good.

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>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Bahamas + Caribbean.

DeborahApril 8, 2014 - 2:44 am

Ahhhhhh. It.is.so.beautiful!!! Congrats on the crossing. Oliver is definitely enjoying himself. Have a blast and keep posting for the rest of us who can’t quite get our butts of the dock yet.

Deborah svwrightaway

LeighApril 8, 2014 - 3:31 am

Gah!! Just perfect.

JC3April 8, 2014 - 3:52 am

I really enjoy your blog. You have a great writing style that is easy to follow, exciting and fresh. I also appreciate that it is very family safe as our daughter loves to read it as well. We love Bimini but you have not seen good water till you hit the Exumas.
BTW, your pictures are GREAT too! Thanks for taking us with you and we look forward to more great post/pictures as you make youe way. We will say a prayer for safe travels, JC

HillaryApril 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Looks great guys – how exciting! Can’t wait to get our boat in the water!

Jessica - MJ SailingApril 8, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Your photos of town and of the beach are so beautiful! Sorry we missed each other yesterday, but we’ll be here for a few days too. There will definitely be a hang out. 😉

TiffanyApril 8, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Some how I stumbled upon you folks while following Sailing with Totem, a family out of the NW who has been sailing around the world for a handful of years. I really enjoy reading and seeing pictures about their adventure and lifestyle. I’m excited to follow you folks as well as it will be a different vibe traveling as just a couple with Oliver. The pictures you have taken are simply beautiful. Some really great shots. Thanks for sharing your experience…makes me want to get the heck out of dodge!

Tiffany, Olympia WA.

Jennifer - Luna SeaApril 8, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Love it!

LisaApril 8, 2014 - 5:54 pm

LOVE all the pictures!!!! Don’t buy too many t-shirts :)

Amanda CaputoApril 8, 2014 - 7:01 pm

So beautiful!! Looks like a photogs dream with all the colors!!!

Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream PuffApril 8, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Yeay for you!!!!

Congratulations on a safe Gulf Stream crossing. We know first hand that can be a little nerve wracking.

Do they still have home made ice-cream at the little shop outside of the Big Bimini Game Club?

Mark and Cindy
s/v Cream Puff
http://www.creampuff.us

Aunt RoseyApril 8, 2014 - 10:00 pm

So happy you made it so well!!! The water is absolutely beautiful – who wouldn’t want a private beach???? Enjoy :-))

CaleeApril 8, 2014 - 10:02 pm

omg the colors … wow. I’m going to steal some of these images for color inspiration for my design work. So gorgeous! glad that you got there safe. EB was worried.

EricApril 8, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Very #dinghylife my friends.

Paul SchroderApril 9, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Just found your blog today and had a nice time reading. Thanks for taking the time to blog. Sites like yours are the lifeblood for so many of us just waiting to be freed from land!
Have a great day and I look forward to your postings.

BillApril 11, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Congrats on making the crossing! I’ll be doing it in a few weeks, can’t wait!

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