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We’re still in Bimini…

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…

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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.

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^^last photos at Brown’s Marina.^^

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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^^view from the top of the dolphin house.^^

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^^Ernest Hemingway quotes littered the ceiling tiles.^^

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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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^^looks can be deceiving.^^

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^^super delicious conch fritters!^^

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^^strolling around Alicetown.^^

>>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.

DavidApril 11, 2014 - 11:43 am

I have been following you guys for the last few weeks only, loving your creative writing and fantastic pictures (not the iPhone ones)- Really got a shock today when I discovered that Dolphin House has a registration plate from here in my current home state (Alberta). We truly live in a disposable world sometimes…..

Take Care, keep up the great writing on your adventure!
David

ColbyApril 11, 2014 - 2:29 pm

How cool was The Dolphin House?!?! Loved that. One of my favorite things to do when going to the islands is to venture into their native areas and see the really cool, original places. It’s so very interesting. And so different from living in the states. And CJ’s deli…those small hole-in-the-wall places alweays have the BEST food! Love seeing your updates. :)

Kristi ManganApril 11, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Very cool! The Dolphin House looks like such a treasure! Love your pictures! Keep ’em coming!

LeighApril 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

Postcards are exactly what these look like!!! Unreal!