Friday, August 1, 2014

A "Must Do" in the Bahamas....Swimming With the Dolphins

While the "big kids" went on a "play date" together (as in a speedboat excursion to the Exumas) yesterday, "W" aka "Bean" and I took the kiddos on our own little adventure.
We decided to hop on the ferry boat and head over to Nassau.  Now.  Ferry boats scare the living daylights out of me and I'm not lying.
and the ones here in the Bahamas are SO freaking old.  Still it is a fun adventure and the local guide was awesome.
 Here we go with another photo overload!!!

Bennett said "Gigi, I weally, weally want to go on dat boat."

Conversations between a 6 yr. old and a 4 yr. old are priceless.

When you go to Nassau, you have to visit the straw market.
....but get ready.  If you don't like to be asked by every vendor there to buy everything you see this may not be your gig.

This was the sweetest man, and so proud of his beautiful work!

he is like the coolest kid ever.

And Evers LOVED the fan we bought her.
So, after that we had a HUGE surprise.  Although the kiddos knew they were getting to do this.
Swimming with the dolphins....
y'all.  This truly was one of the most fun things I have done here in the Bahamas.  And the kids had a blast.  I want a dolphin of my own.  I really, really do.

we got there early because we really had no clue what we were doing.  So, I was able to catch a few shots of the dolphins in action.

 after donning our wet suits we gathered for our awkward family photo :)
just kidding, these will go in a frame :)

Our dolphin's name was Ickaroo, and was the strongest out of the group!

be still my Bennett loving heart.

he absolutely LOVED this!

and so did Evers!

and so did Gigi....

and Bean...

I think he liked her too!

Bean and I got to do the Shag with Ickaroo.

It was a pretty exhausting day....

so, here is the down low on the Dolphin Encounter at the Atlantis.
First of all, it's pricey.  But, there are a few ways around that.
An adult has to accompany a child.  Not sure what the age cut off is.  I think the price is around 150.00 per person.  You cannot take a camera with you.  You can, however, sit on the beach and take pics.  So, if you have someone who is not interested in interacting with the dolphin they can pay a minimal price and take pics from the beach.  We bought the photo pack (actually a flash drive), and were able to get about 45 shots.  I think that is the best way to go with the photos.  I read a bunch of reviews that said the photographers didn't know what they were doing but I thought they did a great job!
The trainers are very knowledgeable and treat the dolphins extremely well.  And those creatures seem very happy.
I'm giving the Dolphin Encounter at the Atlantis two thumbs up!!!

have a great day y'all!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Bahamas....The Poop Deck!

It's not what you're thinking....
It's one of our favorite little places to eat in the Bahamas.
Y'all.  We have seriously been going here for about 30 years.
no joke.
So, off we went for our annual trip to The Poop Deck.
It truly is a must go to place when you visit Paradise Island or Nassau.

now for my lil photo album...

you just cannot even believe how much these two love each other.

I think they look a little bit alike too....

poor buddy, is here by himself.  His wonderful (and brilliant btw) wife is studying to be a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and it is crunch time back at the ranch.  We miss you sweet Ames! :(

one of my favorite son's in law...

so Bennett gives these hilarious faces and "Boo" imitates him all the time.

he gets those blue eyes from her.

"Sands" beer is the best!

It was SUCH a fun night....except for my disastrous visit to the casino...uh, lets just not talk about that....

Have a wonderful day y'all!!!!