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On Island Time in Paradise – Part 2

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On Island Time in Paradise

William Fair Roberts
November 25, 2011 part two

As I write this I am in a it is shortly after 1:00 p.m. and I am in Miami heading east to Key Biscayne.  We just past Highway 1, so we will be there in less than thirty minutes.   The weather here is warm and sunny and the beaches are lined with people reveling in the sun’s rays.  The waves are calling me as we pass over the long bridge to Key Biscayne.  It has been too long.  I have been gone too long.  I am happy to be back in the tropics.  If all goes well, I will be on Richard’s boat in about thirty minutes or so, and then when all of his passengers are on board, we will head across the Gulf Stream to what I consider the truly civilized world of the islands.


It has been a while since I “cruised” across from Key Biscayne to Grand Bahama and I don’t remember how long the trip is.  I also don’t know how fast Richard’s boat is so I have no idea when we will arrive.  Crossing the Bahamas Grand Bank is never routine, but Richard does it enough to make it seem that way.  I have notified the captain of the boat in Marsh Harbor to leave without me if I am not there by the time he wants to set sail tomorrow.  I hate schedules but, if I have to work within one, I hate missing the ones I do have adhere to more than I anything.  So, rather than make him wait, I told him to leave without me if I am not there.

I am meeting Richard at a little harbor of Sunset Harbour Drive.  I called him a few minutes ago and he said his clients wanted to make the crossing at night so we won’t be leaving for another four hours or so.  If the weather holds it should be a beautiful night for star gazing while we are sailing across the Gulfstream.  …arriving at the dock.

It is now 4:00 p.m. and Richard says we will be casting off at 6:30.  He said if the conditions are good we will be at the west end in roughly six hours.  I have not yet met the other passengers but I am going to grab a conch po’boy and a beer before it is time to head out.  This is very often a rough ride, so I am going to grab a bag of ginger snaps to ward off sea sickness…just in case.

I will try to post again tomorrow if I can find the time to write a little tonight.   By morning I will be on island time.

William Fair Roberts…soon to be…on island time in paradise