A very special guest review…

Jim and Kim,
I hope all is well.
Pamela and I want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for allowing us the opportunity to enjoy your fabulous Bahamas retreat.
You were more than fair to honor our paid reservation after more than a year, we are so greatful.
We have so many wonderful  memories of a week full of awesome experiences. It was more than just another vacation. It was truly therapy. One particular moment on about the fourth day. We were in the 15 on our way back from Hopetown. It was one of those perfect Bahamian afternoons with the sun shining, the white billowing clouds against a beautiful blue sky, the clear green Bahamian water with a light chop, we were scooting along with the breeze blowing away all of our cares. I looked over at Pamela as she was lost in the beauty of the moment looking aimlessly ahead. She had such an expression of peace and tranquility, a tear of happiness welled up in my eyes. It was as though she had finally come home. Did you ever fall in love all over again with someone that you have been in love with for more than 25 years? That is how I felt at that moment.
For all of that and so much more, thank you.
I am sure that you have experienced so many of your own special moments in that wonderful place in the middle of the ocean.
We can’t wait to add to ours the next time. Until then we will just have to enjoy our photos and the memories.
Dennis and Pamela

TBT for TWT – Comfortable boating

bean bag boat chair
The best boat seat ever!

Considering it is ‘throwback Thursday’ I had to mention my new favorite boat accessory. I loved them in the 60’s and can’t believe we didn’t think of them for a boat back then. I don’t care how rough the seas I am always comfy in my bean bag. I let Don use it this day – he loved it too!


We love Poke!  It’s fab rolled in a lettuce leaf!


Poke (pronounced POH-kay) is served in Hawaiian homes and restaurants as a side dish.  No gathering in Hawaii would be complete without a few bowls of poke. In Hawaiian, it means “cut piece” or “small piece.” Poke is bite-size pieces of raw fish doused in seasonings.

For centuries, Hawaiian fishermen cut their catch of raw fish into cubes and seasoned it with whatever they had on hand. Modern recipes for Poke use seasonings from different cultures in the Islands: soy sauce, onions, tomatoes, and chilies. It is so common in Hawaiian culture, that you can buy it at the local grocery store and choose from several freshly made varieties.  It is considered a local food or “local grind” – comfort food to the Hawaiians.  It wasn’t until the 1970s that recipes for poke were published in cookbooks.

So do your own thing with your raw fish but if you need a base here is a great recipe:


2 pounds fresh or sashimi-grade Ahi tuna steaks, cut into bite-size pieces*
1/2 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup chopped green onions (tops included)
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 to 2 chile peppers cored, seeded, and finely minced
Coarse salt to taste
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds**
1 tablespoon finely chopped toasted macadamia nuts***
Boy choy or romaine lettuce leaves

* If you cannot buy freshly caught fish, purchase only fresh sashimi or sushi-grade fish. Look for tuna fillets that are bright in color, not dull or darkened or dry looking. Buy loins or thick fillets (at least one-inch thick).
** To toast sesame seeds: Place sesame seeds in a small dry saucepan over medium heat; stirring occasionally, toast 3 minutes or until golden brown (watch closely as seeds burn easily).

*** To toast whole macadamia nuts: spread whole nuts on a baking or cookie sheet and toast in a preheated 300 degree F. oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned (watch closely as nuts burn easily).