Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Matt, Mark, Micah: This one's for you.

I photographed the bar at the Green Turtle Resort for my three sons. Twenty years ago we visited Cabbage Key off the west coast of Florida. Tradition was you stapled a dollar bill to the walls, and the walls were covered. Well, the tradition holds here, too. Now they include folks donating their club birgies (pennants you fly on your boat) and these decorate the ceiling as well. Memories, connections, traditions. 

We are wrapping up our visit to Green Turtle Cay. We have managed to eat our dockage and enjoy each meal with new sailing friends. Today we returned to Gillam Bay to hunt for sand dollars. Winds were down considerably today so one could really feel the heat on a cloudless day. We had a great wade in the bay, collected a handful of shells, but not a sand dollar was to be found. I think the calmer waters brought in fewer shells than on rougher days we visited the same site. Lunch came from Macintosh Bakery, a meat pie that was smokin'! We returned our rented golf cart, tried out the pool and finished the day with chores before dinner, all in anticipation of our departure tomorrow and a trip through the whale. Rumor has it it will be flat- we couldn't be happier.

In centuries past a common occupation on the coast and throughout the islands was to be a "wrecker." That meant you just waited for a ship to wreck on the reef or rocks. Then you claimed the spoils for yourself. You needed a high spot, house or tree to perch in to watch for the wrecks. There is a restaurant in New Plymouth named for this practice. Maybe this was a tree used for just such a look out.