The “Slow Season” is here for Abaco. Shops are shutting down for a few weeks. Tourists are leaving the beaches. And kids are getting back into school. It’s a time for many locals to decompress and visitors to start planning their next trip.
It’s also a great time for many of us to get to know Abaco better.
Take the day and go to a restaurant in Sandy Point. Hop on a ferry over to the Cays. Go as far north as you can and make as many stops as you want. Get to know Abaco. Get to know its people. Without as many foreign visitors on our shores this part of the year it is a perfect time to learn and experience more.
We have to watch out for each other. Recession economics are still at play in The Bahamas and many businesses and families are hurting. Deciding to get lunch from a local restaurant or buying a souvenir for your children or grandchildren is a great way to keep the economy buoyed. Even in a small way.
In the end it is about people, and how we help each other.
I was in Elbow Cay last weekend and did something I have not done in a very long time. I managed to paddle out and go surfing with my Uncle. While out in the ocean I remembered the simple joys our Abaco can provide.
Of course not everyone enjoys surfing. But many do enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, swimming, bird watching, etc. These are all things we can do and cultivate right here on Abaco.
If we spent this off-season falling back in love with our island and helping our neighbors, we can face the next busy season energized. And since we are at the mercy of BEC, the people need to be the ones energized since BEC does not seem to understand the concept fully.
Joking aside, enjoy September to the fullest.