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“Paradise” the man on the beach repeated, with a delightful French accent.  A perfect description of Tahiti Beach, at the south end of Elbow Cay.  Low tide was at 8:40 a.m., so that’s when we arrived.  To walk out on the long curving sand bar that appears when the water recedes.  The surrounding shallow water is filled with sea life.

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The water over the shallows is so beautiful.

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I love the colors.

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We found sea stars.  Orange:

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And green:

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And star fish:

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No sand dollars today, but I turned over this leaf that was in about two feet of water.

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And found this.

 

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Here is a bi-valve attached to some sponge.

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These three birds were watching the wavelets.

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But soon departed.

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We found this beautiful little conch shell.

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With a conch inside.

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Who tried to get out.

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To push himself back to his favored upside down position.   (That’s the part you eat in conch fritters.)

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He finally gave up and retreated.

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On the way back to the harbor, we stopped at Pappa Naste’s for BBQ.  Great pulled pork and sides at a picnic table on a hill with a breeze.  Delicious.

Back at the boat, we did cleaning chores.   A wedding party of about 100 guests was transported across the harbor – from the beach wedding to the marina reception – on the Froggie boat, with island music blaring and the band in Junkanoo costumes.   So festive.   Just before sunset, we set out for Firefly – a resort and restaurant south of the harbor, on the Sea of Abaco.

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For a special treat.  Not just the fruity rum drinks and conch fritters (these are made with a sweet corn bread batter).   But this:

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A magnificent sunset.  Then it was back to the boat for sauteed grouper and salad.  As an extra special treat, the Lodge launched fireworks. 

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Right on top of us.  You can see the boat’s boom in the picture, next to the fireworks.  What a large day. 

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