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COPA Bahamas Adventure 2016

by on May.02, 2016, under Flying

On Wednes­day April 20, we flew to Fort Laud­erdale, KFXE, and spent the after­noon and evening with our daugh­ter, grand daugh­ter and son-in-law. Great vis­it, then Thurs­day morn­ing we left for Aba­co, Marsh Har­bor Air­port, MYAM, in the Bahamas, to meet the 40 oth­er COPA mem­bers and part­ners for the annu­al COPA Bahamas adven­ture. The one and a half hour flight was great, with views of the beau­ti­ful water as we passed Grand Bahama Island, into Marsh Har­bor. Cus­toms and tie down was effort­less and we were by the pool hav­ing lunch and chat­ting with friends by mid-day. Some took to the water by boat, oth­ers just relaxed by the pool. We spent the after­noon on the beach and then joined the group for wel­come cock­tails host­ed by Bahamas Tourism min­istry. Joe McGo­nigle, our orga­niz­er had every­thing arranged includ­ing door prizes. Lots of social­iz­ing at cock­tails then dinner.

Fri­day was a day to explore. Some went fish­ing, oth­ers took boat tours, oth­ers drove to near by Trea­sure Cay, there were also the relax­ers on the beach and pool. We explored the town of Marsh Har­bor, which is a short walk from the resort. Lots to see, along the har­bor side, shop­ping, and a restau­rant for conch sal­ad for lunch, then relax and social­ize by the pool.

In the evening every­one met on the beach for cock­tails, then dinner.

The Aba­co Beach Resort knocked them­selves out with an incred­i­ble buf­fet din­ner, we then had enter­tain­ment and a huge bond fire on a per­fect Bahami­an evening.

Sat­ur­day, there was an option­al fer­ry trip to Elbow Cay and Hope Town. We did that trip, although we had done it before, oth­ers did the many island things avail­able. Hope Town is a his­toric set­tle­ment, on its own lit­tle island with lots of pret­ty pas­tel col­ored cot­tages and lit­tle shops on wind­ing streets. There is a great beach on one side and har­bor view restau­rants on the oth­er where we had lunch. . The land mark is the Hope Town Lighthouse.

In the evenings we all met at Curly Tails, for final cock­tails, took one last group pic­ture as the sun­set and then had our last din­ner on Abaco.

It was anoth­er great COPA Bahamas adven­ture, with a great group of peo­ple hav­ing a lot of fun togeth­er and expe­ri­enc­ing fly­ing over the incred­i­bly inter­est­ing and beau­ti­ful Bahamas waters. Sun­day some con­tin­ued their adven­ture in the Bahamas oth­ers winged home in per­fect weath­er. Thanks again, to Joe McGo­nigle for orga­niz­ing the trip and Jim and Nan­cy Knol­len­berg for their help, as well as the Bahamas Tourism min­istry for their support.


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