Today starts with a feast of grilled cheese, tomato and ham sandwiches Jen prepares for all of us, followed by stops at the grocery and liquor stores to replenish our rations.
When we return, I stay indoors a while to cool off from the heat, then eventually slather on some sunscreen and bug spray and wander down to the beach to join the others.
The temperature’s cooled down, so it’s nice – not as blazing hot as it has been over the past several days.
I recline on a deck chair while Christine and Jen alternate between lounging on the chairs and bobbing about in the water.
But the visit is fleeting, and our furry new acquaintance gets up and continues trotting down the beach.
We’re back in the villa around 6 p.m. and by 7 p.m. are heading west to a restaurant called Compass Point.
It’s located in a community by the same name and – unlike our trip to Sandy Point, it’s about a 15-minute taxi ride from Cable Beach. We pass recent condo developments, gated communities and a local fish-fry shack on the way.
But when we finally arrive at the restaurant and are seated by the water, that is the best view by far. Nothing on the horizon as far as the eye can see.
Christine and I try the Chef’s special – grouper – while Jen opts for a conch chowder and a salad. Sadly, there are no stars or moonlight to accompany our dinner – just the very dim flicker of our table candles, and the nearby glare from mounted TV screens and the lights at the bar. Above us, we see the occasional lights of airplanes preparing to land.
It’s not a late night for us – we have an early start, for our big day trip to the Exuma Cays!