The rally started on the bad foot ! Randy Boone, the water survival seminar specialist was on time at the meeting point: Banyan, ready to go, but no dinggie !..
Saturday, April 5 – We waived goodbye at Mr. Boone !!!!
Take off 9:00 AM – Our first destination: MYSM San Salvador
As always, flying over the Bahamas chain of islands is a great experience especially when weather is perfectly clear. Out of the 17 planes, the lake amphib from Canada, again got the best out of it !
We flew straight to San Salvador, an International airport. Clearing Customs there was a breeze and we were welcomed with a warm reception. It was very nice to finally meet Virginia Romer, the first person I contacted on the island and who made things happen with Michelle’s support (owner of Riding Rock) and Mr. Roberts, island administrator.
The arrival of 40 some people was very well orchestrated as many well briefed locals attended to facilitate the passenger transfers on a very timely manner. Check in and luggage delivered to our rooms !! done in a blink.
Mr. Boone was quickly forgotten and replaced by a Miss San Salvador pageant . The initial selection was taking place on that week end. When we learned that contestants where about to embark on floats to tour the island, too impatient to see them, we asked to be taken to their gathering point.
A group of absolutely gorgeous young girls dressed with splendid hand crafted costumes made of Bahamian material wearing spectacular headpeices and artistic makeup, were getting ready to jump on the back of a decorated truck to tour the island.
Girls are judged on the costume, their beauty, but also on the way they present themselves and good manners . They had it all. Selection was to be a real challenge.
4 PM time for the treasure hunt ! All onboard open trucks, sitting high on benches we could enjoy the breeze while riding along.
Sunday 9:00 AM, we walked to the Church of God Prophecy where dignitaries and locals, very elegant ladies and gents attended mass.
Everyone including our group was very attentive to the sermon and loved the chorus. It was for all a very emotional moment.
11 AM, island kids where invited by pilots to FLY to Rum Cay for lunch onboard our planes (Photo: Ray Lee)
It was their first introduction to flying and for many an opportunity to visit the people of neighboring island Rum Cay
Lunch at Rum Cay was a pleasant experience. The people of Rum Cay appreciated the visit.
After lunch we returned to San Salvador on time for the beach party. Food & beverage stands, crafts and music… We were treated to the best ever BBQ ribs “San Salvador style”. A perfect day!! sharing great moments on the beach, great ambiance at the beat of Bahamian music in company of happy local people and kids who knew us by our first names. A five star experience !!!
Christopher Columbus landed HERE on his first voyage to the new world.
San Salvador was also the perfect place to start the Rally. THANK YOU Mr. Roberts, Virginia and Michelle and all the people of San Salvador !!!
Frank enjoyed his room with a view !!