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The Mailboat To Long Island, Bahamas

We couldn’t have been more excited to embark on the adventure that lay before us. We got up early that morning and made our way to the mailboat at Potter’s Cay under the Paradise Island bridge.

We were going to Long Island.

The captain pulled the boat in closer and held out his hand to assist me on board. His huge friendly grin revealed a rough set of teeth, one of which was encased in gold. I didn’t understand what he was saying but I somehow knew he was welcoming us.

The mailboat was a rugged tank of a boat that looked like it could withstand anything and probably had. In his heavily broken English the captain told us that mailboats were used to transport mail, livestock, produce and other cargo throughout the many islands of the Bahamas. Today it was also transporting us to Clarence Town at the south end of Long Island.

The trip was approximately 12 hours and we had calm seas the whole way. I had never before been out in the middle of the ocean and it was amazing to me to be able to look around and not see land in any direction. I breathed the fresh ocean air deeply and sank into a sense of freedom and relaxation.

Phase I of our adventure came to an end as we got off the mailboat and set foot on dry land again. Phase II would include a hiking trip and a visit to Dean’s Blue Hole. I could hardly wait.

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