Friends from our hometown of Stow, MA happened to be vacationing in the Turks and Caicos while we were in the area so we made an effort to get together with them. After we (and especially Mia) got caught up on all the happenings with friends back home we headed toward the Bahamas. As we were leaving the Caicos Bank, I spotted something bright pink flying low on the horizon. It took several moments to realize that it was a flamingo. It was a memorable sight, the bright pink against the turquoise water was wonderful. We arrived in Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas after an overnight passage. The harbor has very clear water, is expansive and surrounded on all sides by white sand beaches. After clearing customs we started exploring inland. We found Dean's Blue Hole, the deepest saltwater hole which plunges to a depth of 663ft from the surface. Free divers have set depth records there. The girls and friends from Alexina, a British sailboat, enjoyed swimming to the ramp in the middle of the picturesque cove. Our next stop was Calabash Bay off Cape Santa Maria beach, another very scenic and serene spot on the northern end of Long Island. We are now exploring Georgetown, the hub of cruising activity in the Bahamas, and are especially looking forward to the local Regatta to be held here starting in a few days.