Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crooked Island, Bahamas - Part 1

We landed on Crocked Island having cleared customs easily in Exuma. Here is the runway with the Crooked Island Lodge adjacent.

The Trimbles organized an amazing day of fishing and boating with local captain, Robby and fisherman, Jean.

Here is Robby in the boat with Will and me.

Pink flamingos in their natural habitat. I had never seen that before - so pretty!
Perry, Bill, Will and Barton dove for 12 huge conch for lunch. Billy is holding up a conch here.

Will, Bart and Jean speared 20 spiny lobsters that were very cute - almost the size of large prawn. They had also caught about 8 red snappers before Billy and I touched down. We were well on our way to a magnificent seafood feast!

Jean with the snapper.

Will, Perry, Bill and me watching the fire.

Perry and the boys had built this shelter, just in case of rain.

Billy and Bill on the beach.

Jean, deep into conch ceviche preparations. He shucked the meat from the conch and chopped it finely, adding an chopped onion, green pepper, banana pepper, juice from a sour lime, juice from some navel oranges, and special spices (salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin).

After fileting the fish and marinating them in seawater and spices, Robby wrapped the fish filets with sliced onion, green peppers, the special spice and a little butter. Each formed an individual packet for the grill. The spiny lobster tail was wrapped in the same way with butter and a little sea water. Robby was careful not to cook the lobster too long.

Robby manning the grill with the fruits of his labor below. Between the ceviche, spiny lobster with melted butter, and snapper, I don't know what was better. We barely needed the potato salad or cookies, but we ate them all!

Bart & Will on the boat.
Back at the marina blasted into the coral.

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