To Eleuthera…With Love

The plan was hatched one cold winter night in Roswell, GA during a boys’ night out. Brad Duncan, Steve Navarra, and Kevin O’Donohue—the usual suspects—were reminiscing about the boat trip they took from Key Largo to Key West and back with their respective wives—Susan, Elizabeth, and me—two years before on Brad and Susan’s 30-foot Cobia, a center console fishing boat named Lovin’ Life.

Somehow, the consensus that evening was—perhaps spurred on by the flow of wine or male-fueled bravado—“Let’s do another boat trip together…to the Bahamas!” Like 230 nautical miles over the Atlantic from Key Largo to the south end of Eleuthera, Bahamas—a 12-hour trip on a relatively small open boat … that’s a great idea!

When Kevin told me about the plans to go to Eleuthera, I said, “Eureka!” Then I promptly went to my computer to Google where in the world that was. I had never even heard of it. A quick search revealed that it was a 110-mile-long, thin island in the Bahamas archipelago, great for island-hopping, and is known for being one of the world’s friendliest places with nice resorts, pink sand beaches, hidden caves, natural baths, and swimming holes. If it’s good enough for George Clooney, Lenny Kravitz, and the British Royal Family … let’s go!

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