This entry covers the long planned week at Atlantis. We parked the boat in slip 10 just before noon on Saturday and before the kids began arriving at the nearby Nassau airport. Wrights and Lavinders came in on the same flight and shared a minibus. Jean was there to meet them and watch as Carson bit his lip after a head bump. Bloody lip and all, it was a joyous reunion. The two families had joining condos on the first floor and not far from the boat. And, Kim and David joined us on the boat. Before long, everyone was in a swim suit and splashing around in the kids pool. We had superb weather the entire week with lots of need for sunscreen. The bahamian meal was a hit with young and old as most tried the new stuff for the first time. The days that followed saw lots of sun, sand and water. The little ones had a variety of activities to attend and everyone got their share of the lazy river tube rides. Melissa organized a slide race tournament that Lee won as two racers vied for the lowest time. The "leap of faith" and the "abyss" were just for the daring and the kids cheered on their parents from the sidelines. Sand castles were a big hit on the nearby beaches.
Dinners were all exquisite with Lavinders providing lasagna and burritos, Wrights tacos and margaritas and Kim and David taking on all the little ones for pizza night at the movies. Adults got plenty of evening time as there were ample babysitters to go around and the joining suites made for easy coverage. In a run at the casino, Bill managed to lose $300 on the same night that Jean won $350 on the penny slots. Mornings, usually got started slowly with coffee and toast for some and a brisk jog by the more athletic. The boaters took full advantage of the dual washing machines ashore and everything got at least one good scrub during the stay.
With the dinghy in the water, Papa was able to ferry the little ones around the harbor and visit the nooks and crannies of the Atlantis waterfront. Otherwise, we walked a lot to get to the water side of the resort. All too soon the Saturday departure day approached. We had wonderful and cooperative weather for the entire week and all returned to their colder climes safely, with tanned bodies and good memories.