Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Bahamas

My Vacation:
Well, it was a 2 day drive to Ft. Lauderdale Florida, and from there, we took the early boat to the Grand Bahamas Island. That picture there is the sunrise in Ft. Lauderdale. The boat ride was nice, and a 5 star breakfast and lunch was provided with the trip.
I finished This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti on the ship.

Once on land, we checked into the resort and relaxed. The next day, we took a tour around the island on a tour bus, with others from the resort.
The people there are so friendly, it was incredible. Even with each other, they were kind, not just to the tourists.

That beach there is Xanadu, the closest one to the resort. We went snorkeling in 4 different beaches, and that was one of them. The next two pictures are from the snorkeling. I chased a big 4ft long fish for a couple hundred feet, then we came back into shore later. We looked at the fish chart, and I was chasing a baracuda around. Thats my wisdom of the sea in action...
It also rained that day, and the bugs come out after the rain, and I swear I got 200 bites on me. While at the resort, I read Executive Orders, by Tom Clancy, a 900 page hardback with size 9 font.

We left after a week, and took the boat home again. That sunset picture is from the boat, and the sun is setting. After that picture it was really stormy, so we went in and watched the Heat beat the Pistons. That was a fun part of vacation, being able to watch the Mavricks play in the playoffs, because the resort had cable, and we don't at home.
Anyways, we drove home for 2 more days, and now we're back.

The Bahamas as a Nation:
This place rocked, and not just because of the wonderful weather, ocean, and people. They are very libertarian. No Income Tax, No Sales Tax, and No Property Tax. All government income is off of import duties.
They don't have any welfare either, so the government is minimal. The bahmian citizens are not allowed to gamble, so they can't blow their money.
No seat belt laws, very few traffic laws, and no alchohol laws. The prison systems are very rough, no TV, basic foods, and not many comforts. Basically, the way they ought to be.
On sundays, about 90% of the people are in church, predominantly babtist.

Its a great place, and they recover well from huricanes. I would love to go back.

Also, if the formating is messed up, I apoligise. WYSIWYG isn't working right.


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I am glad you liked the place.

Carey said...

Did you actually take those photos? If so, I am quite impressed -- especially like the sunset one. That is absolutely gorgeous!

Xanadu... reminds me of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan"...

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

"This Present Darkness" is on my never-ending reading list. Like Tom Clancy's work (esp. Splinter Cell).

I like the sound of the Bahamas' government - especially the prison system.

BTW, it's spelled "Baptist." The spelling police strikes again!

Palm boy said...

All of the above pictures were taken by myself, or family members.

Never read Kubla Khan before..And now I have.
But the beech was nice.

Never read Splinter Cell, but the games are good.

Carey said...

Yeah, the games are good. I don't like playing them as much as I like watching my brothers play -- then I sit back, watch, and make comments while they play Splinter Cell. Chaos Theory is my favorite one to watch.