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Where’s the boat?  We’d flown to Marsh Harbor via Nassau.  Motu Iti was supposed to be patiently awaiting our return – on the hard at the Marsh Harbour Boat Yard.  We arrived late – about 9pm (flight was delayed) and NO BOAT.  There was an empty space where our boat had been!  A frantic tour of the boat yard revealed that she’d been launched.  Not good.  We have some minor bottom work to do and we don’t like our boat to be handled when we’re not there.  Plus, there was a hard dinghy upside down on our foredeck.  It didn’t belong to us and our dinghy was nowhere to be seen.  We were tired, hungry and very unhappy. 

We reached the marina folks by phone (via the security guard) and they were at the boat at 9am to haul her back out.   And they found our dinghy.  Now we are climbing up the ladder to our boat home; the electric is hooked up; and we are trying to clean and re-store our stuff.

But at 2pm, we were at the ferry dock in Marsh Harbor, headed for Hopetown for a Halloween celebration!  We checked into the Hopetown Harbour Lodge – we’ve always wanted to stay there.  It’s an old-fashioned sort of resort – very small.  This is the view from the deck and doorwall of our room – the Atlantic Ocean.

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This is the view from the porch at the entrance to the room – Hopetown Harbor. 

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Conch fritters at Cap’n Jack’s and then SHOWERS. 

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Now we’re ready for the Halloween party.  A fun evening, re-connecting with old friends.

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We made sure to visit the haunted house sponsored by the Junior Sailing Club – one dollar admission.  It was scary, amazingly decorated, and well-acted.  Plus, there were treats at the end. 

Sunday morning, we walked the beach …

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for chicken souse at On Da Beach.  Yum, yum.  We were first to arrive at On Da Beach on their opening day for the season.   We ate the souse so fast I never got a picture, but here’s the view:

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Plus, we had a visit from this curly tail.

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All in all, a bit of fun before we return to Motu Iti to get her ready to be re-launched.    We brought a lot of stuff with us – our list from last April.  Now it’s time to do some bottom painting, get her rigged, un-shrink-wrap everything we left on the boat, clean, re-organize, stow all the new stuff, stock up on food, and get her in the water and on her mooring in Hopetown harbor.

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