|Meg and Tom from Sun Cat|
|The Irish had their St. Paddy"s Day Parade in Marsh Harbor|
They participated in the “Shortest St. Paddy's Day Parade” while I took pictures. It was all of about two blocks. It was all cruisers who dressed in green and many with crazy St. Paddy's Day get-ups.
Anyone who participated got a beer as they passed a stand for Sands Beer
|You can see the flags standing straight out when blowing 30 knots.|
|Two members of the audience play the saw along with the musicians.|
|Doing the Limbo while carrying a woman. Now I'd say he is quite fit!|
|He even lights his cigarette while going through!|
|Nicely maintained Grabbers Bar and Grill|
|It can be peaceful during day, but it hops at night at Grabbers.|
|The famous "Barefoot Man"|
|The crowds enjoying the music.|
|Even Pepper, Ron and Mercedes dog found things delicious!|
|I found Meg and Tom around the pool enjoying the Barefoot Man.|
|Mercedes and Denise enjoying the day.|
|A little busier than the day before!|
Later that evening Mercedes and Ron on Samana had us over to sample lion fish. Lionfish are the fish that have invaded the Western Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. We have seen lionfish when we snorkeled. It is believe that it started by an individual who disposed of a lionfish from his aquarium because it got to big or was eating all his fish. That is the reason they are not good for the environment because they eat all the other fish. They actually tell people to kill any lionfish they see while spear fishing. The interesting thing is people think they are poisonous. However, the truth is they are venomous. They inject venom through their dorsal, pelvic and anal spines if they puncture you. So Ron has learned how to catch them and get rid of the nasty parts. The meat is delicious! Mercedes made a tempura batter and deep fried it. The meat was a very white buttery meat similar but better than flounder. So in one day we had two new firsts; seeing the Barefoot Man and tasting lionfish. What a day!
It looks pretty but stay away from the spines.
|Photo of a lionfish from National Geographic .|
|Cute cottages and stores.|
We walked the cute settlement with flowers blooming all around and the brightly colored cottages and narrow streets.
|The Hope Town Lighthouse|
Traveling the island is by golf carts which reminded me of Bald Head Island, NC. You can walk to the beach, snorkel off the beach, visit the lighthouse, shop the stores or visit many of the various restaurants in town. Some people come and spend the entire winter on a mooring ball in Harbor Island.
Al and I walked the north end of the island where many of the houses, large or small are for rent.
|We even found one called Blue Heaven if you look closely at the sign.|
|So this is where Rudolph spends the rest of winter and spring.|
We came across a wild life sanctuary which was identified by a sign and friendly reindeer. It was a lovely walk and we could see the Hope Town sailing club races going on out in the sound.
|Dinghy and sunfish races in the sound.|
Once back in town I saw a sign for Sunday Mass at 12:30PM. I attended it which was at the small park out in the open. The priest comes in by ferry from Marsh Harbor to do it every Sunday. It was interesting having a jungle gym, sailboats and the harbor as the altars backdrop. Later we enjoyed dinner at the Harbors Edge with some new acquaintances, Steve and Michele, on John Ray.