Loving life and patiently waiting for the next good weather window so we can make a move over to the Berry Islands or possibly straight to the Exumas. It was pretty windy the other day making the beach on the west side of the island look like this…
Meanwhile here in Bimini, we just relocated ourselves from Brown’s Marina at the south end of North Bimini to an anchorage at the north end of the island where our friends >>MJ Sailing<< have been anchored since we arrived in the Bahamas. Right now, it’s just the two of our boats here at the quiet anchorage next to Bimini Bay Resort.
We never planned on staying at Brown’s for more than a day or two, so after 4 nights, it was definitely time to get a move on…and save some moola at an, ahem, free anchorage.
Over the past day or two, we’ve been spending our time working on small, miscellaneous tasks we’ve been meaning to complete…like grooming the dog (poor Oliver got a very novice hair cut yesterday!) and installing the new canvas snake cover for our solar panel wires that we had made in Marathon. And hanging with lots of other cruisers we’ve met here in Bimini.
We’ve also continued to explore Alicetown by foot and plan to check out Baileytown too over the next 3 days. There are SO many interesting things to see here, like The Dolphin House.
We had been told by a few folks here that The Dolphin House is a must-see! So on Wednesday, we strolled up Queen’s Highway until we saw the little hand-painted sign on the side of the road and made our way up the narrow road to find the most interesting and ultra creative hand-built house here on the island.
We were greeted by Ashley Saunders himself, a native of Alicetown, local author, artist, and historian on the island, who offered to give us a tour of the home he built.
The Dolphin House is the result of one man’s love of the sea and his passion to create something truly special. And one experience I am so glad we didn’t miss out on!
In 1993, Saunders began construction of a house unlike any other using items found on the beach and scrapped materials to decorate every inch of the concrete structure. He literally walks the beach every morning in search of new treasures to add to his masterpiece. And this work of art is constantly evolving — he is currently adding a rooftop deck to the already two-story home. The interior and exterior walls are completely covered in mosaics composed of colorful tiles, shells, bottles, sea glass, coins, and lots of other found objects. Saunders’ chaotic mosaics act as homages to his island’s history and his love of sea life, particularly dolphins.
The history is much richer in Bimini than what meets the eye. In addition to constructing this very unique home, Saunders has worked diligently to preserve the islands history, and has built a museum as part of the house to showcase Bimini artifacts. We relished every second of our tour with Ashley Saunders.
We also had a very delicious conch fritter lunch at CJ’s Deli on the beach and may or may not have picked up a few slices of guava cake and a cheese danish at Taste of Heaven Bakery in Alicetown. 😉
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