If you are just joining our party, head back over to Part 1
If you are just joining our party, head back over to Part 1 and see how this all began.
Party at the end of the world
Star was expecting us so he had stocked up on Kalik and Havana Club Rum and made us several pitchers of pina coladas made from fresh coconut and pineapples. He held true to his claim of being a chef quality cook and made us an amazing lobster and conch feast that would rival any I have had. All of the lobster and conch were fresh from the water and the butter sauce was so good I actually took a sip from the dish. Topped off with the fresh pina coladas, cold Kalik, and the knowledge that we had our own private water front bar in Bimini, I am not sure that meal could have been better.
Now aside from being an amazing cook, a gracious host, and an overall great person, Star was also one of the best I have seen at the Bimini Hook game. It seemed that from any location he could nail the hook. And just when we thought he had lost his touch, or it was a fluke, he would toss the ring and walk away; and sure enough it landed every time. Myself, I am not expert at this game, in fact on Jost I played at the Soggy Dollar and went almost 30 goes before hooking it once. But that day in Bimini I was on fire! I tossed no more than 3 times before hooking it for many turns. This made me endlessly happy.
Now I don’t recall where the idea came from, or who initiated it; but at some point someone leaped from the dock and took a swim. This set off a chain of events that led to us all taking the plunge. We even talked Star into joining us! So the next five hours or so were spent jumping from the dock, laughing, and having a great time. I can’t tell you why something so simple as leaping from the dock was so much fun, but this was one of those times I will always remember. Perhaps it was the youthful, childlike playfulness of the entire thing.
Was this what it was like to be a kid again? Is this the utter joy in the trivial that we as adults have lost? If that is the case it will be my mission to find this unbridled joy more often. But perhaps that is why we love to escape on these trips so often. Myself, I pride myself in being a big kid; but maybe I am not so much as I would like to think.
But that as it may or may not be, during our time on that dock we were kids again. And amidst the laughter and turns jumping into the water, for the second time in a month, I was overcame by a great feeling. It’s that thought, that moment when you step back from what’s going on, and you can’t help but smile and be happy with your life. It’s those moments when you realize that you are truly living your life and that this is one of those magical times that are so rare and that will stay with you forever. I was there, in that moment as I lived it; and that made all the difference for me.
I have traveled a lot and had a lot of great experiences but I can honestly say that this was one of those memorable times that will always shine through when I think back on my life and all I have done. So for that I thank the amazing people of Bimini, my travel companions, and our new friends Yaritza and John; and of course the incomparable Star. We finished off our night with some more food and drink at Big Johns, drinking beer in the pool at the resort, and hanging out on the docks with Star.
Sunday we had a late flight so we headed back to Bimini Bay, but our little bar was closed and Geo was nowhere to be seen. We left a note saying we’d return soon and headed back to return the Cart. On the way we needed to stop and so I could get a new pair of flip-flops as I managed to blow mine out the night before and barely recall tossing them at a stuffed fish. We had one more meal and a few cocktails at the Big Game Club and then headed out.
Like all amazing trips it ended too early and we had to make our way home. So again we loaded the ferry, check in at the airport, and killed the last few minutes we had on the island at the small bar next door. The plane lifted off, topped off around 5,000 feet, and in just 20 minutes we landed; our trip was officially over. But before we landed we had already started the plans for the next trip. And, with a ferry that runs to Bimini opening up just down the road from me you can be assured that this is just the first installment of our Bimini and Bahamas adventures.
A special thank you to the Bimini Big Game Club for their hospitality at their beautiful resort. Keep an eye on the horizon for a post on this great location at worlds end. Cheers