March 21, 2019 Thursday Papa Docks, Spanish Wells, St. George’s Cay, Eleuthera 0 nautical miles.
Elevation: 0 ft
Mary loves it here!
Along the Way
Living large. The owner of the Papa Docks marina where we are staying let us borrow her buggy (golf cart) for the day. Road Trip!!!!!! St. George’s Cay (a.k.a. Spanish Wells) is ~1.5 miles long and Russell Island is ~3.5 miles long.
First we wanted to re-trace many of the places in Spanish Wells that we bicycled yesterday.
Check out what’s new in the harbor. Pinder’s Taxi is being brought back on a car ferry from Eleuthera mainland.
Next stop Kathy’s Bakery
We bought Johnny Cake from Kathy. Johnny Cake on Spanish Wells is not like Johnny Cake in the USA as there is no corn meal in it. Johnny Cake is sold in two sizes, the traditional frying pan size and the smaller 5-6 inch size. In the USA we call the smaller size Johnny cakes English muffins!
And then off to Russell Island.
Russell Island Harbor
Property lines along the harbour were delineated by low rock fences and with a row of trees. There were no buildings on any of the plots.
Russell Island Harbor Entrance
Houses. The houses were neighbors. Both coral and blue.
Orchards and Agriculture
People were jumping off the Russell Island bridge when we returned to Spanish Wells.
Living large. Our last adventure of the day was to find fresh lobster for supper.
Our new friend Tim from Budda’s told us to check out Deek at his dock around 2:30pm. Score!!!! Two 3# spiny lobsters for Mary and Dale. Deek dressed them out for us.
Supper was heads and tails prepared two different ways. First course boiled heads and legs. We were surprised at how much sweet meat was in the antenna bases and the legs.
Second course barbecued tails marinated in a little olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and garlic, as Deek recommended.
The lobster was as good as it looks! They were so large we could only eat a 1/2 tail each. Left overs tomorrow!
Mary loves it here!
Spanish Wells is the spiny lobster (langouste) capital of the Bahamas. Bahamas’ lobsters, called crawfish by the locals, are prepared and boxed for export by Ronald Seafood processing at the Spanish Wells dock. Ronald Seafood supplies the Red Lobster restaurant chain, as well as many high-end European eateries.
Crawfishing started in Spanish Wells about 20 years ago and quickly transformed the community from a hard-luck fishing village into one of the wealthiest settlements in the Caribbean.